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Keeping Ducks As Pets

Early planning is important in keeping happy and healthy ducks as pets. If you want to handle your ducks well, you need to purchase them as hatchlings to have more time in getting a good grasp on how to raise ducks as pets; plus, they will grow a special bond with you.

Before you acquire the ducklings, make sure that you are well-equipped to do the task of raising and keeping the ducks by considering the following factors: 

Adequate Space: Ducks are sociable animals; it is advisable to keep at least three ducks to foster physical and mental growth. You will need at least a minimum space of 10 ft. per mature duck. You should also consider your yard space since they need to roam around in the open, to play, scavenge for grass and weeds, and to breathe fresh air. If you have a small pond, it will be an added fun since they are well-equipped to swim through it. 

Safety: you should make sure that your pet ducks will be free from physical dangers and predators. The shelter should be away from intense heat, rainfall, snow, and predators such as foxes, stray dogs, cats, owls, eagles, hawks, and other wild animals. Confining them in a safe place at night is necessary. 

Resources: When you want to raise ducks as a pet, you need to devote money and time, especially if they are still ducklings and still need some nurturing. You should provide them with food, adequate space for feeding and drinking, medicines when they are sick, and vaccines.

In housing your pet ducks, you should keep them inside for the first three to four weeks. If the weather is warm, they can then move in the open when they are two to three weeks old. 

Providing your ducks with an adequate source of water can help them in their good well-being.

Ducklings can be brooded without a mother hen as long as you provide proper incubation. A light bulb placed in the corner of the pen works best. Place the lamp in a certain area of the pen so the ducklings can escape the heat if the pan gets too warm.

If you find the ducklings huddled under the lamp, it means that they feel cold. If they are crowded away from the lamp, the pen is too warm. 

A used playpen is enough for housing the ducks. You might need to place the sides with screenings and wires to keep them from escaping. You can also use a plastic kiddie pool. 

Line it with absorbent litter such as wood shavings or sawdust and suspend a heat lamp over a corner. You can also use a dog or cat litter scoop to pick up their wastes every day. 

Make sure that the floor is not wet to avoid any slipping. They should always have some shelter that will keep them safe from the sun, rainfall, snow, or hale if kept outside the home.

A cheap lean-to can be built by placing a piece of plywood up on two wood blocks or logs.

Keeping Ducks As Pets

Keeping Ducks As Pets

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