Today is day 3 in the brooder for this duckling. Swimming lessons??

hypnofrogstevie

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Is it time for swimming? Should I get a small dish and work my way to a bin filled with a little water? We have a stand in shower. No tub. How warm should the water be? I am doing this in my bedroom because the brooder is in my room. So a 5 minute dip then back in his brooder?

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you
 

pips&peeps

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Technically all literature says not to put them in water until they are *I think* a month or two old as the have no oil on their down and no mommies to get some from.

I would make sure the little one is nice and dry after the swim.

You two have fun in the tub.
 

hypnofrogstevie

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pips&peeps :

You two have fun in the tub.


I will be singing the rubber ducky song by ernie (sesame street).

Would waiting be the best bet?​
 

pips&peeps

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I would just let the little one have a quick dip and dry them off really good.

I raised geese last year and waited until they had quite a few feathers until they got to swim.
 

hypnofrogstevie

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ok I will wait for a little bit. I cant believe I never thought about hatching ducks. Mine is a bit "special." Yesterday he walked to one side of the brooder then went full speed and head butted the other side.
 

priszilla

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I made a special waterer for my babies so they wouldn't make such a mess.I took a smallish gatorade bottke and cut oue a place for them to put their bills in -well I must have made it too big- because I looked over and one of them was inside!!!!I carefully cut around the whole thing with scissors so she could jump out.And they say silly goose
 

tx_dane_mom

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Mine have always started swimming pretty early...just make sure he gets plenty of warmth. Waiting is probably a good thing, but I know they love it from the second they are born. Have you noticed him/her playing w/its water yet?
 

hypnofrogstevie

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He blows his nostrils in ther but thats it. I tried and he hates it lol. He was kicking like a frog to get out. barely 2 inches of water I thought he would like it. I will try again next tuesday
 

priszilla

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supposed to be a crested khaki girl- time will tell.The feed store folks weren't sure -lol which were the "sexed" ones I ordered
 

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