When to start ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wfpendragon, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all I'm looking to get three Pekins in the next month or so. Living in Wisconsin I was wondering when would be a good time to order them? This would be my first time with ducks. At what age can they go outside up here?
     
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  2. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks are usually fully feathered at around 8 weeks (Varies slightly depending on breed/individuals). So, they're spending 2 months inside the house or the garage, protected from the cold (Some people let ducks live outside earlier than that, but if it's cold, I would advise you keep them inside for two months or so). Once they're fully feathered, and if the weather's relatively good, I would let them outside in their pen. But if the weather gets too cold, I would put them back inside until the weather clears.
    Hope I helped!
     
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  3. Wfpendragon

    Wfpendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks that does help! :) In that case I'll plan on ordering mid March. They should be 8 weeks by early may which during that time it's getting warmer here. Also is a snap set kiddie pool a good brooder for them? At least till they get big
     
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    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And yes, I'd think that would be a good brooder. Ducks (Especially Pekins - WOW) grow fast, so the bigger the better! But a lot of people use (Hopefully dry lol) kiddie pools as brooders
     

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