New to Ducklings & a late introduction

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BickeringToast, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. BickeringToast

    BickeringToast Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    I have been lurking on BYC for months, mainly in the chicken coop section. A few weeks ago we decided ducks might be what we start with. So on Thursday morning I fell victim to TSC and came home with 4 ducklings. At the TSC I went to they had separated the Pekin and also the Mallard, That being said I am pretty unsure what I have or their sex. I do think the 2 brown guys are Khaki's but no idea on the black one or the yellow with a light dusting of black. Any ideas?

    I have no idea how old they are and crazy as it may sound I SWEAR they are bigger today then when I brought them home Thursday!!! [​IMG]


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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Yes, they are bigger today. They grow very, very fast.

    What's your setup and how are you and they doing?
     
  3. BickeringToast

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    Camera battery dead so no pics of their duckling home, but this is the 'cage' they are in....


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    The grille/floor is removed so they are down in the pan part which is about 6.5 inches deep. The house itself is about 4ft x 2ft. I am using Sweet PDZ and it has made clean-up pretty easy. I have been giving then chick starter and adding Niacin to their water. They have been swimming in the tub both yesterday and today and it seems to be a big hit!

    I have only just stopped running in the room every time I hear the slightest peep (although I'll admit I am down to about every other time). They are just the cutest things ever!

    We are working on getting the outdoor set-up and reading every post on this forum for tips!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    You have them on something other than just the swett PDZ right? I'd be worried they may eat on the PDZ by it self.
     
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    I use the granular form which would be safe if they did eat it. So far though no eating of the PDZ
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I thought I read on the bag of PDZ some kind of warning , can't remember what it was though. Only problem is with ducklings they may eat too much of a good thing, like grit sometimes if it's put out in feed bowl they will eat way to much grit, Guess I am too much of a worry wort. Sorry. [​IMG] Forgot to say [​IMG]Maybe khaki , blk cayuga? just guessing of course. they sure are adorable.
     
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  7. Amiga

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    Cuties!

    Can't say about Daphne. Welsh Harlequin? But I see possible Cayuga and Khaki Campbell.

    And do be careful having them on just PDZ. Just my gut feeling, haven't done it myself.
     
  8. BickeringToast

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    I will definitely do more research on the PDZ tonight-I do not want anything that would in anyway harm the pack! So far they have not been eating the PDZ (although it's only been -4 days). I have read quite a bit about using it as a bedding-mainly here on BYC https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/211771/what-is-sweet-pdz , https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/621363/poop-board-convert-warning-graphic-gross-poop-pictures are just a couple.

    I didn't even think to mention that the only breeds TSC carries besides the Pekin and Mallard are Rouen, Swedish and Khaki. Not sure how reliable that is though
     
  9. Miss Lydia

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    Solid blk should be Cayuga. http://www.avianweb.com/cayugaducks.html
     
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