New ducklins, HELP! PIC

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by crash0330, May 12, 2010.

  1. crash0330

    crash0330 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Mecca, CA
    My Coop
    Ok so I just got 6 new ducklins from cackle Hatchery today! YAY! its awesome, I believe there all Rouen, which its awesome cuz thats what I wanted , anyways my question is, Is it ok for them to swim on the little water pan I put in there for them? its big enough fpr them to get in it and shallow enough so they dont drown, they seem to like it a lot, but I dont wanna risk their life can you guys please give me some advise should I wait til there a little older or should I leave the pan in there and let them have fun?
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: May 12, 2010

  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I don't know what the standard is, but I let mine splash for a bit then took the water pan out, until they were a week old. I made sure they dried off under a warm light after I toweled them, because they have no preening ability at that age.

    I did leave the waterer in all the time, seems they had great fun with that, too! Messy little stinkers! [​IMG]
  3. lovemeduckins

    lovemeduckins In the Brooder

    May 27, 2009
    Hot-n-humid farm!
    I supervise swimtime the first several times because they can tire and sink until they get bigger. I use a paint tray since it has a ramp and they walk up it when they are tired of the water! I don't leave them alone yet with water they could drown in, and, like ranchhand, I towel dry them and let them fall asleep in my arms while I watch TV. [​IMG]

    This is Blue and Camille's first bath (they are now graduating to the bathtub since this is now too small!):

  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    At three days we used a cake pan with an inch or two of 90 degree F water for about three minutes, then dried them off in the brooder with clean dry bedding. If you don't let them get too tired, or chilled, stay wet too long,or leave them alone, they should be fine.
  5. crash0330

    crash0330 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Mecca, CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Thanks you guys I think I'll remove the pan I had in there and replace it with a much smaller one where they'll only be able to get their bill wet and not their whole body.
    BTW are there actually Rouens? (see pic on first post.)
  6. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    Yeah thats a rouen, just make sure you dry them off or they will get chilled.

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