Ducklings 5 weeks old!

Yesterday, May 16th they turned 5 weeks old! Getting closer to fully feathered and moving out to the outside pens and having their pool filled! Last weekend it was really warm so I put up a barrier and opened the big garage door so that they could get some air, but I knew there was some chilly weather coming so they couldn’t have a pool yet. They can get easily chilled when they aren’t fully feathered.

Some photos below also of their new outdoor pens. Most of the predator proofing is done (lots of hardware cloth on the steel pens!) however I still have to cover sharp pieces with duct tape, build their pool deck, and put their tarp and bedding into the duck house/shed. It’s coming along though!

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Ducklings Week 3!

The girls are officially over 3 weeks old now and growing fast! They are starting to get feathers too 🙂 It even sounds like some are starting to quack a bit. They moved out to the much bigger garage brooder this weekend and have plenty of room to run around now. They are enjoying pooping in their pool even though there’s no water in it yet. Lol!

Waiting on putting water in the pool until they are a bit bigger and it’s warmer outside.

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Ducklings – 2 weeks old!

The girls are 2 weeks old today! They’ve been with me since Thursday April 14th. Tomorrow morning we will try dialing the temperature down to 75 degrees in the duck room. Hopefully by next week they’ll be able to dial down to 70 and move to their bigger brooder out in the garage.

Ducklings are hardier than chickens and can take cold sooner, but they still need babied for the first few weeks and need heat in their room/garage or need heat plates until they are fully feathered or it stays over 50 degrees outside even at night. Here in northeast Indiana, the temps are still dipping below that at night, so I’m hoping when they turn 3 weeks old that will be a different case! The infrared heater will be going to the garage with them when they move to their bigger brooder and they might get to swim in a small pool out there too. They won’t get their full size kiddie pool until they are fully feathered at 6-8 weeks.

Duckling video below with their good morning fresh water time!

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