New to ducks and chicks, having some issues
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Sorry to hear about your trouble, but glad you have found the culprit and know what you need to do for protection. Is there a way to set up a secure cage or kennel that you can put the drake so he can see the others. If they can have the ability to see and chat with each other through the wire it will give you a greater chance of getting them acclimated with each other before letting them all run together. Is there a way to get him his own small pool to play in. I picked up a large round plastic feeding trough about 4 inches deep for when I have to isolate the ducks and still give them pool time. It always seems to cheer them up and helps in healing.
Thanks for your response! This is a big learning curve! I do have a small tub he could use but am a little worried about him swimming with his wounds still tender. Would that slow the healing? He did get back in the big pool but couldn't get out on his own so maybe his oil glands aren't fully functioning yet after the injury? We have been letting him into the paddock during bright daylight hours when we are home. He sees the chicks through the wires of their coop. I guess we will do something similar with the new ducklings once the big coop comes and the chicks move in there. The ducks will be in the big run with the ducklings inside of this little coop with a heating pad.
Maybe just fill the mini-pool with a few inches of warm water just enough to get his ankles wet that he can splash and dabble in. Throw in some frozen peas. It will give him something to do that is natural for ducks. Wish I could give advise on the wound. Without seeing it I don't know what to offer.
Here are some pictures. It was a little hard holding him in one hand and the phone in the other so I can try again when my husband gets home if that's better. The part right above his tail is still scabbed, above that are new feathers growing.
Getting to know the chicks:
Poor little guy . It is hard to tell in the pictures but their doesn't appear to have any raw exposed wounds (i.e. no redness that I can see). So I think a very shallow pool with some pea treats (maybe some dried mealworms if you have any) would perk him up. A happy duck that is not depressed will speed healing. Giving him something to do and a few treats and able to visit (even if through the wire) will keep him happy.
Here's hoping for a speedy recovery .
He is so handsome and looks very happy in his pool. I have noticed with my ducks that they are very hardy and heal pretty quickly. With a little TLC he will be right as rain in no time. .