when to give a duck a bath

poultry guy

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
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Hi I just got 6 Mallard ducklicgs and I want to know what age to give them a bath and teach them how to swim.
Thanks
 

Eroc1_1

Songster
9 Years
Jan 12, 2011
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They will know how to swim...for sure. We let ours take a dip in some water when they were about 3 days old. We only kept them in there for about 5 minutes and then took them out to dry them off and put them back under the brooder lamp. Our ducks are now about 10 days old.
 

TLWR

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 10, 2010
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southern AL
They can get in the water a few days after hatching. Just make sure the water is warm (about the temp of their brooder), don't let them stay in long and towel dry them when you are done and put them back in the brooder under the lamp so they dry fully.
As they get older, they can do longer swims, but still make sure they are drying completely.
Supervised swim times until they are old enough to be able to get out entirely on their own.
 

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