Originally Posted by Tevyes Dad
They are all looking very good.
I tried the brewers' yeast this time around (since it seemed that was what most people were using) and switched back to putting niacin in the water. It seemed to me most of the brewers' yeast ended up at the bottom of their food or stuck to the outsides of their bills then at the bottom of their water. I felt very little went in the ducklings and it was way more work and mess. It is hard to find non-time release, non-no flush niacin, but once you find a bottle, you are set for the whole brooding period. (I found one at my local natural foods). I personally haven't experienced any complications from shipped ducks (all but 2 of mine where shipped - 2 were from a semi-local farm). Since they have to be shipped within 24 hrs of hatch, they may have undiscovered preexisting problems that would have otherwise been apparent in a day or so. I would only attribute physical issues (from an abusive ship) to ducklings that arrived on-time. There could be nutritional problems from ducklings that arrive late. The ducklings you get most places (except for direct from the breeder) have probably been shipped first (TSC and such) so they would be just as stressed.
It seems that you have a good handle on it now though giving them the B complex. Hopefully all of them will make a full recovery including your magpie drake.
The last week has been abnormally crazy for us around here ( our first niece was born, our dog turned 6, we celebrated our 11 year anniversary, Mothers day and my sil is in town from out of state) so I am just getting back on to update.
What I meant was I wonder if them dropping the box had an impact on mostly my magpie drake. If the fall while being shipped messed with his head a bit. But he seems fine now, they are outside full time as of a couple of days ago because our newborn niece was having some complications and we needed to be able to leave in a hurry and be gone over night. The only way to do that was to get them out in their pen with a small pool so they wouldn't run out of water over night. Thankfully, she improved and we did not need to make an emergency trip.
The legs on the Saxonies are not perfect yet but they look better than they did and they get around fine. I'm hoping they continue to improve.
But everybody is doing pretty well now, it was just so many issues at once.
I was pleasantly surprised how easily the 2 runners and the 6 younger babies took to each other but the three adults in the other pen wanted to kill them. The pens are right next to each other so they can see them and get used to them before we let them meet.