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How To Care For Baby Ducks?

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Baby ducks must be kept in a warm environment. At first they should be kept at 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but that's right after they hatch. They should have access to heat (perhaps a relatively low watt heat lamp) and a place to get away from it.

They need a lot of attention if imprinted, and will peep and cry all night and day if they aren't close to you. If you raise one alone, it will think you're its mother and imprint on the human species - therefore the duck will always believe that it's a human and make an amazing pet. Ducklings hatched or kept together are already imprinted on their own species and always will be. Ducklings will not be the best pets they can be unless they are hatched, alone, by the owner.

Ducklings must be fed a gamebird or chick starter (preferably gamebird) with 16 - 20 per cent protein. The protein percentage can be no lower or higher without consequences. After about 2 weeks, you should start mixing in scratch with the starter, making the protein percentage less. It's extremely important not to feed them a medicated feed because it can kill ducklings very quickly. They always overdose on the medicine.

Ducklings also need fresh water to drink- always fresh, and a clean place to walk around on. They need flooring that's got good grip on it, or they'll slip and get splayed legs. That is, legs that stick out to the side and can get so bad that they need an operation. It's not advisable to let them swim in anything deeper than a few inches if they're not hatched under a mother. Their mothers give them oils from their feathers that are needed for them to be waterproof. Without them, they can drown and die easily, and will chill easily, too. After letting a duckling bathe, for not more than a few moments, they must be held close to you and dried off very well.

Ducklings can make great pets, but are companion animals when raised by humans. They can't be dumped at ponds, because domestic ducks cannot survive in the wild, like wild ducks can. Most of them can't fly (muscovies, calls and mallards are the exceptions). Ducks can live 10 - 20 years, and must be cared for until they die. Prepare to be responsible when you buy/hatch a duckling. They are fully grown at only 30 days.

Look up www.thegoosesmother.com

That is a great site and offers a lot of information on keeping indoor ducks, as well as diapers and useful items for indoor ducks. You can buy these straight from there, or at www.flightquarters.com
Good luck.
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Evelyn Vaz answered
Ducks basically require the maximum love and affection alongwith the necessary basic care. Some of the basic and main requirements for ducks are; one, shelter from extremes in weather situation and predators. They also need a clean, dry protected area. even though ducks can squander the majority of their time out-of-doors, on ponds or in any kind of wet areas, they somehow need a clean dry cozy area where they can recoil, rest, fresh and clean their feathers. This also allows them protect their skin from wound and keep their body temperate. Next requirement would be clean water for drinking, i.e., water that is micro organisms free as well as toxins that are damaging to ducks and also, a diet.
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If the duck is fairly new without a good down coat and feathers,you need to keep it in warm dry box with some pine shavings and if less than a couple weeks old a brooder lamp.Keep plenty of fresh water and good chick starter feed available at all times for it.Change the shavings often duckling's are very messy and get wet and chilled quickly.If it is feathered you can keep it on some dry hay or shavings in a small area along with the same feed.Yo can start giving the duck scratch grains a little at about a month old or sooner if it is growing well and able to swallow the bigger feed.
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My female ducks has just had some babys I have them in a large run with other adult ducks will tha other adult ducks harm my baby ducks ???
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What do I do for a hatched, baby duck, still in fetal position?
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Incubate it and give it water and seeds.
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Do you know why my baby duck has lost feathers and has red spots were feathers were lost
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Like any other pet. Feed bathe play you know, but they're are special foods and things for ducks
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Baby ducks without mom require a good dry brooder with a warm brooder lamp.Baby ducklings that have not been with their mother do not have the natural protective oils on their down and can become chilled and die if they are not kept as dry as possible.Offer a chick starter for food and keep water in a chick water er not a bowl so the duckling is not able to douse itself in the water and keep pine shavings or bedding dry.
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I have a duckling in my care. It was turned into a pet store, then passed on to a neighbor of mine, who handed over to me to care for and hopefully release on the river that I live on. It is pretty big now and doing great, but his legs cross giving him some difficulty walking. I am wondering what I should do to better suit his needs, and if I can have some hope of releasing him to have a free life with the other ducks on the river?
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Hi my name is something and I just found a baby duck when I was walking so I looked for its mom and other baby ducks but I couldn't find anything so I toke it home but now I don't know what to feed it soooooooooooo what do I do?
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I don't know when this was posted, but that happens when their little and the adult coat starts growing. So enstead of being fluffy, that all falls out, and they grow their water proof feathers.
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Hi my name is blah blah blah and I hope my duckling will live because we found it and it is all yellow we hide it in a half duckling gas station some one went in to it but they didnt do anything accept put a please keep door closed sign because the duckling was just running around. Yesterday was my first day it lived over night I made I box just in case some one does leave the door open it wouldnt get out but when I was checking on it this morning it was ok it wasnt dead but some one started to park at the gas station so I put the duckling in the box and left but I hope no one takes it! Or worse kills it! So at 3:45 I am going to check on it I gave it bread witch we wernt supposed to but we also gave it some grass so when I get home I will get some wors and chop them up and give the duckling more water but I don't have those bottles that you put in hamster cages so I need to get one!

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