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The Ducks

Page 5 (the Ducklings)

A small white cage with a blue bottom with seven ducklings sitting in it. The cage has a heat lamp pointing down on one end from the top. The first few inches of the cage have pieces of cardboard taped to it to prevent the birds from getting out.

The ducklings outgrew their last living arrangements in a little over a week! They could mess their old cage in less than one hour and when I say mess, I mean MESS! The poultry water feeder was no longer working forthem. They played in it and emptied it in less then two hours. I tried giving them two poultry water feeders and they emptied two water feeders in less then two hours! To ducklings, water means playtime! Also, when duckling are about a week old they need to get their full head under the water to clean out their noses, yet they cannot spend the whole time being wet. A bowl on the floor of the cage would be constantly played and pooped in. They do not have feathers and would get cold and sick of they were constantly wet.

A bigger cage with seven ducklings sitting in the corner of it. There is a heat lamp on the other end that no duck is under.

The solution... (for the moment anyway) are water dishes which hang off the side of the cage. The ducklings cannot swim in the water, yet they can get their full head in it. Their feet are now big enough for a grate bottom cage with a slide out tray. Kitty litter is placed in the tray to absorb their constant waste and to makecleaning easier. The ducklings no longer need the sides of the cage card boarded and taped up because they are too big to squeeze out of the cage, which is exactly what they did when they first hatched! Cardboard is however placed under and in back of the cage to prevent poop from getting on the floor and wall. The ducklings will squirt it out in any direction.

One Duckling is drinking out of a waterbowl. There are Two Ducklings eating out of a food dish and the rest of the ducklings are just looking around inside of a cage
One duckling is laying inside of a green water bowl. Two ducklings are drinking out of the green bowl. There are other ducklings waiting in line to get in the green water bowl

Play Time!

The ducklings are given a bowl of water to have some supervised water play. They cannot resist jumping in the water!

Two ducklings have one foot in the green bowl of water. Two other ducklings are drinking out of silver water dishes on the side of the cage. Another duckling is standing in-between the food bowl and water dish. Two ducklings are drinking out of the green plastic water bowl. There is another duckling drinking out of a silver water dish that is attacked to the side of the cage. Four Ducklings are just walking across the pen

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