ducklover1804 wrote:I need help or some information on raising baby mallard ducks. We have a lot of cats and 2 dogs. I don't have anything to keep them in outside to where nothing won't get them. I keep them in my room in a 30 gallon tank with food and water. But the tank stays all messy, dirty, and wet. It also smells, lol! I got 3 of them but I can't give them away because they're not supposed to be separated and they have to have a mate. Or in other words, they're not solitary. So if anyone can help or give me some advice on this little problem I have then I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
Many things can be used to keep these 3 ducklings in. A 30 gallon tank, Isn't 1 of them!
A Dog Kennel/Crate will work, Kiddie Pools will Work, Small area inclosed with wood will work!
You should have a Heat lamp on them so they have a place to stay warm....It should be set up, that there is 1 spot were the Ducklings can get into the heat and then get away from it so they do not over heat......Heat should be Regulated Week by Week to Decrease the Heated area, 5-10 Degrees each week........Food and Water Should Not be under the heat lamp!
They will be able to go outside at 4-5 weeks of age, should be ready to fly at 8 weeks.
If these are Wild Style Mallards, Don't matter if they are Tame or not, they will Fly....If they are Ruens which are a Tame Duck that LOOKS Like Mallards, they Will NEVER Fly. To Big and to short of wings!
If they are Wild Style Mallards, nothing you can do to keep them from flying other then to Clip feathers from 1 wing or to Pen them up!
As for Critters getting them, Critter proof your yard or keep them in a Pen!
I have Ducks and don't have a problem with Critters getting mine, I taught the dog to Chase off the Critters when they come a calling to dine on my Ducks.....Gets alittle Stinky when a Skunk shows up though! :laughing:
Our youth are the Back Bone to hunting of the Future. Teach them WELL!