So Saturday my husband surprised me with a baby chick (red production hen) and a baby duck (pecan). They were born on 4/20
I HAVE NEVER HAD CHICKS OR DUCKS AND NEED HELP!
I want to make sure I'm doing everything good for them. Currently they are in a wooden crate, that I line with a trash bag, then cardboard and then paper towels. With a light. I have a chick watering bottle and then a small bowl for the food. The food I have is purina start & grow.
I'm worried because the duck likes to lay down a lot, she can move around quickly, stand tall and streach but she just seems to want to be lay down often.
In reading so far, I understand this feed might not have enough protein (18%) and also ducks need more niacin? But if I use a niacin supplement in the water will that harm the chick?
Please advise the best way to take care of a duck and chick together!