Too Late To Order Ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by awyman, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. awyman

    awyman Songster

    83
    165
    106
    Apr 5, 2019
    West Virginia
    So I’m wanting to order about 9 female ducklings. I was thinking about ordering close to October to November. But I’m in WV, so I’m afraid it will be snowing by then and temperatures will be to low to ship live ducklings. Should I just wait till the spring?
     
  2. Flyinbolts

    Flyinbolts Chirping

    65
    142
    68
    Aug 20, 2019
    West Michigan
    Best bet might be to ask around the forum local? Maybe you can find someone who would hatch a few for you etc..?
     
  3. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

    1,446
    5,425
    526
    Dec 26, 2018
    MARYLAND
    @WVduckchick @WannaBeHillBilly might have some advice since they are also in WV!
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    47,096
    112,355
    1,672
    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Our weather is so unpredictable! But October and November aren't usually too bad. I'd be more worried in January and February. I had a momma duck hatch ducklings at the beginning of March, and they got snowed on!

    But I think your setup would be the big question. Can you provide heat for a few weeks if necessary?
    I'd say go for it! But I'm an enabler. :lol:
     
    KCNC06, happy duck, awyman and 5 others like this.
  5. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    3,247
    11,611
    882
    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    Usually the USPS takes good care of the birds in their custody, so even in the depth of winter your ducklings will be fine. - Rare (!) exceptions can occur, sadly.
    I had ordered ducklings from two different hatcheries, Metzer Farms in CA and Ideal in TX for the last week of January this year. I had the Spring Ducklings in a kiddie-pool in my home-office for about two weeks and it was the best and the worst experience of my life: The best, because my (now) ducks still know and trust me. The worst, because ducklings have a very fast metabolism and the enormous amounts of food that goes in at the front end leaves the little one at the opposite end as a terrible, stinky mess…
    My opinion: If you can provide them with enough brooder-space, a decent heat source, like a Momma Heat-Cave in a frost-free room until they are at least two months old, you can order ducklings year-round.
     
  6. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

    1,446
    5,425
    526
    Dec 26, 2018
    MARYLAND
    See I told you they would be helpful! Both I would listen to! Keep us posted and of course we will need pics if you get them.
     
    awyman and WannaBeHillBilly like this.
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Crowing

    2,731
    1,011
    271
    Jul 19, 2016
    Iowa
    Is there anyway you could have them shipped sooner or just get them next spring?.Yes,you can order babies in the Late fall/Winter but it will sure be a more pain in butt caring for them compared to as doing it in the spring/summer.

    I ordered ducklings in early spring once and let me tell you that will be the last time i make the mistake again.
     
  8. awyman

    awyman Songster

    83
    165
    106
    Apr 5, 2019
    West Virginia

    I keep all my Ducklings in my home until about 4-6 weeks. Then move them to a large barn until most of their feathers come in.
     
    KCNC06 likes this.
  9. awyman

    awyman Songster

    83
    165
    106
    Apr 5, 2019
    West Virginia
    143F6FA4-F14F-4CB1-B03E-379C66342079.jpeg
    Thank you all for the advice! Also I wanted to share a recent picture of my ducks. :love
     
    KCNC06 and MasterOfClucker like this.
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Wrangler

    They are beautiful ducks @awyman
     
    awyman likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: