Baby ducklings hatched in the winter. Help please!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by heideraa, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. heideraa

    heideraa Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mallard who just hatched out four ducklings they are 5 days old and it has been very cold at night (between 20 and 30 degrees) one of the ducklings got out of the nest last night and was dead this morning (I am assuming it's because he got to cold). Should I bring the remaining three ducklings inside and put them under a heat lamp or leave them outside with their momma? And also when is a good time to take them from their mom and sell them? Any advise would be great!
     
  2. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd bring them inside and brood them.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    can you bring mom inside too. a dog crate works well and they will be better off having her with them. As far as selling them ducklings are sold all the time as day olds. so anytime your ready to part with them, but this time of year I'd make doubly sure who ever gets them is set up to brood ducklings inside they will never make it out doors. and seems awfully cruel to take the ducklings away from mom after she sat so faithfully to hatch them, when I have to sell my Muscovy ducklings I usually wait till 3 weeks old.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a clutch this past March it was very much winter here, i locked mama and her brood in a stall in my duck barn, installed a heat lamp and watched. They all got through it, definitely hard with plummeted temps but now all are healthy, 8mths olds, i only sold one of the quad and he was older by that point, i don't sell duckings here.
     
  5. heideraa

    heideraa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank y'all very much for the advise, I had babies and mom in at night. This is her first set of babies and she ended up trampling two of the babies (who ended up dying from it :( ) so I had to bring the remaining duckling inside and I am taking care of him to avoid the same happening to him. I really wish I could have left him with the momma, but he is doing great and the mom doesn't even act like she ever had babies anymore. So I think that was best for now.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thanks for updating, so happy to hear the duckling is doing so good. and mom is back to normal.
     

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