Raising Ducklings -
Do You Know What It Takes To Raise Baby Ducks?
ducklings are reasonably simple to do, if you stick to a few easy steps. The
largely crucial thing that many people do not know is that ducks should by no
means have medicated feed. The best thing to feed ducklings and goslings is a
21% "non medicated" starter feed. It is moreover a sound proposal to deposit a
vitamin and electrolyte powder in the water to provide them a pleasant start.
Ducks drink a good deal more water than chickens. Raising ducklings can be an
enjoyable experience and is not very hard if these few elements are supplied.
Ducklings do not take heat well, so be sure not to overheat them. They like a
temperature of 90-92 degrees for the initial 3 days, then 85-90 degrees for days
4 to 7. Thereafter, decline the temperature by approximately 5 degrees for every
week until they are fully feathered. They should continuously be able to move
away from the high temperature. Out of breath and drooping wings are a sign that
they are too hot. As soon as they leave the brooder, it is a useful idea to
furnish them a heat lamp at night in favor of the initial week or so, except the
weather is very hot. Every time make sure they have some shelter and a place to
walk out of the sun. Raising ducklings is a fairly inexpensive operation, but as
they get older the price increases.
When raising ducklings, be reminded that they like their feed wet, and adding a
little water to the feed helps to keep them from choking. They will also
appreciate fresh greens daily, and bugs and meal worms are a special treat.
Sprinkle thinly chopped greens in their water to keep them fresh and clean, as
they will not munch filthy or wilted feed.
Be sure to always have clean, fresh water available. It should be deep enough to
get their heads submerged, to clean out their nostrils and prevent them from
getting a condition called "sticky eye", but they should not be able to get
their bodies into the water. Duck feathers are waterproof for the reason that
they oil them, and young Ducklings cannot yield oil until they are several weeks
old. When their mother raises them, she will oil their feathers for them, so
they can go into the water at an earlier age than as they are artificially
Ducklings can have a chick waterer for the first week or two, and then they
should contain something deeper. It is important to keep ducklings warm in the
first week, especially during the first two days. All ducklings can be raised
together after two weeks. Use a plastic bowl with 2" chicken wire over the top,
so they can get their heads in but can't get into the bowl. The water will need
to be changed often, as ducks are dabblers and will get feed into their water
constantly. Once they are fully feathered, they will be pleased about some
swimming water. Continually make sure they can get out of the water, or they
will drown. A ramp into and out of the swimming pool is a good idea, until they
are big enough to get out on their own.
Ducklings make quite a untidiness while eating, and their droppings are prolific
and wet. They must be kept clean and dry, so change bedding often. Pine shavings
produce good bedding for ducklings. You can also raise them on wire mesh. It
takes a LOT of time to care for ducklings.
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