New ducklings tomorrow!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fowlfriends, May 1, 2008.

  1. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends Out Of The Brooder

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    I can hardly contain myself![​IMG]

    I get to go tomorrow to pick up my new Saxony ducklings from Holderreads! Just 4 babies, since I really do not need any more. These are my first, and likely only baby birds of the year.

    Off to get things ready for them! Yay!
     
  2. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    Cool. Are these your first ducks? If they are good luck and a word of warning: Like chickens they are addicting. If you already have some then you already know that.
     
  3. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I am already an addict.[​IMG] These kids will be added to a mixed flock, and a lone muscovy hen (to be remedied soon, I hope!).


    Pictures to come as soon as I get home tomorrow!
     
  4. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends Out Of The Brooder

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    Well we all got home in one piece! 4 Saxony ducklings, just like I ordered - I ordered late, so am just thrilled to be able to get them! I had a credit left from last year, and asked they throw in one duckling of their choice to make up for the credit. I simply could not believe it when Dave's niece opened the box to show me the babies. Two extras, rather than one. A pair of Miniature Australian Spotteds!!!

    So here they are, approx 2-3 days old now, and just too cute already. I had to temporarily pull them from the heat lamp for pictures, as the red light made them look just a bit odd.



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    The two Australian Spotteds are in the middle in this pic
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  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Cute Ducklings! But remove that newspaper NOW!!! Ducklings should never be brooded on a slippery surface. Either pine shavings or wire.
    Good Luck!
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  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    congrats. I would personaly put them on shavings (not cedar) so they can have some footing. they can't walk well on newspaper!! [​IMG]
     
  7. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the gentle reminder SamG347 - a wire floor is what they belong on - I certainly dont want the little guys to have spraddled legs. I have them on the newspaper only until I get them eating. I guess it was wrong of me, but I just wanted them to find where the food is before putting in the pine shavings - these pictures are only about half an hour after getting them home.

    I have a wire bottomed pen, but am not so sure its large enough for these guys to roam around.
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    precious, I love waterfowl
     
  9. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could also use old towels for awhile then maybe sand if the wire cage is too small.
     
  10. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
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    A good idea is to put paper towels on top of shavings in the brooder. They are awfuly cute little guys be sure to post lots of pics as they grow.
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