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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:31 pm 
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Wise Wyandotte
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Fisrtly you need some ducklings Young, no more than a week or two old wil produce the best results and preferably from someone who has also been handling them alot.

You will need to keep them in a brooder box. You can easily make one of these by purchasing 57L storage tubs from bunnings for 12.00, drill some holes in the side for ventilation and use a well ventelated lid (not the plastic one they come with, i use plant trays.

Attach a light fitting to the lid, and use a 60W light globe until the bubs are 4 weeks old, then drop down to a 40w globe for another 2 or 3 weeks depending on the outside temperture. Use shavings in the bottom, they will need changing at least once a week.

Handle the ducklings as soon as you get them, they need to be used to your vocie and you handling them. This is when the imprint on you. You can give them treats, meal worms are good, as are other grubs you find in the garden.

When they are old enough to go outside you still need to handle them, otherwise it can wear off. Keep the treats up, getting them to feed out of your hand works well.

If you get a drake occasionally hand raising him can make him too tame, and a litle aggressive in the breeding season, hence it is better to buy sexed ones, and still have a good relationship with the drake, but not too good a one.

Once they are adults, they will make lovely birds, very quiet and non skittish. Perfect pets for kids.

The same applies to goslings, however they seem a little easier to get to bond. Goslings do not need o the light for as long and will be able to go outside by about 4 weeks old, in a not draughty shed.

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