I have 2 rescue mallards. I had a mallard once before, so when these little guys were found with their dead momma, I was asked to take them in. I have a male and female. Their names are Crimson and Clover (haha, corny, I know).
I have had them since they were 6 days old, back in May, which sadly means, they did not imprint on me as much as I would have liked. That said, they go crazy when I get home, they just don't cuddle like my first girl did.
I have a few questions that I need answered. I'm hoping someone can help and put my mind at ease. There are no avian vets anywhere near me, and I've basically learned everything by combing google for hours and hours.
Their diet consists of unmedicated pellets. I also give them thawed peas and corn 4-5 times a week. I won't lie, occasionally they get into the catfood..lol.
My concern is, both, but mostly my drake, has beautiful feathers when he's dry (except tail feathers), but it seems like once he's in the water, it soaks right through, and he looks haggard. My female looks slightly rough after a swim, but not as bad. I read that this could be from dirty bedding. They are currently in the house due to our horrid winters here in Alberta. I unfortunately didn't have the funds to build a house and full set up, but they will have that this spring. While I'm at work, they are in an ex-large dog crate. I have straw or old sheets in the bottom, and they get changed every day. They are in the pen over night, and while I'm gone, for a total of about 14 hours. They have full roam of the house when I get home, until I go to bed. Most of that time, they spend on the top of their pen. The pen is by no means disgusting when I get home, but they have usually made a small mess of their water and food, and there is of course, poop everywhere.
They don't seem overly interested in bathing either. They have access to water deep enough that they can dive and fully submerge, every evening. I have to put them in the water atleast 4 nights a week. They jump in and immediately get out. 2-3 times a week they will actually clean themselves good.
Another concern is I haven't found any eggs. I figured with my first girl, it was lack of a drake. I'm just afraid I'm not meeting their dietary needs. I have given them brewers yeast since they were babes (not as much now), but aside from their food, that's it. They eat their pellets, but don't seem interested alot of the time.
What do you feed your babies? and how much?
Do you give additional vitamins? If so, what and how much?
Any additional information you can give is greatly appreciated. I love these **** ducks a lot. I want to make sure I'm doing for them what they need and deserve.
Thanks so much in advance!