Tips For Care For Baby Ducklings

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When you want to take care of baby ducks, remember not to give them too much care. Ducklings are so cute that they cannot seem to tell us no. However, in this article, we are going to tell you how to care for baby ducklings. It is a good idea to get a baby duck beforehand to practice how to care for it. You should try and get one that is healthy and free of any parasites.

Holding Baby Duck Upside Down

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Hold baby duck upside down for about 30 seconds. Put baby duck down on your lap and slowly lift the back. Gently give the baby some water from a bottle and watch him gulp it down. This will help the baby to understand what he feels like getting wet. After doing this, gently cover the head so that the baby does not feel too wet.

Feeding The Baby Duck

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For feeding time, hold your baby in front of you with its mouth open. Make sure that its beak is pointing upwards and slightly forward. Then talk to your duck using its little live tweet talking, telling it what you are doing and the happy sounds. The happy sounds mean that the duck is eating. After feeding, tell your duck what you are doing, and the happy sounds and the feeding time is on its way.

If you want to teach your duck how to talk, you will need to hold your baby in a particular position. Firstly, face your duck directly. Secondly, extend your index finger along the side of its neck where the little live tweet talking bone is located and grasp it with your palm. It is now ready to talk.

As ducklings grow, they need to socialize with other ducklings. One way is to stand two or more ducklings next to your ducklings and feed them at the same time. If you do not have a lot of space, put your ducklings in one big pen. Do not force them to talk to each other. Ducklings are naturally shy and will look at one another as though they might be threatening. The company of their parents best serves them.

Try Giving Dry Food

To get your ducklings to eat properly, try offering only dry food such as corn flakes. If you think the ducklings can learn to eat this type of food on their own, wait until they are at about twelve weeks of age. At this age, they will be able to digest well. Dry food should be smeared generously with butter.

To help mum feed her duck, hold the duck close to your body, and point to the food. The duck will naturally start to watch you. When ducklings cannot see their owners, they will try and watch you through the bars of your enclosure. Point to some of the things in your enclosure. This will help ducklings figure out that you are their mum.

Help Them Getting Used To Seeing Through The Bars

The last thing you will want to do is help your ducklings get used to seeing you through the bars. To help your ducklings feel more comfortable with you, point at them, and say their names. Repeat this routine every time you come near your ducklings. When ducklings recognize their owner, they will look at them and listen to them for longer. Soon your ducklings will recognize your voice and look towards you for their meal.

After about five days, ducks should be eating chicken pellets or whole chicken meat. Once you see that your ducklings no longer eat food from the pellets or whole chicken, change to rice cereal. Rice cereal tastes better to ducklings than chicken or pellets. When ducklings get used to seeing you, they will come to you when they want to eat food. They won’t wander off on their own.

When ducklings have completely grown, it is now time to hand feed them. You can use a small, separate feeding station where you feed ducklings once a day instead of one big feeding station to clean up afterward. This makes duckling feeding less messy for you and ensures that your ducklings stay healthy.

Final Words

For the first few weeks after you hand feed your ducklings, continue using the feeder. Ducklings will not be able to swim in the water until they are at about four months old. However, as long as you continue to hand feed them, ducklings will be happy and healthy. As soon as they develop swimming ability, you can slowly begin using a duck call. Once you get to know your ducklings and enjoy living with them, you can remove the duck call and give the duckling’s a much happier life.

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