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Country Life: Baby Duckling

At my friend's farm, I had a chance to hold this baby duckling that fit in my cupped hand. His fur was bright yellow and he was alert to all around him. I have included below some tips on caring for ducklings: Duck 1

Feeding Baby Ducks

  • Never feed ducks without water. Water helps get food down and clean beak vents. Always give baby ducks access to water for at least an hour before feeding.
  • Ducklings have no teeth but appreciate finely chopped fruits, vegetables or greens. Small insects and worms make good treats, as well.

Shelter

  • Not just an escape from predators and the elements, ducks need shelter to provide quiet and seclusion.
  • The shelter should be well ventilated and large enough that your ducks can fully expand their wings and groom.

Water

  • Ducklings need a ready source of clean water. Chick fountains are recommended.
  • Ducklings will play in water, making a mess. Be sure to clean it often.
  • Water should be no more than ¼" deep. Make sure ducks can easily escape the water. Baby ducks love to play in water but can easily drown if they tire.
  • Ducklings don't produce waterproofing oil until 4 weeks of age. In the wild, mothers apply it. Swimming your ducks too early can result in death from chill or even drowning from fatigue.

Duck 2

 

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