Help!!! Newly hatched duckling
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Edited by tloibl54 - 5/16/16 at 7:26pm
Newly hatched ducklings need to rest for several hours....
It may have a nutrient deficiency, so putting vitamins in the water may help.
Often especially B vitamins are missing, so if you can put some B Complex in water, I would try that.
The amount of B Complex I would use would depend on how much niacin-B3 is in the vitamin. Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks recommends 100 to 150 mg niacin per gallon of water for niacin-deficient ducklings, so I would use the B3 as a guide.
Example: If there were 25 mg B3-niacin in each tablet, I would put one to one and a half tablets in a quart of water.
For my flock, I have found that they eat different amounts depending on the weather, and if they are laying, or molting.
So, I keep food with my flock 24/7 - and refill as needed. There is a table in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks that estimates how much food is needed.
For example, for 8 to 9 pound ducks, laying, they need 0.45 to 0.60 pounds of 16% protein feed per duck per day, and there is this note from the table - I think it is an important note:
"The quantities of feed that you need to supply to ducks are highly dependent on the availability of natural foods, the climate conditions, and the quality of feed (e.g. birds require larger amounts of high-fiber foods than low-fiber foods to meet their energy requirements)."
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