According to the YouTube page, while ducklings are able to swim, they can easily tire and drown. They also have underdeveloped oil glands and feathers, so they are not able to get dry and stay warm the way adult ducks can. If raising ducks domestically, it's important to slowly introduce them to swimming, starting with shallow waters and plenty of supervision. The producer of this video only started filling the sink to the top after the duckings began showing signs of readiness by practicing diving. After the fun, they are lovingly helped to dry off with a warm towel and a heating lamp.
This video is cute enough to make anyone want to raise a pet duck. But, like any other animal, raising them requires a lot of attention and care. Despite its prevalence, feeding bread crumbs or popcorn is discouraged. Instead, a diet consisting of healthy proteins from mealworms or crickets provides the nutrition needed for a growing duckling. "It is also recommended to raise pet ducks in pairs since they need that bond to be as happy as possible. It could be considered cruel to raise just one duck by itself." Ducks are naturally codependent animals, and being raised too dependent upon human care alone, they may not properly develop their duck instincts.
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