6 Tips for Raising Ducklings and Goslings

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hey guys it's Morgan gold shot farm and

I wanted to make a video to just give

you six quick tips that you should be

thinking about if you are trying to brew

goslings or ducklings especially if

you're doing it your first time but even

if you've done it before there might be

a couple of things that you find useful

in this video so I hope this helps you

are so stinking adorable little Gosling

yeah hey how's it going so tip number

one is you need to be thinking about the

safety of your goslings and ducklings

above all else these little ones are

adorable and cute and funny

they're completely defenseless they're

relying on you to protect them keep them

warm keep them safe keep them fed and so

as you're thinking about getting little

birds like this know that that's a

tremendous amount of responsibility and

it takes a lot of work you have to make

sure you have a brooder set up which is

keeping them warm for the first few

weeks of their lives until they get the

chance to feather out like if you look

at this one right now it's just got its

little soft baby fuzz going it doesn't

have real feathers ducks and geese can

live in very very cold temperatures but

when they're little like this they need

to be kept warm usually it's the mother

sitting on the baby birds that keep them

warm when they're when they're actually

young but if you're doing this in an

artificial setup you're going to need

heat lamps of some sort or some sort of

heating plate something to keep them

you're also going to need some sort of

protective area to keep them safe it can

be an enclosed area that you can keep

out predators we have this room here and

I've actually got them in this broken

100 gallon tank it's pretty much the

perfect space for housing a few of them

there's probably a few too many right

now but I'm going to be actually selling

a couple of these guys very shortly and

so will free up some space for the

others there's all sorts of brooding

setups that you can use I actually

recently built a shed for being able to

brood my ducklings and goslings outside

but because we're still at the edge of

winter I mean heck it just snowed here


in Vermont this morning I'm raising this

batch of birds here inside but really

what it comes down to it is you need to

be able to keep them at a safe

temperature it starts at about 90

degrees right when they're first born

and then it progressively lowers you

also don't want them to be too hot

either because they'll feather out much

slower which really impedes the

development of the birds the second

point I would make is that water

management is everything some of the

biggest messes and the biggest

smelliness is in the biggest health

hazards for your birds are gonna come

from water you want to keep their

bedding dry but they also need to have

access to water where they can dump

their bill into water and get a good

healthy drink that's a big part of how

waterfowl like ducks and geese actually

eat their food they actually keep it in

their bill and they swish it around and

they need that water submersion to be

able to do that you know some people try

to brood little ducklings or goslings

with like little nipple waterers that

you'd use for a chick and that actually

won't work they need to be able to dunk

their head the problem is though they

are water fowl so their inclination is

to try to go full-on swimming and go

crazy and that's not good either and so

what I've found that's work best is when

they're tiny in their in their first

couple of weeks I actually use a poultry

feeding trays and I'll fill those up

with water that way they can dunk their

heads in and get the drink they need but

they can't go any further than their

head the downside here is though that

you have a limited amount of water that

you can hold and so you need to have

several of these to be able to supply

the right amount of water for your Birds

I will also say I'm not a big fan of

waterers like this the reason is the

ducklings and goslings will splash and

make a mess in here and all the water

will drain out and then all that water

is gonna spread on your bedding and just

make a total mess it's gonna stink it

could potentially get your birds wetter

than they should be I have used these in

the past but right now at this point I'm

opposed to using this when it comes to

water the other tip I'd offer you guys

up is that I will sometimes make like a

platform or a screen and sit it over

like a piece of Tupperware or plastic to

catch the water and so when you have it

over that screen I'll usually like to

use two-by-fours and hardware cloth the

water drains through and doesn't get the

bedding or the birds nearly as wet when

they splash around with it so I strongly

advise you to use something like that


the next tip I'd offer up is make sure

you give your baby ducks and geese some

sand or some sort of grit I usually

actually just use regular old sand it's

cheap and easy to supply what it does is

the birds will swallow it and use it as

part of their digestion so it helps them

actually break down their food better it

helps them digest better particularly

for geese it's really important geese

are eating and shredding all that grass

they need something to help them break

it down and the sand does a nice job so

what I'll usually do is I will just take

a dish like this and set it down inside

right near their food and water don't

way they have access to that as well

they can dig in and explore if they're

interested now for my next tip it's all

about the outdoors

particularly for goslings but for ducks

too the earlier you can expose them to

the outdoors the better

in fact when I built that new brooder

I've actually constructed an

outdoor area that I can let the birds go

out during certain times of the day so I

can keep them outside during the day as

they get a little bit older but bring

them back inside at night because our

temps drop below the 40s on a regular

basis but even before I'm bringing my

birds outside I will often start to feed

them grass as early as like 2 or 3 days

old the reason for this is the grass is

really their natural food and natural

part of the diet for the Gosling and

they get to break it down and shred it

it gives them something to do and so

that they're not so bored and if they

don't pick at each other nearly as much

there's also some vitamins like niacin

that are contained in some of these

plants particularly if you can get

things like dandelion greens and so

really often as I'm raising these baby

I will feed them like a handful of grass

just like this everybody's sleeping so

this might not work

hey guys something new something fun

what you're gonna find is the older that

they get the more vigorous they're gonna

eat it and as they get a little bit

older and they can get used to you

giving it to them they go crazy for it

the next tip I'd offer up is that you

should just spend time with them get

them comfortable with you the more time

you can spend with your baby birds the

more they're gonna be spending time with

you as they get older if you just leave

your birds by themselves and have them

always stay with their flock they're

just gonna always be comfortable with

their flock and they're not gonna be as

comfortable with you they might even be

afraid of you I made that mistake with

my earliest batch of ducklings that I

ever had and even as adults today they

still are terrified of me and now some

of this is a little bit dictated by the

breed and variety that you have like so

an Emden or pilgrim goose is very

affectionate and very human friendly

Indian runner khaki Campbell ducks are

much more skittish Pekin ducks are

actually pretty friendly it really

depends on the variety that you have in

terms of how they're gonna be with you

but then also how you raise them so it

is a combination of that nature and

nurture but if you spend time with them

now they will spend time with you later

now for my final tip I'm gonna have to

take you guys outside




so the last tip that I would offer up

for you guys is to make sure that you

have a plan for your baby birds long

after they stopped being baby birds

where are you gonna house them how are

you gonna feed them why are you keeping

them having a sense for all these things

are really really important you know are

you gonna have your birds live on

pasture and you're gonna move them in a

mobile chicken tractor or a mobile

chicken coop of some sort are you gonna

build them a coop that's stationary and

predator proof are you gonna offer them

predator protection like my buddy Toby

over there you know thinking about those

things now while they're still small is

important because you might need to do

preparation you might need to build that

chicken tractor or build that coop make

sure you have that plan you know so for

example for me the the Gosling's that I

have inside there that I just recently

hatched out I've actually sold several

of them and so I don't actually plan to

raise all of them inside that room for

all that long I actually have a seven of

her going off farm later today if you

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