Baby Ducks! These little babies are super fluffy and fuzzy!
When a baby duck pops out of its eggshell, they become ducklings! They will hatch in a warm and well-protected brooding nest made by the mother duck before they are ready to hatch. There are many different types of ducks and some have different names but the most common name is a flock. Baby ducks will remain under the mother’s care where they will be protected from the cold and enemy predators. This makes them happy and comfortable, knowing that they can enjoy their mother and the company of their brothers and sisters!
Ducks belong to the species name Anatidae; along with other birds such as geese and swans. Although ducks are mostly aquatic birds, they lay their eggs that are soon to become ducklings. After a mommy duck lays her eggs, she will sit on them and watch them carefully for 28 days! That’s almost a full month. After the duckling hatches, it will begin to feel hungry the very next day. The mommy duck will also feed the baby duck. The duckling stays with its duck mother a period of fifty to sixty days before being able to live on its own.
Once the duckling hatches, he or she quacks softly to alert their mother that they are here to explore the big world! Just like a human baby, they quickly want their mother. The mommy duck will quickly set some rules and boundaries for the little ducks. They are only allowed to swim near the mother until they are fully grown. This rule keeps them safe!
Baby ducks really like to play! Many people like to stare at them and may even try to play with them. They are humble by nature and are very welcoming. They have long and wide beaks that allow them to hold things while playing on land. I’m sure they just wish that they were better runners than they are!
Baby ducks will develop stronger and broader wings with time, which will allow them to swim and dive deep into the water whenever they feel like taking a bath! When the weather is hot they will raise their wings and wash them to feel cooler and fresh. When raised as pets they are good companion and their beauty makes them so adorable.
Ducks can make very rewarding and entertaining pets with the right set up and habitat for them to live in. Start with a sturdy sheltered place for your ducks to sleep out of the elements. The best type of housing would be made of metal with adequate room inside for them to nest. This outdoor housing area should be cleaned about 2-3 times per month.
Ducks drink lots of water and always prefer to have food around; so ensure that there is plenty of fresh water at any given time and that they have access to a dry mix of food. Ducks will also need to swim! Build them a manmade pond or use water features already available to you on your property. Do not count on ducks to swim in chlorine as it is harmful to their skin. Ducks are very social animals and should live with others when possible.
Take extra care during the winter to make sure their needs are attended to at all times.
Duck Facts – Facts about Ducks
- Duck species can be found on every continent except for Antarctica
- Ducks have waterproof feathers
- Ducks do not mate for life
- Male ducks are mostly silent and it is the females that quack the most
- Ducks have been domesticated and treated as pets for over 500 years
- There are over 30 breeds of domestic ducks.
- Ducks are social animals and should live in pairs