OMG its a disease!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chicken Fruit, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    We have a mallard duckling, and decided she needed a friend. We ended up with two pekings. lol.

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    GOD they are MESSY ducks! I should have just held out for another mallard or a rouen. How the heck do you keep them from being so smelly?
     
  2. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    I have no clue I am doing the same thing right now I have 3 pekin ducks in a brooder in my living room right now. I have to change them out 3-4 times a day. mine are 1 week old now and stink to high heaven and are the messiest things I have ever seen they will soak their bedding down and then chirp like crazy till I get up out of the bed and change them. I wish I could figure out how to keep them from splashing their water out everywhere!
     
  3. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had call ducks, black east indies, khaki campbells, rouens, indian runners, silky ducks, muscovies and...pekins. (Plus geese). I had so many more problems with the pekins than any other duck! They ate like pigs and were so sloppy. Then, they attacked and killed two pekins ducks just a bit younger. We should have rescued the younger ducks earlier, but it was stupidity on our parts.

    Then, they killed a runner duck. When we gave them to someone, within a couple of hours, they were surrounding a newly killed bunny rabbit.

    The smell was just horrible, compared to the other ducks, I think because of more water and more food. I had the splashing problem too with the youngsters I had. Now, I only spent a couple of months with this particular pair of pekins, and perhaps I had an isolated experience, but I would not want pekins ever again.
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Ducklings are ducklings! You are not going to be able to stop them from being messy or stinky. The only thing you can do is change them several times a day.
     
  5. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I went through the mess last year.But they are totally worth it , I love my ducks
     
  6. Shanay235

    Shanay235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you figure this one out let me know. Eight years into raising ducks and every idea I've ever had has failed. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mikhail

    Mikhail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What Gumpsgirl said. They're very messy, especially with their water. with two of my ducks, I have to change their water several times a day. they get food and anything else they've had in their mouths in it. Its ridiculous how fast it gets dirty. With my other ducks, I use a kiddie pool for a water bowl and that dosn't get dirty as fast for some reason. i can change that only once a day and it hardly even needs it.
     
  8. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgot to add....they are all too cute to resist!!!
     
  9. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Instead of the bedding try a dasie mat
    We use a dasie mat then a towel on one side as a little dry spot
    Still have to clean it 2 times a day. But oh so easy just spray it off.
     
  10. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Wow I didnt realize the mess was so bad for everyone else. These guys are pigs, but not any more work really- just more food and water.

    You guys should all try the little feed and water set up I have, they really cant make a mess in the bedding with it- just all over themselves.

    And use pelleted bedding, it lasts for days and days without changing.

    My biggest thing with them is the smell. I think it must be their body odor, because the mallard doesnt stink at all!
     

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