Water in Brooder...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommto3kiddos, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    So at TSC they had a tub of water in with the ducklings (about 1" deep) in addition to the water fountain. So when we got home we put a small plastic bowl of about 1" water in with our along with their fountain. They love to stand in it, but they also love to dump it. Im having to change the litter 2 or 3 times a day b/c they soak the brooder.

    Well this morning I just went ahead and took it out after finding them soaked only 15 minutes after litter change.

    So my question, do 1-2 week old ducklings need a water "play" bowl.. When should you keep a play tub in the brooder.. Sorry if these are [​IMG] questions. Ive never had ducklings before so Im kind of lost.. [​IMG]

    Oh and a pic of my two lovies! They are like what mom we were just playing!

  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Songster

    Jan 12, 2011
    We give them play time in a bath tub once day for the reason you mentioned earlier.....way to messy otherwise.

    We occasionaly put in a plastic container with 2 small holes cut in the top so they can put their whole head in water. That reduces the watery mess a little.
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    As long as they have water deep enough to dunk their bills in while they are in the brooder, they don't have to have something in there that they can fully fit in. I just gave them the 1 gallon water jug thing and that's all they had in their kennel/brooder.

    They made enough of a mess with their water without a play water lol
  4. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    yep they need water to drink/enough to get their bills wet, but they don't need swim water. ~Julie
  5. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Songster

    Jan 25, 2011
    Agree with everyone else. But it is nice to see them paddling about in a bath tub or kiddies paddling pool. Dry them off before putting them back in the brooder.
  6. duck_shepherdess

    duck_shepherdess In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2010
    I only just gave them swimming water in their brooder at 2 weeks. I didn't really mean to give them swimming water, but they kept tipping over their smaller water containers that did have lids. This bigger container doesn't have a lid. *Sigh* I need to find myself some gallon jugs and cut holes in them. Soda bottles don't work, too easy to tip over. Also pretty easy to climb into if you cut the holes too big. (Guess how I discovered that!)

    ETA: pictures of "swimming" water:
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011

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