Picking Up New Ducklings Tomorrow - Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by stux2c, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. stux2c

    stux2c Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Hi everyone...I am a chicken guy. I am picking up 4 call ducklings tomorrow. They are 2 days old. I am thinking of getting a plastic tote container, using hardware wire to raise off the bottom and put wood chips below the wire. feeder and waterer. If I wanted to not do the hardware wire as a floor...has anyone used SAND? Wht are your thougths of using sand in the brooder?

    Do I need to have a body of water for them to swim in early on, or can I introduce a body of water at 3-4 weeks, once they go outside>

    any other pointers would be helpful.
  2. Luciesbuddys

    Luciesbuddys Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    I don't know about the sand but as far as swimming mine started at 4 days in a small tote with warm water for 15 min while the brooder got cleaned while i supervised them. and make sure to dry them off well.
  3. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    [​IMG] I used puppy training pads for their brooder, and as adults I use Stall mats. I don't know if sand would be okay for babies, since they eat EVERYTHING. They can swim as soon as you get the, but only for a few minutes. They should only have full time use of swimming water once they get all their feathers.
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I just used pine shavings in the bottom of my tote but I cover it with paper towels the first couple of days until they know what is the food. Don't use newspaper, it's too slippery. [​IMG]
  5. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    I start my ducklings off on sand until they figure out what/where their food is. if they eat the sand it is fine, its just like grit.

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