Temp for two week old ducklings?

Funsizeracing

In the Brooder
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Mar 10, 2011
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So I got my ducky babies, YEA! But I'm unsure how warm to keep them. Does anyone have a recomended temp for two week old babies? They don't seem uncomfortable at all at room temp. I just wanted to be safe and make sure they are well spoiled!
 

duckyfromoz

Quackaholic
10 Years
Jan 11, 2010
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First off...congrats on geting the babies. The temperature needed can vary a little- time of year- how many you have and what size brooder you are using. A very general idea would be 75 -80 degrees at that age- but they will also display behaviour to tell you if they are too hot or cold. Cold babies will huddle together and peep a lot- whereas if they are too hot- they wil be in the corners trying to get away from the heat lamp and most likely panting.
 

Funsizeracing

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 10, 2011
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So basically just like my chicks. Good to know. Guess I'm just being that "overprotective mother" with my newest babies
 

FenDruadin

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
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I agree with the above post. However, I'd provide them a warmer end of the brooder for times when they're a little wetter or cooler. They'll choose which end of the brooder they're most comfortable in. Ducklings really don't need a lot of heat at two weeks though, so you're probably fine. Enjoy, and post pics when you can. We're junkies for duckling pics.
 

The Duck ABC's

Songster
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Feb 5, 2011
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Mine are off heat when they are 2 weeks old, but they are living indoors with 65-70 degree temps. Just watch their behavior. They huddle, they need some heat. A 40 watt bulb is most likely more then enough.
 

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