Posted 04-14-2004 at 13:04:51
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Those things can get very messy very fast - guess that could be why you are asking for help, huh?
Raise them where you will want them to hang around when they are adults. If you raise them on the back porch - that's where you will be washing away duck poo from now on. Or in my case, until a fox gets them.
Waterfowl hatched in an incubator do not have natural oils with which to shed water until about 8 weeks of age when they get feathers.
Without the ability to run from predators onto the water, you will need to provide a safe place for them to stay, especially at night. Like, maybe, a raised chicken coop of sorts. Or you may want to build them a run made from chicken wire. Treat them like chicks, only much more water stuff.
They do like to play in water, so if you don't have a pond, maybe a small plastic kid's pool will work. You will need to provide a ramp into and out of it for the ducks.
These are just ideas, nothing scientific or concrete (except the oil thing). We are on our second batch of spring duckies and are about to move them out of the basement and to the pond.
Good luck with yours!