Yucky Duckies....a question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Calebs Acre, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three of the last of my runners to hatch this past week were victims of a humidity plunge and they dried with stiff fuzz and one has tiny bits of egg shells stuck to him. I have just let them be all week, but it sure looks like it must be uncomfortable to have your ducky down feel like you used a can of hair spray on it!!! Especially the poor little duck with the egg shell accessories.

    When is it safe to get them fluffy and what is the best/safest way to do it? Do they just need a bath in warm water, towel dried and back under the brooder light? Will plain water get the yuck off their "hair"? They are being good sports. I separated them from the rest of the ducks because the big guys were trying to eat the shell and snack on their "hair", and they leave each other alone. Truthfully, I was concerned that two of them wouldn't make it, but they have gotten stronger and more active as time has passed and they are eating and drinking like champions.

    I hate the thought of getting them cold and wet at such a tender age!!!

    Nancy
     
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  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    You can give them a bath after they are a day or two old if the water is warm, you are supervising and you dry them afterward and put them back in the brooder.

    If they are a week old already, put the poor kids in the tub already! LOL
     
  3. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WZ:

    Will water take off the yucky on the ducky?

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  4. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    I usually use and old toothbrush on them after they have their bath to get some of the egg crud off.
     
  5. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a great idea!!! Thanks so much!
     

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