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  1. MimiEggs

    Weak duckling, please help

    Update on my "weak duckling" After antibiotic treatment, adding more niacin into her drinking water, and increasing the size of their brooding space my little "Precious" appeared to be making some improvements. However, the more time I spent with her the more I realized she was not enjoying...
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    First time Ducky Daddy

    OMG, it looks awesome, you did a great job! Glad I could be helpful. One more thing (and this is just my opinion). When presented with something "new" a duck has "no hands" to pick it up and get a good inspection of the new object, so their only course of action is to pick it up in their...
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    Raising and caring for ducklings

    I am not an expert on ducks but I will try to answer with my own experiences. Mallards -- Based on my experience from years ago the answer to this question is Yes this is a possibility. Solution: house them in a pen with aviary netting across the top. Many years ago we had 2 Mallard Drakes...
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    First time Ducky Daddy

    earthman, pine shavings is definitely the way to go for smell cover-up. Another thing you can do is go to the pharmacy department and get some disposeable rubber gloves, they come in like a box of 50-100 and cost about $5. Before you "add" any litter put a glove on and pick up any "poop wads"...
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    Meat bird Coop

    My Cornish X have finally begun to venture out into their yard and what a relief that is. They still won't go into the house although they do go up the ramp and sit at the entrance which is hysterical to me cause I'm like standing there talking to them saying okay go another 2 inches and your...
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    First time Ducky Daddy

    I'm cracking up earthman, how many people posted how "fast" ducklings grow? LOL, okay you made it past week 1, guess what? Now they will seem to double in size "every day". My first set of ducklings freaked me out with the growth rate, all I could think was "geez, that's gotta hurt to grow so...
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    making friends??

    Questions: How long have you had the "hen" that perches with the chickens? How old is she? and finally Are you absolutely positive she is "a she"?
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    Meat bird Coop

    Oh sorry (LOL) not putting the duck pond "in" the greenhouse just close to the greenhouse. We just built our greenhouse this year, finished it a few weeks ago. Had to do a fair amount of dirt work before getting started so the area surrounding the greenhouse is like a blank canvas of nothing...
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    Anyone ever try raising Black Soldier Fly Larve to feed their chicken?

    Wow! Thanks for all the threads, it will take me a while to read them all. Appreciate the info.
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    Meat bird Coop

    I am so sorry to give you such a bleak outlook on the Cornish X. Did not intend for it to sound that bad. I guess I personally was not prepared for them to be so very different from our laying hens. But they are and that is just a fact. Also did not want you to go out and build some big ol...
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    Meat bird Coop

    Last year we increased our laying flock, so our original coop and enclosure became too small. Moving the girls to the larger area left us with an empty coop and run. Not wanting to waste this very nice coop and run, I thought hey I'll get some meat birds and brood them in the coop, then when...
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    Anyone ever try raising Black Soldier Fly Larve to feed their chicken?

    I am taking a Master Gardners class at my local extension office and today we talked about worm castings and such. In the course of this conversation we branched off into the Black Soldier Fly Larve as a source of protein for my chickens. I got home and started doing some research and found...
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    First time Ducky Daddy

    LOL, hahahaha, sorry gotta laugh----you should have seen my husbands face when he came home and saw my makeshift duck pen in the center of our living room........he did however enjoy walking up to them and saying hello duckies how ya doin. You have two or three choices on the niacin...
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    First time Ducky Daddy

    They are adorable! Sounds like you've done your homework/research and will be an awesome duck daddy. Don't forget to supplement their niacin (asap) as this is very necessary for proper nerve and muscle development. Your brooder is a great start and similar to what I have used and love your...
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    2 questions about Pekin ducks and ducklings

    Well that saves me a trip to the Vets office Thanks! Many years ago, my mother-in-law housed chickens and ducks successfully without any chicken vs druck drama, of course the ducks were a different breed. So far we have not had any complications but then again the "boys" are just coming into...
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    2 questions about Pekin ducks and ducklings

    Hahaha, a picture would be most helpful....here they are.
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    2 questions about Pekin ducks and ducklings

    I have 2 Pekin ducks that were hatched on app Sept 3, 2012. The larger of the 2 has 3 curled feathers on it's tail, the smaller one has 1 curled feather on it's tail. I read that sometimes the males will have 1 black feather in the middle of their back but have yet see any sign of a black...
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    Thought I'd ordered a dead duck...

    We have successfully incorporated many new additions (including 2 ducks) to our flock of laying hens(with rooster)several times over the last 3 years. The first time we tried we ended up with a new hen that had a bloody head from being "put in her place". This is very normal behavior, however...
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    Raccoon Attack, please help!

    Hahahahahahahahaha No, thought about it, but no. We look at it like this: If you are prowling around in the middle of the night eating our tomatoes, you need to find another place to live. On the other hand, if you are prowling around in the middle of the night, destroying our property and...
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    Raccoon Attack, please help!

    On the roof I would make it at a slight angle (just a couple of inches) to allow for the rain to run off the back. That way rain will not create a puddle at the entrance. If you have the materials, a piece of plywood decking and some shingles would make a really nice roof. You might check...
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