How To Take Care Of
Caring for ducks is not a difficult task. When you have a
passion for that, you will do a good job. As you watch them grow, they will turn into adult ducks eventually. You
must make sure that they are raised and taken care of properly.
Brooding your ducklings correctly after they hatch is key in
getting them to develop and grow properly. A brooder can be anything from a large battery brooder to a bathtub or
container that has the necessary fixtures and amenities. Baby ducks will live in a brooding area. You can choose a
small facility or house them in the corner of a barn. It’s important that they are protected so the brooding area
must be enclosed. They must be protected against animals that could harm or even kill them. Give the baby birds
enough space and ventilation so they’re not stepping on each other and they can breathe. Inadequate heat or drafting winds will cause the ducklings to
catch a chill or over crowd each other around the heat source, causing significant stress. This is a very important
time in their biological life, and keeping their stress levels low is critical to healthy development.
Animals that would fit the mold include foxes, raccoons, dogs
and cats. Since the ducks are so small, they are defenceless and need to be kept away from the larger animals. In
order to keep out germs, the brooding area must always stay clean, dry, lighted and always ventilated.
The ducks must have proper bedding in their living quarters. You
can use straw or hay for the bedding. Don’t use chips or wood shavings because the small ducks could become ill.
Change their bedding daily, especially if it’s wet or moldy.
To provide them with adequate heat, use a heat lamp with an
infrared bulb. Generally, regular light bulbs do not provide enough heat from them. Depending on how many ducklings
you are caring for will determine the wattage that you will need.
For the initial 10 days that the ducks are house, keep the
temperature at 98 Fahrenheit. The temperature will decrease 5 Fahrenheit every week as you raise the lamp. Keep
doing this until you get the temperature at 70 Fahrenheit. It can take up to a month and a half to get to this
Do not provide direct light contact with the ducklings. Place
the heat away from them. You will know if they are comfortable with the temperature if they are active and they eat
and drink. They will be uncomfortable if they go away from the heat. You will know that they are too cold if they
make a lot of noise and gather together in a group.
Ducklings need to have a duck starter while you are feeding
them. This is a device that helps you feed the duck. Some of the best foods for them are finely chopped fruits and
vegetables. They have to consume food that can go down easily because they don’t have teeth.
They can also eat worms and other small insects. What they
cannot eat includes onions, dry bread, grains and birdseed. The bread is especially dangerous because it can mold
(catch fungus) and the ducklings can die.