Swimming water/waterer?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CowgirlPenny, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When should water for swimming be introduced? Do they need that at any point while they are in a brooder or can that wait until they are outside?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    As long as it's warm and you get them dry and back under heat lamp they can play in water right off. It's a blast watching ducklings play in water, start out with it just to their bellies then in a few days add more till they can swim but never leave them unattended. ducklings can water log and drown before getting their oil gland working. How old are your ducklings?
     
  3. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got them yesterday. So, they are 2 or 3 days old. They are already trying to swim in their waterer. It's a MESS. lol I wasn't sure if I should offer them a small dish that they can at least stand in or just let them continue to splash all their water out of their waterer by walking around in circles with one foot in the basin. I looked at a lot of duck brooder pictures and did not see any type of dish for young ducklings.

    Here is a video of them having fun in their water.
     
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  4. duckins

    duckins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please be their to watch and dry when your not around put marbles or rocks in waterer I just lost a 4 day old who almost drowned in her waterer and its heartbreaking. Think she had other issues as well but i no the waterer can dangerous till their older. Your babies are darling.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    So true I would put marbles or rocks in their waterer, they look so healthy but ducklings have been known to drown in a waterer just that size.
    found this in the archives thought it was interesting. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duck-raisinghousing
     
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  6. FarmGirl-NC

    FarmGirl-NC Out Of The Brooder

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    I have given baby ducks a small pan of water in their brooder for playing in. This is in addition to a regular waterer. They love it.

    If they stay warm, there will be no problems.
     

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