Duckling FAQ

What is your minimum order?

We have a minimum order of 3 ducklings. They do not have to be of the same breed. Our prices are tiered by total quantity not by breed quantity.  

I only want females/males. Can you sex my young ducklings?

We only sell ducklings unsexed at this time. Vent sexing is very difficult, innacurate and may cause damage to the duckling. The good thing, is that as adults males get along and do not fight like chickens do. If you are establishing a layer flock we suggest  you buy twice what you need for layers, grow them out and "move on" some of the males.

 

Review our breed descriptions for information on dressout weights of different breeds.

 

 

Do ducklings need heat?

Yes! Like other poultry  ducklings require a heat for the first few weeks of life. Their brooder area should be free from drafts and heated to 99 degrees in the warm area on their first day. It is important that there is a slightly cooler area where the feed and water is placed so the ducklings can move away from the heat if they are too hot.

 We suggest a plastic tote fitted with a 60 watt light bulb for small groups of ducklings. (please note this is at your own risk) This will easily hold 6-8 ducklings until they are 4 weeks old. You will need to drill many large air holes on the lid of the tote, at the opposite end of the light. If the tote is collecting moisture on the sides and lid, you need more air.

Commercially made heat mats for brooding small groups of poultry placed inside a tote are an excellent safe way to brood small groups as well, and a great alternative to a light bulb

For large groups we suggest brooding in a draft free secure shed or barn, with 175 watt heat lamps.

What do I feed ducklings?

 Any good quality unmedicated chick, duck or game bird starter with a minimum of 21% protein. Medicated feed can be toxic to waterfowl, it is very important to use unmedicated feed.

A simple dish or feed trough is best for ducks as a hopper can easily jam as they make the feed wet while they eat.  Clean the dish daily. We like to feed our ducklings twice a day. Ducks can be switched to an unmedicated 18% protein grower feed at 4 weeks, and then to a 17% layer feed at 16 weeks.

I have no feed can you sell me some when I pick up my ducklings? 

We do not sell large bags of feed however we can sell you a small sandwich sized ziploc of unmedicated poultry starter for $2/bag to get you through a few days. Please ask about this.

What do I bed my ducks with?

We suggest soft, dry pine shavings. It is critical and important to keep the ducks feet dry in the early days! This means you need to place fresh dry bedding on top and or change out all the bedding at least twice a day in the first week. We add fresh bedding each time we water the ducks. If bedding is not dry, it is very easy for young ducklings to become chilled and quickly perish.

How often do I water my ducklings?

Water is important for water fowl! In an ideal world, ducklings would have unlimited access to water. However, in a brooder situation this is impossible and unsafe to provide, due to risk of chilling as the ducks play constantly in the water. For ducks up to 2 weeks of age, we offer water 3 to 4 times daily in the brooder for half hour at a time, then remove and place fresh bedding.

 

Ducklings watered infrequently may develop and DIE of water staggers, which is a type of hypothermic shock. We highlight this as it is SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Water staggers occurs when ducks indulge in water after going without for too long, and this is deadly. If you are going to be away from ducklings less than two weeks old for more than 12 hours have a friend water them for you, it may save their lives.

My ducklings are soaking their bedding. Can I minimize that?

Try placing their waterer inside a larger dish to catch the drips.​

I want to see my ducklings swim! How do I set this up?

We strongly advise against swimming young hatchlings. We recommend to wait until the ducklings are fully feathered and living outside before offering them your pond or a kiddie pool. Young ducklings can swim, however in the absence of a mother to call them out of the water and  help them dry off they are frequently subject to chilling, hypothermia and even death. Be patient. They will reward you with lots of swimming antics when they are big!

Dry Bedding, Fresh Feed and 4x daily Watering are the keys to success with young ducklings!!!

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