Baby duck won't eat anything!! Please help!!

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  1. Heather56341

    Heather56341 New Egg

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    Hello everyone!![​IMG]

    Our little duckling hatched on April 2, 2017 one day earlier then her due date!!
    She came out with hardly any blood and was following me the next day!
    She seems healthy and happy even though she is our only duck.
    But she won't eat anything, we got her Purina Flock Raiser Sun Fresh Recipe.
    I have tried wetting and crushing it, she puts the food in her mouth but she spits it out.
    I don't know if its because its still to big for her or she does not like the taste.
    I am getting very worried any answers are appreciated!!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Heather, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our flock! You might post in the Ducks Forum to get some directed advice: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
    Hope you get some helpful advice! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
     
  3. Heather56341

    Heather56341 New Egg

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    Thank you so much!
    I will definitely try that![​IMG]
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Have you tried beating it with a hammer to make it smaller?

    I no nothing about baby duck..just a though..since you say it seems too big...?
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Try wetting it down till it's mostly water. Ducklings take a bill full of food and then take a sip of water. Without that sip of water, they can't get the feed down. It's essential that the food and water are right next to each other.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    that's absolutely true. When we fed wild ducks that were visiting, they would take food from us and dump it in the water, then swallow it.
     
  7. Heather56341

    Heather56341 New Egg

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    Thank you all for answering so fast!
    I am so glad I joined!
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  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Congrats!

    You came to the RIGHT place!

    Good luck!
     
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Heather56341 [​IMG] Welcome!

    [​IMG] I saw “Have you tried beating it with a hammer …..” and had to look again .. ah, the food, not the duck .. just wiping spluttered coffee off my screen [​IMG]

    Anyways, as you have already received some good advice and a link to the Duck Forum, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your duck, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
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  10. Heather56341

    Heather56341 New Egg

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    Thank you for a lovely welcome!
    I tried smashing it with a hammer and... IT WORKED!!!
    She is eating and drinking now as happy as ever!!
    I appreciate all the wonderful replies!
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    Thank You
     
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