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I was givin 3 ducklings for a birthday gift.I am concerned because 2 of the ducklings are getting big but the one is not as big as the other 2. She/he eats and drinks and also runs around like the 2 just forgot to grow with them.
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Could you post some pictures?  The smaller one could be a different breed, different gender, etc.. How long have you had them?

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I got them from a hatchery and they were born on Feb 16th and they are Rouen Ducklings
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They are adorable but I am at a loss.  I have no idea why one would be so much smaller.  Hopefully a wiser soul will weigh in for you.

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Thank you for at least trying.
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I did find two posts of similar problems.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/357142/one-duckling-not-growing

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1131084/help-one-duckling-is-a-midget

Some suggest feeding the little one separately to be sure it is getting enough and weighing him to be sure he is gaining weight.  Those posts make it sound like it is pretty common but I will warn you, the duckling in the second post did not make it.

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I would suggest Nutri-drench and apple cider vinegar with mother (not the pasteurized stuff) in their water and possibly extra niacin (I used brewers yeast) in their food. It won't hurt the other two and it could help ensure that the little one is getting enough nutrients. If you have trouble finding any of those locally, I purchased all of them on Amazon.

When we got our six ducklings last August as three-day olds, we could tell as early as the next week that one was significantly smaller than the others. Even though she had access to the same free-choice feed that the other five thrived on (they never looked scruffy or awkward at any stage!), she ended up with a niacin deficiency, had some kind of stroke or seizure at one point and just grew so slowly! Then as the others got bigger, they started running her over, simply because they couldn't see her, so her leg was dislocated or sprained which meant that she "army crawled" instead of walking. I tried keeping her in the house so she wouldn't strain herself trying to keep up with "the big ducks" but she would get so upset to be away from the others that trying to get her to "rest" was just making it worse. She died on December 20th, at just four months old, and she was still quite a bit smaller than the others and never quite got all her adult feathers. We think that she had some kind of genetic issue(s) and knew early on that she would never lay eggs or anything and that she wouldn't live very long, but she was a spunky little thing so we gave her the best possible life under the circumstances.

I'm not saying any of this to depress you, just so that you can be aware and prepare yourself and above all, dont blame yourself it doesn't make it.
Became a duck mom 8-10-16 to six female ducklings - 2 Buffs, 2 Welsh Harlequins, & 2 Cayugas. The runt, Little Welshie, died 12-20-16. First egg was laid on 2-9-17! Added a Golden Cascade drake named Henry 3-16-17.
My blog: Mutual Weirdness Farm.
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Became a duck mom 8-10-16 to six female ducklings - 2 Buffs, 2 Welsh Harlequins, & 2 Cayugas. The runt, Little Welshie, died 12-20-16. First egg was laid on 2-9-17! Added a Golden Cascade drake named Henry 3-16-17.
My blog: Mutual Weirdness Farm.
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Originally Posted by DianeS1978 View Post

I got them from a hatchery and they were born on Feb 16th and they are Rouen Ducklings

i am assuming they were unsexed straight run??

my thinking is that you have 2 boys and 1 girl

 

what are you feeding them, and are you adding niacin? 

ducklings need more protein than chicken chicks

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17 Chickens, 5 call babies, 1 Lippitt Morgan mare, 1 bird hungry German Shepherd, 1 Daughter, and a very suspicious husband... 

and a bear that is hiding at the moment

 

My Incubator Build 

Incu Notes click HERE 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

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Yes they were not sexed and they are on the chick starter/grower I am learning on what to feed them as I go. What I do know is the little one is more at the food then they are and they do not push her/him away even though they are bigger
Edited by DianeS1978 - 3/9/17 at 8:31am
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