Do I have a micro duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by EdgewaterDucks, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. EdgewaterDucks

    EdgewaterDucks Chirping

    Jan 28, 2019
    Illinois, USA
    Hi Everyone!

    Hope all is well among my fellow Ducksters.

    I’m so excited that my very first attempt at hatching Welsh Harlequin ducklings was a success. All four eggs that I put into the incubator resulted in ducklings!

    But…the last one out appears to have some problems. She hatched out 4 days after its due date (I was about to throw the egg out as a dud). She has one of those curled-in feet I’ve read about.

    And I think she’s what’s called a micro-duck. As you can see from the picture below, she is WAY smaller than her siblings. She’s five days old but her feathers aren’t even fully fluffy yet (her siblings are 9 days old). She’s eating and drinking, but hardly growing at all.

    I’ve looked at other threads about micro-ducks, but I’m wondering if there’s any new advice anyone would like to impart. Add probiotics to the feed? Make funeral arrangements? Just give more time?

    Thanks one and all!

  2. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
    I have no advice, But wishing the best for you and tiny tim! Its very cute!
  3. Knighstar679

    Knighstar679 Songster

    Jun 12, 2018
    Seneca Falls, NY
    It is sure a very adorable duckling. I love Welshies! Best of luck to the little one
  4. Watching to see what everybody says. I had a WHxRunner hatch out a month ago that had similar problems. I eventually lost it after 2 weeks. On the day it hatched it was 45 grams. On the day it died it was 50 grams. It just never grew...
  5. Loopeend

    Loopeend Songster

    Jun 12, 2018
    The Netherlands
    Give her/him food/water personally 2-3 times daily the next couple of days. She might not be able to compete with older stronger ones. Often our runts turned out to be taller/stronger them some bigger/fatter ones in the end. By just helping them a bit the first few days. Put them on your lap/breast, make a watery mash with some extra protein (egg-yolk/mealworms) grind it really fine, and gently push it a bit into their beaks (with your washed finger) when they are comfortable with sitting with you. They might be a bit unwillengly at first, but once they get a taste of what you are feeding them, they eat more of it, and get some food in their belly, they quickly gain some strenght and are aible to compete with the others. And can florish in strong ducks.

    Good luck.
  6. EdgewaterDucks

    EdgewaterDucks Chirping

    Jan 28, 2019
    Illinois, USA
    Bedankt, Loopeend! I'll give that personal feeding a try.
  7. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Preserving Orpington Bantams

    Oct 26, 2015
    My Coop
    Make a slurry with her feed and water and hand feed it to her. Best of luck. :)
  8. Anime2lover

    Anime2lover Songster

    Apr 17, 2019
    Just recently I had a duckling come out just a day later then yours, she was absolutely adorable and tiny. She did have trouble walking at first, but mine did manage to learn however, she did develope a heart and breathing issue (sadly) so just listen for signs of difficulty breathing like clicking, and feel for any pronounced thumping. Mine developed it in not even two days of life. Unfortunately for mine it didnt go well. Best of luck to yours though.
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  9. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming

    It looks to me like you have two different breeds of ducks. I wonder if the little one is a Call duck.
  10. EdgewaterDucks

    EdgewaterDucks Chirping

    Jan 28, 2019
    Illinois, USA
    Nope. Took the 4 eggs off the ground that were laid by my current flock of all Welshies. Though you're right. The fact that the little one looks like a different breed adds to my worry!

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