Stinky Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggybritches, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    How long before they can go outside on their own?

    I mean, not on their own, on their own, but in a predator proof pen.

    Someone forgot to tell me how much stink emanates from a couple of ducks that fit in the palm of my hand.

    They are currently five days old. I'm in Florida where the lows are 50 and they highs are in the 70s-80s. At least this week.
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    They need to have all their feathers before they go outside alone, unless you have a heat lamp set up for them.

    The stinkiness is probably due to how wet their brooder gets. If you're using a regular waterer, toss it! Get a plastic milk jug with a screw-on top. Lay it on it's side and cut two holes (large enough for the ducks to get their heads into) about 1/2 way up one side. Add water to just below the holes. Now they can play in the water all they want, but it stays inside the milk carton, not on the bedding or in the feed.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I moved mine out at 6 weeks, they were not fully feathered but it was the middle of summer and warm enough in the coop.

    I cleaned the brooder 2-3 times a day at some points. I gave up with shavings in the entire brooder, instead I took a smaller box and cut a little "door" in it, and filled that with shavings, the floor of the brooder I covered with cheap mats from Walmart ($2 each) and I took those out and hosed them off, let them dry and kinda rotated them.

    messy little boogers!
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I cleaned the brooder a few times a day as well. I didn't really notice much stink until they were a few weeks old.
  5. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    You had me laughing. I thought the same thing. They definetely stink. And the older they get the more they stink. But I love them.
  6. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:And I thought my carpeted brooders were my little secrets. after two days of trying to keep up with clean litter and knowing that newspaper was too slick and could cause leg problems. I went to one of the big box stores and bought the cheapest outdoor carpet I could find. Had it cut to rough fit the brooder and ended up with 3 pieces. Rotation one on the brooder floor and partly up the wall. daily remove the feed and waterer and slowly pull the rug out from under the birds (later I got smarter and attached the new piece to the old one so the birds walked off the old one and on to the new. Dirty one went outside on a fence facing the sun, Hose it off let it drip dry and the sun dry and santize it. The third bit I kept in the garage as a spare since the sun doesn't shine everyday even here in sunny NC.! Once the ducks were out of the brooder, the carpet was used as a walk off mat out side the back door since I would often step in poop or mud while doing chores. Ducks!
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] and I read about it here on BYC over a year ago - and a few months later got my ducklings and decided carpet squares were the way to go... much easier and cheaper than anything else I've thought of.

    I can't remember who I got the idea from!
  8. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    I just used a milk container with water and cut a hole in it. I used wood shavings from the feed store and only had to change part of them every day
  9. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Mine are outside today in the greenhouse with a light for heat. Just couldn't stand the smell anymore.
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Stinky Duckies [​IMG]

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