Safe or not?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AshleyNicole06, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. AshleyNicole06

    AshleyNicole06 Songster

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    Getting ducklings SOON!! :) Is it safe just to use a plastic tote with a heat lamp? Our last box thing we built got ruined.. So just looking for an easier way..
     
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  3. AshleyNicole06

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    They grow amazingly fast!

    It won't take long before they can be outside.
    How many babies are you getting?
     
  5. AshleyNicole06

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    3 or 4! So I wouldn't think I'd need the biggest tote. Lol :)
     
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    I was shocked by how fast ducklings grow. My neighbor got baby chicks and ducklings 10 days ago. And the ducklings are 5 times the size of the chicks already.

    On the safety issue. I used a heat lamp with a few chicks in a plastic tote. I had no problems. The chicks created much more dust than I expected, but I dusted the heat lamp often. I have since seen so many stories about heat lamp fires. If you already have the set up I would monitor it closely. There are some nice alternatives although I have not tried them. People say good things.
     
  7. AshleyNicole06

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    Thanks! Im just looking for an easier way than building one... So I'm open to other options too!
     
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    Good luck! It sounds like so much fun. Ducklings are so cute.
     
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    Duckies are messy. :p

    A good way to help keep the bedding dry is to put the water on a baking sheet to catch spills.

    Ducks need water deep enough to dip their entire bill into.
     
  10. 3bird

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    We used a big tote, but even the biggest didn't last long for our seven silver Appleyards. We eventually upgraded them to a kiddie pool with chicken wire fence around it. :)

    We used a painters tray covered with hardware cloth under their water, and that worked great to catch the spills.
     
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