Duckling waterer

johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)May 7, 2009

(Thought I posted earlier, so if it turns up twice, sorry!)

I am looking for ideas / photos of ways to keep the ducklings from absolutely soaking their bedding. I thought maybe some kind of platform with wire so the waterer would be on top, ducks and chicks could stand on it, but the splashes would be contained underneath.

I don't want to reinvent the wheel -- anyone have a good working solution?

Thanks.

Johanna

Here is a link that might be useful: Busy Solitude Farm (where my ducklings live!)

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brendasue(6)

We did something similar with our last batch of ducklings, but we used an open pan for the water. Worked OK, still had some mess but not as bad. Those ducks need to clean their bills out. I would suggest also something secured over the water itself(is it open or a store-bought waterer?), also, as the chicks can drown in an open-waterer if they're young. Whatever you put over the top remember the chicks will be jumping on it & dirtying the water.

You're on the right track with the wire.
Brendasue

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 5:42AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Brendasue--

Thanks, I'll be at the hardware store later today picking up supplies!

--Johanna

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 7:06AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Well, I've taken an intermediate step. I put a large cookie sheet with sides on it under the waterer. Helps to keep the rest of the area drier by containing the water, but holy cow, they sure spill the water. So for the time being they have to walk through the spilled waterer to get to the container. I'm working on a way to put screening over the cookie sheet so the chicks don't have to get wet to take a drink. More to come!

--Johanna

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 9:48AM
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goldenpond((Vero.Beach FL 9b))

I am keeping two containers for my ducklings. I add straw for bedding and when that is soaked(end of EACH DAY) I empty it into the garden cart hose it out and set to dry use the other container add clean straw for bedding til next day do the same. The dirty straw goes into the compost heap,the compost in the garden.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2009 at 3:13PM
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eyecndiggit

If you have chicks and ducks in the same brooder/grower it's a REALLY bad idea. The filth produced by the ducks will make the chicks sick.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 4:03AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Eyecndiggit--

What filth is that exactly? I understand that feeding medicated chick starter is dangerous for ducks, and I can see that being constantly wet would be bad for the chicks. Is that what you mean?

--Johanna

Here is a link that might be useful: My place: Busy Solitude Farm

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 7:20AM
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