Blue Swedish came today! Advice on how I'm doing

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chloemama, May 11, 2016.

  1. chloemama

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    Hello - Our 3 Blue Swedish came this morning. I have had chickens for a few years now, but want to make double sure I am doing ok by these little cuties. They are in a ex-large dog crate, I put mesh along the sides so they wont pop out.
    On one end I put straw/hay then I put down sawdust towards the front.

    I have a aluminum tray that has both a bowl of started, unmedicated, and a bowl/dish of water that has some feed in it.
    The heat lamp is clamped to the inside 'roof' of the crate, When I had it hooked to the outside and pointing in they were shivering a bit so I moved it to the inside.

    Good? Bad? Suggestions?

    Oh they have Brutus the protector watching them :) He's our German Shepherd. He did the same thing when the chicks arrived.
     
  2. duckeg

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    They are ducklings right? Add some niacin or brewers yeast to their food it's important cuz they're gonna grow up super fast and need strong legs, i have swedish too you're gonna luv them
     
  3. chloemama

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    Thanks for the tip. How much do I add? Also, just making sure I am doing it right, I have a bowl of feed but I put a couple of handfuls into their water dish. Correct?


    One is so much tinier than the other two - my husband said they were picking at her bill and eyes, but I see no discharge or anything, thoughts?
     
  4. duckeg

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    I would put a tablespoon of brewer's yeast on their food daily and let them all eat that.

    A poultry multivitamin once a week is something else I would do - add it to their water according to directions.

    No he/she is gonna be ok as long as they have enough food and space.

    Some pic would be nice :p
     
  5. chloemama

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    Not the greatest picture but there they are.
     
  7. duckeg

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    super duper cute
     
  8. Yoles32

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    I've spent a lot of time watching my new ducklings and I thought they were biting at each other, then I realized they were just eating food that was stuck to their feathers! They're so messy!
     
  9. Yoles32

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    But sooooo cute.
     

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