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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by new mum, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. new mum

    new mum Hatching

    Apr 29, 2009
    after a few years keeping chickens we have our first ever ducklings,they are 16 days old and have grown masses already. I have read just about everything available in preperation for having them but still have questions. they seem happy enough, lots of squeeking feeding and pooing. but they look so scruffy.is this normal? they seem to be constantly looking wet yet their bedding is changed twice a day, and the water feeder is only deep enough for them to drink from. some of their feathers look like they have hair gel in them,is this how they are menat to look on route to developing proper feathers not duckling down?

    be very grateful to hear from anyone who has an idea and stop me fretting.. its meant to warm up a bit now so they may get to venture outside for an hour or so later
    hello by the way,[​IMG]

  2. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    scruffy at that age is pretty normal i would think. [​IMG] congrats on the new duckies and

    [​IMG] from Dillingham Alaska!
  3. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    They are awkward teenagers they will always look scruffy until they out grow that stage.

    Sounds like you are going everything right. Just make sure they have some warmth (heat light )to dry off in.
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    At 16 days they could probably use some water for a bath! This would support the preening habit, you might be surprised at the amount of down etc left in the water when they are finished. Just don't let them get too chilled and provide a dry off/warm up area where they will probably sit and go over their bodies with their bills (preening). They probably won't be beauties again untill they have their first set of feathers.
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida.
  6. headred

    headred Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Yep, they go thru that awkward teenager time! They'll be beautiful, full grown ducks in just a few weeks! Its amazing! Enjoy!
  7. new mum

    new mum Hatching

    Apr 29, 2009
    many thanks for the replies
    yesterday turned out lovely so using a tip from this site, I got a new paint roller tray, filled it with water and boy did they love it..only about 2" deep but they had suck fun, then sat preening in the sun and came out looking a bit better.
    thanks again

  8. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    glad to hear your ducklings are looking and feeling better! remember, if you have any questions, BYC is the place to get them answered. as i've heard from another member. the only stupid question is one that isn't asked [​IMG]

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