How to Care for Khaki Campbell Ducklings

Updated November 21, 2016

The Khaki Campbell was first recognised as a domestic duck breed in 1941. These ducks were named for their brown plumage, the colour of which resembles the British army's standard uniforms. They are a relatively lightweight bird, which makes them poor meat birds, but Khaki Campbells are excellent egg-layers, producing around 300 duck eggs per year. If you've just acquired a handful of Khaki Campbell ducklings, you'll probably be glad to hear that they are easy to care for and require little maintenance as they mature and begin producing their own eggs. (See Reference 1)

Provide a safe, warm environment for your ducklings, such as a plastic tote or other medium-sized container. Adult Khaki Campbells flourish in nearly any climate, but ducklings should be kept under a 100- to 200-watt heat lamp for at least the first few weeks of life. Provide hay or towels for bedding. (See References 2, 3)

Supply fresh, clean water at all times. Provide a shallow bowl for water. Adult Khaki Campbells enjoy bathing in water, so be aware that your ducklings might try the same in their water dish. Place a few small, clean pebbles in the bottom of their water bowl to prevent them from drowning if they decide to take a bath. (See References 2, 3)

Feed waterfowl starter to the ducklings. Chick or game bird starter contains the nutrients growing ducklings need, in a form which allows for easy consumption and digestion. Feed starter to your ducklings for the first 4 to 6 weeks before switching them to commercial pellet duck feed. Use a plastic or galvanised feeder for easy access. (See References 2, 3)


Adjust the temperature of the bulb as necessary if the ducklings seem too hot or too cold. If the ducklings are huddled under the bulb, increase the temperature. If they are spread out and sluggish or seem to be panting, decrease the temperature. (See Reference 2) Place the ducklings' food and water bowls in proximity within their enclosure. Ducklings will eat a mouthful of food and then take a drink of water immediately afterward. If you do not provide easy access to water, ducklings can choke on their food. (See Reference 3) Ducklings imprint on their human caregivers almost immediately. Once imprinting occurs, be prepared to take care of your ducklings for life. (See Reference 2)


Do not keep ducklings in a container that does not allow adequate ventilation, like a sealed plastic container. Ducklings need fresh air to survive and thrive. Do not feed bread, medicated starter feed or poultry feed to ducklings, as these foods can be harmful or even fatal. Inspect feed for mould, as mould can also be fatal to ducklings. (see Reference 2)

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Hay or towels
  • Heat lamp
  • Water bowl
  • Pebbles
  • Feeder bowl
  • Waterfowl starter feed
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