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Oiling ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Snipes, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Snipes

    Snipes Songster

    May 15, 2010
    If a duckling does not have a duck mother to oil them, can it be done artificially so they can stay in water longer and you don't have to worry quite as much about them being chilled?
  2. morlan75

    morlan75 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    I'm new on the Forum and tbh have not a clue as an answer to your question, I do know however my 3 Khaki's have done over the past week or so a great job of oiling themselves up with no problem at all. Not much help on answering your question I guess but may be of some help? [​IMG]
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I let my ducklings swim from day 3 on. That is in warm water with supervision. I usually start off in a paint tray and go deeper as they get older. The key is to towel dry them off and put them back under the brooder to dry. You will immediately notice that they are preening themselves, even though the gland is not producing the oil yet. This daily exposure to water actually does promotes the oil gland and they will sooner produce then those that are not exposed to water. They get unsupervised swimming outdoors once they are 3 weeks old and it is warm enough. I start off with low Rubbermaid storage plastic tubs (4" deep I think). Don't forget to put something outside to climb in and most important something inside of it so they can get out easily. A brig will usually do the trick. Then you can gradually go deeper as they go. My 8 week old ones are now in a 10" deep kiddie pool.

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