Quick Duckling Question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by June Chick, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. June Chick

    June Chick Songster

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    I know that ducks have an oil they spread on their body to keep them waterproof, and that their moms usually use their oil to spread on their ducklings so the ducklings can swim at a younger age. My question is how old should ducklings be before they start swimming?
     
  2. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    They should be a few days old before they start swimming.
    Wild ducks stay in the nest for about 2-7 days.
     
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  3. blayt90

    blayt90 Crowing

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    I put mine on my bathtub at two weeks old. Tub was filled with warm water. As far as outside I suggest waiting till they have their juvenile feathers.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    This is warm water inside not out side in cold water.
     
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  5. June Chick

    June Chick Songster

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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  6. Duck Lover88

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    the main reason that they can't swim before they have there feathers in is because they will freeze.... so if you have warm water (or heat lamp for them when they are done) then they will be fine... once they have all they feathers in then they can go swim in cold water or whatever...
     

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