Rouen, Khaki Campbell and Indian Runner Ducks Not rated yet I have Khaki Campbell, Rouen and Indian Runner ducks. Sexing Pekin Ducklings by Bill Color Not rated yetI've been told that the color of a Pekin duck's bill can indicate its sex.
Ducklings that have just hatched from their shells need a warm, safe environment to grow up strong and healthy. The heat and wattage of the lamp should be altered based on your ducklings' behavior as they get older.
If the ducklings tend to huddle close together under the lamp, they may be too cold and you should move the lamp closer or get a higher wattage bulb. If the ducklings are scattered out and breathing heavily, they're most likely getting overheated, and you need to move the lamp further away or use a lower wattage bulb.
Change the water and clean the bowl every day to make sure the ducklings don't get sick from drinking dirty water.
If the ducklings seem hesitant to eat, try adding a little water to their food to make it easier for them to swallow.
After about ten days, ducklings are ready for grower's pellets, which are the same as the starter crumbs, only bigger. Ducks can have very thinly cut fruits and vegetables as a snack, but make sure their main meal is duck food.
If you're raising ducklings in a garage or barn outside, make sure no other animals can get near them. Ducklings raised inside your home need to be kept safe from dogs and cats, which may try to attack or even play too roughly with the ducklings. Once the ducklings move from the brooder to a larger pen, make sure there's no way for predators to get in. After ducks are in the pond or water source, you may feed floating fish food or dog food in very small amounts.
If your ducklings become sick, call the vet or consult an online source to find a solution right away.
When you are petting a duckling pet it very lightly because ducklings have very fragile bones. When you first get some ducklings make sure you give them enough space for them to settle into their new home.


When your duck becomes an adult, it's still a good idea to keep it away from larger predators even if it will get big. Always have clean water near food source, as ducks cannot swallow food properly without water.
This version of How to Take Care of Ducklings was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on January 5, 2015. Avoid giving ducks bread, for it will make them feel full at night when they really aren't.
Instead of having a lock on the duck house door, try pushing a heaving stone at the bottom of the door.
They need to be loved & I could never eat my duck after all I was there when he hatched so I'm imprinted on him. If you create a home free of hazards and provide them with plenty of food and water, your curious, playful baby ducks will be able to waddle and swim on their own before you know it. After ducklings have hatched from their shells and spent about 24 hours getting used to their new surroundings, they're ready to move to a brooder.[1] A plastic storage container, sturdy cardboard box, or large glass aquarium can all work for this purpose. Baby ducks need to be kept very warm in the first few weeks after they hatch, to give them the chance to get used to the chilly air outside their eggs. Periodically check the lamp’s placement, ensuring that the ducklings are getting an appropriate amount of warmth.
Ducklings don't eat for the first twenty-four hours after they hatch, since they're still absorbing nutrients from the yolk inside the egg they hatched from. Very weak ducklings may need a little extra yolk nutrition before they're ready for starter crumbs.
Ducks love to swim, and they'll start as soon as the first day after they hatch if you let them. The paint roller tray makes a great environment for starter swimming.[9] You can supervise them closely, and the slope in the tray creates a little ramp to help the ducklings get in and out safely. When ducklings are fully feathered with their waterproof, adult feathers, they can swim without your supervision. Make sure the ducklings are supervised at all times while they're still growing their adult feathers and learning to swim, particularly if letting young ducks swim in an outdoor pond. Wolves, foxes, and even large predatory birds could harm your ducklings if you aren't careful.


It's tempting to cuddle with the sweet, fuzzy ducklings, but if you get too close to the ducklings, they might imprint on you too strongly.
Once the ducks are too big for the brooder, move them to a large dog kennel or a shed with a latching door. You can feed them starter duck feed, peas, corn, green beans, lima beans, cooked carrots, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, crickets, worms, small feeder fish, grass, milk, and turkey feed. Ducks require a safe structure to stay in which will, at the same time, supply the ducks with their needs. Good care is required in this area if you would like your ducks to remain healthy and not act up. Keep in mind that ducks can eat a lot, so try to make a feeding schedule due to your own ducks' needs.
Learn how to make ducklings feel at home, feed them what they like to eat, and keep them safe from harm. Ducklings are still wobbly on their legs for the first few weeks after they hatch, and they can slip easily and hurt themselves on surfaces like plastic or newspaper. After that, they graduate to starter crumbs, tiny pellets of duck food available at feed supply stores.[5] Buy a plastic feeder, fill it up, and place it in the brooder.
Older adult ducks that may share the same pond or water source may try to drown or kill the younger ducks. You can free range your ducks when they are adults, but remember you may lose ducks occasionally to predators. To make sure your ducklings grow up into an independent, healthy adults, enjoy watching them play with each other, but don't join in the fun too much. Also, be sure that other animals won't be able to get into their home and eat the ducks' eggs or the ducks. However, make sure that the lock is easy to open and close for when you enter and exit their house. Each morning before you let the ducks out into their pen, sprinkle grains, peas, barley and insects on the ground.



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