How to care for and beed baby ducks (part 1)

August 25, 2008 | By Anonymous

Whether you have just spent 28 days hatching duck eggs in an incubator, bought ducklings from a store or received them as a gift, knowing how to care for them properly is important. Baby ducks only require a few basic elements to remain healthy and grow into beautiful, mature ducks. These elements are a brooding area, proper bedding, a heat source, the correct feed and water.

1. The first element is the brooding area.
* The brooding area is the area where the baby ducks will live. Choose a viable area before any ducklings arrive.
* The brooding area can be located in a small building or in the corner of the garage or barn.
* If you only have a few baby ducks, even a cardboard box will work.
* The brooding area should enclosed for protection against animals such as rodents, raccoons, foxes, coyotes and even dogs or cats. Remember that these animals prey on defenseless creatures like ducklings and do so in exceedingly clever ways.
* Keep the brooding area clean, draft-free, dry and well-ventilated with lots of light.

2. The second element is bedding.
* The floor of the brooding area should be covered with an absorbent bedding such as straw or hay. Wood shavings or chips can cause serious health complications when birds try to eat them.
* Any wet spots should be removed daily and fresh bedding added.
* Never use any moldy bedding -- it can be detrimental to your ducklings.

By Deborah Anderson
SOUCE: www.howtodothings.com/pets-and-animals/a3229-how-to-care-for-and-feed-baby-ducks.html
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