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Featured Stories on BackYard Chickenspost #15082 of 169676/7/16 at 11:45amI have two Mallard females sharing a nest of eggs that are due in the next couple days to hatch. Do you typically separate the moms and babies from the rest of the flock after they hatch? I'm worried that the other ducks and chickens will kill the babies, or that they might follow their moms in the pool and not be able to hop back out. I'll probably pen them up separately in the garage if I can catch them after they hatch.So this is where my John Hancock goes? Oh wait, John Hancock? Pffft...it's Herbie Hancock ;]So this is where my John Hancock goes? Oh wait, John Hancock? Pffft...it's Herbie Hancock ;]post #15083 of 169676/7/16 at 2:59pmQuote:Originally Posted by PotatoWaffles
I have two Mallard females sharing a nest of eggs that are due in the next couple days to hatch. Do you typically separate the moms and babies from the rest of the flock after they hatch? I'm worried that the other ducks and chickens will kill the babies, or that they might follow their moms in the pool and not be able to hop back out. I'll probably pen them up separately in the garage if I can catch them after they hatch.
I usually move my Moms when hatch begins that way babies are easy to catch. They are still under mom.I just place nest and all inside where I am going to keep them separate for everyone. I can't keep my moms and babies in same area[they get very protective and can fight and injure the ducklings] I keep them separated from each other with their own kids. For about a week or more depending on the mom and if she is experienced.Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish, and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish, and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..post #15084 of 169676/7/16 at 3:14pm
Well thanks everyone for your inputs, I still don't know what the cause was, which is always hard to pinpoint. The chick starter was more geared towards game birds so I thought it would be better, but my dad got it not me, so it wasnt me who made that decision. Anyway the two still alive are doing better, and Ive been watching them closely and stopped giving them the layer pellets.post #15085 of 169676/7/16 at 5:43pmQuote:Originally Posted by NathanZee
Here are some more pictures of the ducklings! The one with the splayed leg is doing well, not completely normal but amazingly it is walking a little better every day! I found out the two Mallard/Buff ducklings are sex-linked, the blue mallard being a male and the buff mallard looking one is a female! Gonna be a while till I know about the other two, the Runner/Buffs.
Aww How old are they now?
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1 John 5:12 - He who has the Son has life.post #15086 of 169676/7/16 at 5:58pmpost #15087 of 169676/7/16 at 6:36pmpost #15088 of 169676/7/16 at 6:42pmpost #15089 of 169676/7/16 at 9:44pm
Hi guys! I need help! I live on a lake so I often feed the ducks and I even rescued a duckling 3 years ago when the mother abandoned her nest during a hurricane. Today I was feeding the ducks in my yard and noticed one waddling towards me and the other ducks but very obviously struggling to walk. She has some type of growth on the tip of her wing, to me it looks like a tumor. It's really big compared to the size of her body and its weighing down her wing so that she has to use her foot to lift it up so that she doesn't step on her wing. Its obvious that she can't fly and it breaks my heart knowing she can't get away from my neighbors' big dogs or a car because the ducks often cross the road in my neighborhood. After seeing her for a few minutes it started to bleed. I took the best pictures that I could without scaring her into the lake. If you recognize what this is or how I can treat it please let me know! My next step is getting in contact with a vet- but even then I don't think I would be able to catch her, especially if she got into the lake. Not to mention pay a couple of hundred dollars for a surgery. If you have any advice or knowledge to share let me know, I am all ears! Thank you!post #15090 of 169676/8/16 at 3:37am
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