Runner ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AHappychick, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I am hatching runner ducks (at least they have started pipping, anyway I have 5 chicks from 5 days to 1 day old and i was planning on putting them all together once out of the bator. I was told that they can eat the chick starter feed which I give my chicks (its not medicated and organic) Is there anything I should know about? I have been reading some threads and it has become clear that it is harder than chicks. now I am really nervous!!! Any advise would be appreciated.
     
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  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think ducklings are easier to raise than chicks. They don't need a heat lamp for as long as chicks do, and they are more naturally disease resistant.

    Feed ducklings the same thing you would chicks - nonmedicated starter and plenty of water. They can't digest their food without water, so make sure they never run out. They also need to be able to dip their entire bill in the water, so make sure their waterer will accommodate their bills. Most chicks waterers will work just fine.

    When they are still only a day or two old, you can give them sugar water to get them nice and perky. For treats they love plain yogurt mixed with finely chopped spinach and mashed cheerios.

    Ducklings are very very very messy with their water. Be prepared to clean the brooder a lot.

    Good luck!
     
  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    oh thank you 4 are pipping now I am sooo excited!
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Be sure to take pics when they hatch
     
  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Ok I will! I am still trying to figure out how to upload them but will figure it out lol!
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I have mine on non-medicated poultry crumbles. They are doing great! I also was putting a deep bowl of a spinach, lettuce, celery, tomato mix in water (food processor) into the tub for them to hang out and each and make a mess for an hour. Then I would rinse the tub and fill it up for them to go for a swim. Helps with messes and gets them extra nutrients.

    My thoughtful husband stopped at the fishing supply shop and got them some grubs as well. Loved them!
     
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    My duckies are 100 times easier than chicks hands down! You'll do fine.
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I have 5 ducklings so far and 2-3 more hatching!!!!!!
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  9. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    hooray!!!!!!!!!! Pics? [​IMG]
     
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    OMG OMG 8 Runner ducks and one more on the way!!!!! I cant believe how successful my hatch was!! It looks as though out of 12 eggs I will have at least 9 I am soooo excited i am going to take a pic of all of them as soon as they are dry and I can open the bator! My chicks are gonna freak when they see there new roomaTES. tHIS IS THE BEST cHRISTMAS PRESENT i COULD THINK OF!
     

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