What do I need to do? My duck hatched ducklings!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Picklepuss, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Picklepuss

    Picklepuss Chirping

    Jan 22, 2010
    We honestly didn't think our duck was going to hatch anything. We have a Runner and then a pair of Swededs. Well, the female Swede layed a huge nest of eggs but never sat on them - perfect for us. The Runner, Emily, on the other hand protected her nest like a dragon [​IMG]

    I have been checking on the eggs end yesterday saw that they were all hatching. I brought 2 inside because I said my girls could keep 2 and they were excited to watch them hatch. However, Emily has 6 with her that are hatched. What do I do? She doesn't allow the other ducks in the duck house which is fine but the house is a bit off of the ground. Do I put duckling food out? What do I do for water? And, what the heck do I put around the bottom of the fencing so they won't get out?

    Or, should I move Mom and babies into the garage in a kiddie pool with fence around it (which is how Mom was raised).

    Lastly - whomever told me last year that Runners rarely go broody is on my poop list!
  2. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    lol! I think i would move mom and babies into their own enclosure to ensure safety for everyone
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    First, you go out and take pics and then post them and then you figure the rest of it out LOL
  4. Quote:X2..Yep, this post is USELESS WITHOUT PHOTOS for us to all drool over [​IMG]
    And congrats on your broody Runner. [​IMG]
  5. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Songster

    Jun 27, 2007
    I would get Mamma and babies and put them in the garage, that way they're safe, the other ducks won't be able to eat the babies feed and you'll be able to take lots of photos to share with all of us LOL

  6. gretchenhau

    gretchenhau Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Lebanon Ohio
    Garage. Take it from one who lost 2 hatchlings last year, safe tll they get bigger.

    Now for the pics. I want pics?

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