the cute natural duck face I remember my mom bought me some baby ducks as pet. Love you Mom!
One Easter I bought a baby duck from the pet store. After the clerk told me I needed to buy 2 because 1 would be lonely, I listened to that duck quack for 4 hours straight before I took it back to the pet store and hung my head in shame. Mom said NO to 2 ducks...QUACK!
Pekin Ducks swim at just days old, but their feathers are not fully developed enough to keep them warm and dry. Baby ducks are not producing the oils needed as a water barrier. Their mothers, in nature, keep a careful watch on her ducklings and don't allow them to swim in the water for too long periods of time. If a human is raising baby ducks, they must not allow the ducklings to swim unattended and for long periods as they could drown. The pet baby ducks will get fatigued quickly without guidance and before you know it, something tragic happens to them. So be very carful when introducing them to the water for the first time. It's best to start the ducklings in a shallow enough pool or in this case, a sink where they can touch the bottom. I started with the baby ducks in a shallower pool, but when they started diving, I gave them some more room to dive under the water since they were handling it well. After they burned off the bulk of their energy, I took them out so they could dry off under the heat lamp. You will notice them shivering if it's too cold so have a warm towel ready for them to stand on when they get out of the pool. They will shake that water off and start drying, but you don't want them to get a chill, so get them back under that heat lamp as soon as you can.
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A pet baby duck being sweet in various situations
With the Easter holiday approaching, baby ducklings often find their way into gift baskets, but with some forethought, knowledge, and planning these little darlings can become treasured members of the family. Here is some useful information for those who might be considering a duck as a pet. Ducks are wonderfully hardy, inexpensive, and easy to care for. They can live up to 20 years and make gentle and amusing pets. However, before choosing a duck as a pet, there are several important points to remember: Raising baby ducks requires some work, so make sure you are prepared to care for them just like if you got a new puppy. In the next video I will go into more detail on weekly heat temperatures and feeding requirements for your growing ducklings. It is also recommended to raise pet ducks in pairs since they need that bond to be as happy as possible. It could be considered cruel to raise just one duck by itself. If they are kept outside, they need to be sharp in their instincts in case there is a run in with a predator. Ducks are codependent and there is a feeling of safety in numbers. It's said that ducks who are raised alone tend to lack in the natural flight instinct and confidence. Hanging around and relying on humans too much is not a good thing. They need to be as independent as they can and having a buddy will keep them acting more like a duck than the human who is raising them as pets. It's also good to raise your ducklings near a safe pond so they can get in the water for safety if something comes after them. Make sure the pond is free of large snapping turtles that will eat a duck if the opportunity presents itself. Duck are much happier when they have access to water. Water is a natural safety zone for them and if they don't have a place to run away to, then they won't ever feel safe. If you do have your pet ducks in a pen, keep a clean pool for them to bath and play in. Make sure you have a separate source of clean water for them to drink. The duck pool gets nasty pretty quick and should be cleaned daily. Coyotes, foxes and dogs are not friends of the duck. Pet ducks are a free meal to them so don't give them the opportunity to get at them. Lock them up in a suitable duck pen at night to keep the ducks from becoming a meal for the creatures of the night.