Raising ducklings is a fun task, usually a little delicate the younger the ducklings are but the difficulty of taking care of them gradually lifts when they grow older. After artificial incubating of 28 days, the ducklings now need a brooding spot. It can be a corner of the barn or in the garage, as long as the area is well ventilated-not directly exposed to wind, and well lighted. The brooding spot is a place with good conditions so that the baby ducks will live. The usual brooding nest is a cardboard box that is enough to house all the baby ducklings. It must be enclosed in a cage to prevent entry for predators, even dogs and cats.
The brooding spot is then kept dry by the beddings which is usually made up of hay. Wet spots on the beddings should be replaced. Do not use moldy or dusty beddings because they might affect the young ducks negatively.
The temperature of the brooding area should also be kept warm-warm not hot. This can be done with a single 50-watt reflector bulb for about 10 to 20 ducklings. A 50 to 100 incandescent bulb can also be used in heating. The important thing is to position the bulb at the right distance in the brooding area so that the ducklings can move towards it if they feel cold or away from it when they feel hot. In raising baby ducks for commercial purposes, more bulbs or with higher wattages are used.
Another important element in raising baby ducks is the food. They cannot digest whole grains yet so don’t feed them with rice or corn. Don’t give them bird seed and dry bread too. They may be fed with finely chopped fruits and vegetables. You may catch small worms for them too. Unmedicated chick or duck starter can be fed to them too. A special water dispenser should also be used so that a water height is maintained; so that the ducklings can drink without drowning if they jumped onto it.
Note that keeping ducks can also be done in a contained environment, like an incubating system where the temperature, humidity and air can be easily adjusted, especially when they are 2-3 weeks old only. But if you have a few newly hatched ducklings in your farm, or if you received a few young as a gift, nothing can be as rewarding as watching and helping them grow with your own hands.
Tayla Lynn, Lorette Lynns granddaughter will be performing live country music at the Mitchell Opera House on September 9th at 7:00 p.m.! Tayla Lynn is a southern girl who grew up in the heart of Tennessee, and her country bloodlines are undeniable. Her grandmother is country-music legend, Loretta Lynn, and her father, Ernie, sand and played guitar in Lorettas band. I cant remember a time that I wasnt in the wings of some town somewhere, watching my memaw and my daddy on stage, recalls Tayla. She was 4 or 5 the first time she remembers her memaw taking her on stage. As a result of nature and nurture, performing is in her blood and singing is one of the most natural and happy activities in her life. Tayla has toured with Loretta, opening her shows over the years. It was there that she was discovered and given a record deal with her trio called Stealing Angels. The girls toured the country singing in front of thousands. The made a record with Paul Worley, who produced for the Dixie Chicks, Lady A, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, and many more. Their songs He Better be Dead and Paper Heart have both made billboard charts and the video was played on CMT! Tayla has had the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant songwriters and producers in Nashville. The combination of Taylas pure, natural, vocal talent, and her innate knack for crafting a story, add up to the makings of a star! Tayla performs a variety of her own musical as well as singing her memaw, Loretta Lynns songs.