New Duck Mommy! ^_^

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by flo12345, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. flo12345

    flo12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to be a new duck mom in April and I have a couple questions.
    This is kind of silly question but how do I feed them? I know what food to give them, but do I need to wet it and make it into like a mash? I am a chicken person normaly and I'm very new to ducks. I'm used to beaks, not bills.
    Do they need any medications?
    I read that they don't need medicated starter like chicks do, but I wasn't sure if they need a water supplement or anything.
    I am getting 3 fawn and white runner ducks. 2 hens and a drake.
    I'm so excited!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    How fun, i love baby duckies. Here is a great starter page for you.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711

    Main difference with ducks vs chickens(which i also have) is mess, ducks ARE supreme messy beings.. they love(and need water to eat) and make everything quite soaked. One advantage IMO is the bill won't poke you like chicks do lol

    I personally have started all my ducks on a multi purpose feed(kinda like an all flock/flock raiser) and never added anything beyond that.

    [​IMG] and ducks!
     
  3. mothergooz

    mothergooz Out Of The Brooder

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    Congratulations! You are going to have a ball!
    My duck buddies are the coolist and the most nicest animals I know.
    I can't imagine my life without them. They are very smart and they will teach you much. My ducks have helped me through problems that my human friends could never have.
    Your heart will glow the first time you see your baby ducklings, and you know what? Their hearts will glow the first time they see you.
    Ducks are awesome.
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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Welcome!

    That is a great sticky on raising ducklings! I did notice - someone pointed it out to me recently - that the article recommends keeping food with water 24/7 for the first 2 weeks. I would go more with 8 to 10 weeks.

    Please stay in touch. I have runners and they are great little animals.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hee.. hee that would have been me! I definitely keep it for several weeks. [​IMG]
     
  6. flo12345

    flo12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for all the responses! I am so excited for my new duckies! I'm going to have ducks in April and then more chickens in May! Baby explosion! Thanks again for all the answers! Their names are going to be Ferdinand, Ethel Thayer, and Winifred!
     
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    ktduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love this post!! This is exactly how I feel about my duckies :)
     
  8. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] We will be looking forward to photos and hearing about their adventures!
     
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    How fun! i have done that before too.. fun names as well, update us with pics! we love to see babies here.
     
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  10. flo12345

    flo12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do!
    One more question how long do they need the heat lamp?
    Pictures will be coming as soon as they arrive!
     

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