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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DenverDucky, Feb 6, 2013.
Do they have s heat lamp? Try meal worms ,
My ducks only go in their house to lay. They prefer being outside, even when there was snow on the ground.
One idea that works for me is to plant just outside the pen, and let the plant grow into the pen. That way they can nibble leaves but not kill the plant. Kiwi vine is said to be safe for them and we have had no problem with it. Grape vine is good. Comfrey is nice. I also plant shallow pots with lettuce and just hand the pot over to them in the pen from time to time. Laissez les bon temps roulez!!!!
Well, I hope that the night temperatures are around 75˚F or they have a heater. And at that age, they need to have food with water 24/7. Ramps are tough for ducks, often. Some take to it better than others. What is the slope on the ramp? I have read that 30˚ is the maximum slope for a duck ramp.
Please get them and their food and water all together.
Some ducklings eat shavings. Worst case, it lodges in their digestive tract and they die. Don't mean to be scary, but that happens. And many ducklings do fine on shavings. Mine were shaving eaters.
Quote:thank you! that helps get me going in the right direction for plants!
I wish I could tell what sex my 2 are...they are 8 weeks old, and look exactly the same!! One of them "whistles" all the time--I love it, but is that the norm? :O)
Quite probably the whistler is a boy. Does the other one quack?
It's sounding like a female to me but the drake feather should prevent itself by 16 weeks and confirm either way. Good luck.
I might start leaving our drakes out at night. Our ratio boys to girls is off and until I re-home two of them I've got to do something. Thank you.
PRECIOUS!! What a good dog
Absolutely and welcome Congrats on your new Pekins
I'm having this problem also. Meal worms help tremendously but that's the only time they will come near me OMG, I can't get over the fact that an animal doesn't love me, lol.
We are having the ramp issue also. I have food and water both in and out. Ducks need water at all times and food 24/7 for the first 8 weeks. I'm using meal worms on our ramp and have been able to get some of our ducks to follow the meal worms up the ramp. Do keep putting them in at night. It will take time. I'd say in about 2 weeks or so they will have it figured out.
Thanks for the replies! I just moved their food outside for now and will put it back in with them at night and will try the ramp thing again once they are bigger. I'm not sure the degree of the ramp but the highest part is about 6in off ground. Plus I have it lined with the rubbery shelf liner for extra traction