When can they go swimming

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FLOWERPOT, Apr 22, 2008.


    FLOWERPOT Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I have 3 baby ducks that are only 5 days old,
    How old do they need to be before they can take a dip in the pond in the back yard?
    It is a pond I made last year about 1000 gallons, I just cleaned out and put fresh water in it a couple of days ago. No fish in it.
  2. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Everything I've read says not to let them swim until they start to get their permanent feathers because their down is not waterproof. Also, as babies in a deep pond they can get tired and just drown.
  3. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    I'd wait too, we usually wait till they start getting feathers. Sometimes we bring them in the house and in the bathtub to get a start, they love it! But you should wait a few weeks at least for the bathtub, a while for the pond.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I let mine start swimming in the bathtub at three days but the water was shallow enough for them to stand in. They need to get dried off and under the heat lamp after ony a few minutes but they LOVE it!!! It will be awhile before they are big enough for the pond.
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We were letting ours swim (under close supervision) in the kitchen sink by about 5 days old. they can tucker out quick so keep a close eye on them. Their down fuzz can also get water logged and they will chill quickly so keep swims short and make sure they have a place to warm up afterwards.

    Let them try, its fun to watch!

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