Ducklings need a warm brooder box. I have
never checked the temp. in any of my boxes, but it needs
to be around 90 degrees and draft free.
A brooder light can be purchased at a local
feed store. These lights can take up to a 250-watt bulb. You will only need a bulb that big if you are brooding outdoors or have a
I use a Rubbermaid tub. This will require a
60-100 watt bulb to be on depending of how many
ducklings and how high it is suspended.
You will know that the ducklings are warm
enough if they are moving around the entire area. They will fall asleep
alone instead of in a group. If they are too cold they will huddle
together, and you will need to lower the light or go to a higher wattage.
If they are too warm they will breathe with their bill open and will not go
near the heat light. If they are too warm try to decrease the wattage or
raise the bulb.
I start with the 100-watt bulb and do not
place it in the middle. It is placed off to one side. That way they can
get away from the heat.
After they are 10 days to 2 wks. I begin to
decrease the heat until the bulb is off. They need to be monitored as
described in #4. Eventually they can be moved to the porch/garage and then
Bedding in the brooder can be wood shavings or
old towels. No newspaper as this gets slippery and can lead to leg