Depressed Duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Angel Petrosky, May 1, 2017.

  1. Angel Petrosky

    Angel Petrosky New Egg

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    Recently one of my ducklings was attacked by an owl and he died. His brother or sister (They're only a few weeks old) seems very depressed. He already has a niacin deficiency but now he has barely gotten up. We did get two more ducks of a different litter (same breed different parents). They're much older, about a year. Is there anything we can do to make him feel better, he's even trying to simulate our other duck' s behavior not that he's gone. Does anyone have any advice for what we should do.
     
  2. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    Does the depressed duckling have playmates the same age?

    Are you treating the niacin deficiency?
     
  3. Angel Petrosky

    Angel Petrosky New Egg

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    yes and he's showing progress! He doesn't have playmates his age but he has 2 older playmates.
     
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  4. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    Birds have a strong desire to be with others of the same kind. Any chance you can get another duckling about his age? If not, since he should be housed separately from the adults, putting a mirror and a small stuffed animal should help with any loneliness.

    Congrats on the progress! The really do improve quickly.
     
  5. Angel Petrosky

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    We are getting 2 more ducklings only a little bit younger than him soon and him and the adults seem to be getting along fine there's been no fighting of any sort. They're also the same breed so I guess that helps?
     
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  6. Debs Flock

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    That's great!
     

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