New Peking duck mom

PekininNola

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i am losing sleep worried about my 2 baby lemon ducks. I’m so worried I’m doing it wrong. I stare at them looking for signs everything is good. Lol seriously I’m so nervous because I have never done this before.
My first question is it okay if they are a few days old to let them walk around the house? Are they suppose to be under the heat lamp at all times?
I have duck starter is that and water in a small salsa dish enough right now? Any help will help me. I am trying to feel confident I’m doing what’s best for them.
When should they be introduced in a bathtub with a small amount of water?
What are signs they are happy and good?
What are signs they need something?
Is the chirping sound normal? I hear it ever so often.
Any information is helpful. Thank you
 

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Walks around the house are fine. Just make sure they don't get chilled. :) Salsa dish is also fine. Some people give baths right away, but I like to wait at least a week. That way they're a little bigger. It sounds like you're doing everything right so far. :thumbsup

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i am losing sleep worried about my 2 baby lemon ducks. I’m so worried I’m doing it wrong. I stare at them looking for signs everything is good. Lol seriously I’m so nervous because I have never done this before.
My first question is it okay if they are a few days old to let them walk around the house? Are they suppose to be under the heat lamp at all times?
I have duck starter is that and water in a small salsa dish enough right now? Any help will help me. I am trying to feel confident I’m doing what’s best for them.
When should they be introduced in a bathtub with a small amount of water?
What are signs they are happy and good?
What are signs they need something?
Is the chirping sound normal? I hear it ever so often.
Any information is helpful. Thank you
Welcome to BYC! Have you seen this?
http://www.metzerfarms.com/RearingInstructions.cfm?affiliate=undef&CustID=18355456
http://www.metzerfarms.com/NutritionalRequirements.cfm?affiliate=undef&CustID=18355456
 

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When should they be introduced in a bathtub with a small amount of water?
Ducklings and goslings can be introduced to swimming water as early as one week of age but you must be very careful. They must be able to walk in and out of the water very easily. The water should not be too cold and they must be able to find their heat lamp for rewarming without difficulty. As they have no oil on their feathers at this age, they cannot be in the water for long periods or they will become waterlogged and chilled. Do not allow this to happen! But this exposure to water speeds the development of their oil gland and they can probably be swimming freely by five or six weeks of age.
Source:http://www.metzerfarms.com/RearingInstructions.cfm?affiliate=undef&CustID=18355456
 

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