Carnivore ducks??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newfie1980, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. newfie1980

    newfie1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    My buddy has 16 six week old ducklings and some are getting there wing feathers picked so bad some are bleeding. Anyone know if this is normal or what could be causing this?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks writes that without enough space in the brooder, feather eating becomes a problem. Aggression would also, I think.
     
  3. newfie1980

    newfie1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    They have plenty of room so maybe there's a another problem.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Maybe some multivitamins . . . there are poultry vitamins you can get to put in their water - often just a quarter teaspoon of powder per gallon of water, once or twice a week.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    I'd also feed them some extra protein, dried meal worms come to mind although they are pricy. but also there are other proteins out there, boredom can also trigger this, even though they have enough room ducks get bored if they don't have stuff to do like root in the mud and look for bugs. Bugs are a big part of their diet.https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16110/required-suggested-reading-for-the-byc-forum might help you figure out avatar. [​IMG]
     
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  6. newfie1980

    newfie1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks everyone. I will pass the word to my buddy and hope it works out for him.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had this problem before. I increased their protein level as everything else was okay. I also ended up seperating the pickers for a few weeks because even after the protein increase, they were picking. Feather picking can become a habit so your friend should address this ASAP.
     
  8. coxrb13

    coxrb13 Out Of The Brooder

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    That only works with young ducks
     
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 6 weeks old. Thats young.
     
  10. coxrb13

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    Wht type r they
     

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