Plz help duckaholics!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by percyj, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone out there who is willing to tell me any relavant notes on raising ducklings ??!!?!? Anything is gr8ly appreciated!!! We went to a farm and I saw some dead duckie babies and now I'm to scared to consider germtting some w/out guidance(u guys-lol!) [​IMG]:fl
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Can you find a copy of Storey's Guide to raising ducks?

    You can also search this forum for loads of information on ducklings and ducks.
     
  3. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the book but it seemed more geared 2ward raising them 4 production and having larger amounts and breeding. I want 2 kno about stuff like wat supplies do they need, and smaller amounts cuz I only want 3? Also I live in the suburbs so no fancy ponds 4 me, a kiddi pool is just about it! [​IMG]
     
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Ducks are actually very simple to keep- but you can make things as complicated as you like. I have never owned a book on raising ducks - and know that they can all differ greatly- so which book do you believe?? I prefer to speak to other breeders either in person or online about issues, and have learned fropm their experience as well as my own over the last 25 years.


    Basically- ducklings need food, water and heat in a clean environment. Once grown they need a predator proof living area- food and water. You can "puff things out a little " from those basic requirements.

    Food - Ducklings needs are different from an adults- the type of food you give yours will most likely be determined by what brand you can buy locally. Some people do add suppliments to the diet- but in most cases if you buy a complete feed- you shouldnt need to suppliment.

    Water - Ducks need water deep enough to get their head into to clean their nostrils and eyes- they can be messy. Ducks also like to swim- but dont need a pond. Even a container 1 x 2 foot by 1 foot deep in enough for them to have a wash in.

    Warmth - ducklings require some heat when hatched- but depending on what age you get they may only need it for a short time or only at night. The tyype of brooder set up you will need will also depend on how old/ how many and what materials are available to you.

    Housing - some ducks can fly and need to be kept in a pen with a roof- others may only need an area with low fences to be confined- The pen area will depend a bit on the breed of duck and how many you have.

    The most important thing to know before getting a duckling is they are absolutley gorgeous- and you will soon want more after experiencing raising them for the first time [​IMG]
     
  5. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!!!! that was /just/ what I needed!
     
  6. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We need to sticky a basic duckling care sheet on this forum. [​IMG]

    The only advice I can add is BE WARNED.. they are addicting. I started with 3 and a year later have 21. The mess is worth it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mystical is SO right. I started with two, now I have ten--and I'm now looking for some muscovies. Since you live in the burbs...stick with something quiet!
     
  8. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup!!! I'm pretty sure I'm getting a magpie and Cayuga. I hope dad will tolerate one more. I was hoping to add a blue swede in a year after I get the first two! Lol my moms reading this w/ me and she just told me don't count your ducklings b4 they hatch, and I reply, ya... But hey, candling helps doesn't it?
     
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  9. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We bout one duckling, the only one left at the store, 5 years ago. We went back a week later and bout 4 more. In the past five years we have raised WAY over 100. Right now I have 12 adults, 5 ducklings born yesterday, 4 teen muscovies, and two other nests being sat on. No matter how small you want to limit yourself, you WILL get more! LOL. Its just so addicting.
     
  10. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't. Live in the suburbs, zoning laws. [​IMG]
     

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