New duck owner questions!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ktduck, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. ktduck

    ktduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hi all,
    I have recently got two khaki campbell
    Ducklings and I have fallen in love. I do keep worrying about a few things though.
    The first is that at night time we put them in their little house and put a blanket over it. It actually has a little door with slats and they try and jump out of it, this is why we put a barrier up and a blanket. Is it okay to put a blanket over them? They settle after about ten minutes.
    The other is that one of our ducklings, Jennie, keeps nipping at us. On our faces and necks, she is also quite shy and doesn't like being held very much unless u really relax her. The other duckling Francis is the complete opposite, very calm and loves being held. Is this just a personality trait thing?
    Thanks for this great website, I've already found lots of answers to my questions! Also ducklings are 6 days old.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Do you have a heat lamp for them as well? I'd be a little bit wary of blankets on such small ducklings due to the suffocation factor.

    The nibbling is quite common in young ducks. All of my ducks eventually grew out of that phase.

    It does sound like it's just a personality difference. Have you tried giving Jennie treats while you're holding her?
  3. ktduck

    ktduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    Thanks for your reply :)
    We don't have a heat lamp as we live in queensland, australian and it's very warm here.
    What sort of treats could I offer her? We might stop putting the blanket over the pen then? There house is wooden and it has a window etc but I was worried about ventilation.
  4. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    Not sure about the blanket question. Ducklings at age 2weeks old should require brooder temps of 85'F (29.4'C), and then lose by 5'F every week thereafter. Do you have a thermometer? @Kevin565 is exactly correct on the behavior topic.
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I agree with all said above, boy are they cute! almost makes me miss ours being little lol
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Almost.. [​IMG]

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