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Baby duckling newbie help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dyzired, May 12, 2016.

  1. dyzired

    dyzired Out Of The Brooder

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    Help everyone!
    I am new here and this is my first post and I could use some help!

    I work for a dog/cat supply shop and had a guy come in at the end of the night who had found a baby duckling . The duckling was found with a straycat who was pawing at it. He didn't see mom or other babies or a water source anywhere, so I can only guess the cat snagged him and carried him away.

    He appears to be very young still.

    I had baby ducks when I was very
    Young, but don't remember much of their care.

    Of course by the time I left work all the feed stores In town had already closed and none of the other pet stores had any sort of baby food.

    I could really use any and all advice! For now I have a large plastic tub with a clean towel, a heat lamps, and ive been offering water, But can't get him to drink any. He just wants to sleep

    Overall he seems healthy. I dont see any wounds and when he's awake he is alert and active.

    Thank you all In advance!

    Ps...can anyone tell me whAt kind of duck he is?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can help you better then I but you could always feed your duckling a hard-boiled egg. The yolk especially, is very good for a young bird.
     
  3. Sristi

    Sristi Out Of The Brooder

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    Mashed up hardboiled egg, especially the yolk. Ground up oatmeal. Snip up some dandelion greens very fine and float them in the water. Put a little dish of sand or gritty soil so it can digest the greens.
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try to get the temperature in the brooder to 90°. Give that lil guy a small stuffed animal, being alone is going to be toughest on him.
     
  5. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    If you post a picture, we should be able to give you an idea of the breed. Ducklings really do better with a buddy. A stuffed animal & one of those mirrors you can put in bird cages would be helpful. Feed the baby non-medicated chick starter once you can get to a store. You might also add vitamins & electrolytes (Sav-A-Chick) to the water.
     
  6. dyzired

    dyzired Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all! I'm on my way to the feed store now! Got him to drink water last night...but he did not want me to leave him alone in the brooder :( he kept crying and as soon as I'd pick him up he would sleep.
     
  7. dyzired

    dyzired Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay and sorry I thought I added a picture! I'm using my phone so idk if it works. Did it work this time?
     
  8. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks need companionship, more then chicks. A stuffed animal might work, I use mirrors for my quarantined chicks, it helps them to see others.
     
  9. dyzired

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    Ok I had to switch to desktop mode. Hope it worked now!
     
  10. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    This thread explains how to post pictures.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1092179/how-do-you-post-a-picture-on-a-thread

    Also, I think even if posting from your phone, you have to be in desktop mode to post the pic. (Scroll down to bottom of any page to find options.)

    Ducklings also need added Niacin (B3). Most people add it via brewer's or nutritional yeast...1 tablespoon per cup of feed.
     

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