Ducks: Cute, Cuddly and Stinky


The Historic FoodieWe have Pekin and Rouen ducks in our flock and of all our birds – turkeys, geese, chickens and guineas – the ducks are by far the messiest and stinkiest. If I’d gotten them first, I might have been far less inclined to get the others. Between the droppings, splashed water, dropped feed, and a heat light to ripen it all, the stench is pretty overwhelming.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the weather was warm enough with the sunshine we could take them out and let them have a much needed bath. I carried them (4 weeks old) out in a Rubbermaid tub, and put warm water into clean tubs for their bathing pleasure. Afterward I took them back in and put them under the heat light to dry them quickly and prevent them from catching a chill. The result? Clean, odor-free ducklings that were once again as cute as they could possibly be. How long did it last?

Ready to go out for a bath

Pekins enjoying a bath

The Rouens bathing

Under the heat lamp drying off

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