Pekin questions. New to ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickentvforme, May 5, 2016.

  1. chickentvforme

    chickentvforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got some baby ducklings at the TSC. I don't know a thing about raising ducks. We live on 16 acres with a 3 acre lake. It already has a couple of geese and some other type of ducks (the neighbors ducks and geese).
    I want my 5 Pekin to live there one day but for now they are only abouta week old. I have them in a Rubbermaid brooder with a heat lamp. Here are my questions:
    1. How long do they need the heat lamp?

    2. How do I transition them to the lake area? Age?

    3. How much food will I need to provide them when they live outside fulltime?
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They stop needing heat lamps at about 5 weeks if it's cold out.If it stays pretty warm out at night they will stop needing at about a month old.

    I wouldn't take them up there with all the other fowl.Ducks can be aggressive with other ducks. Especially male ducks.They will drown,bite,scratch,slap ducklings with their wings,and will even run them off.They also do this to other ducks too.

    You take them in a bucket or if their little fatties,just have them follow you with treats.I woud wait till about 2 or 3 months to let them swim in a big lake.

    Keep them with fulltime feed.
     
  3. chickentvforme

    chickentvforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for the reply. They are somewhere around a week and half old now. They are already out growing my brood box (giant Rubbermaid bucket). I think the next step will be a big dog run with a tarp over it outside as soon as they can go without heat. It is 80 today so I may let them play outside supervised to help with the brood space issue or bathing in my bathroom.
     

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