Duckling dying, what to do......?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mominoz, May 15, 2009.

  1. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    882
    24
    171
    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    [​IMG] One of my Penciled Runners (darn!)from Holderread I got yesterday. I realised yesterday, one was not moving around much and seemed to be "lighter" ... I was hoping it just need to 'recover' from the trip--Oregon to Georgia , Tue afternoon to Thursday a.m. was a long trip!
    It is just lying, sitting, still light , lethargic, I it by the waterer and put beak in, , hardly could put head up, didn't seem to drink.
    I figure it 's just a matter of time , so am trying to decide the kindest thing to do.(and I am REALLY squeamish and can hardly stomach much that hurts my animals or people....
    Should I just leave him in the brooder till he expires?(it's very large) in a comfortable corner near the light? which is where he is now. Or put him in a separate box-with or without a light? Or have someone else dispatch him humanely? Which is worst, yikes. Dying slow near his own kind? Or quick, but not by me:/
    Any ideas?
    Honestly, I just don't want the memory of 'doing him in', though I can think of ways.
    As you can tell, I won't be eating my ducks or geese......
     
  2. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    ky
    I wouldn't put him downyet....sometimesthey are weak from shipping...put him in a box by himself with a little stuffed animal and try giving him some electrolytes or suger water.....sometimes they will eat a boiled egg yolk.
     
  3. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    882
    24
    171
    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    Thanks--just went to do that-- it had already died. [​IMG] I guess that is why it is nice they sent 2 extra....
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    13,752
    58
    333
    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Actually It is not uncommon to lose one. I am so sorry you lost little one.
     
  5. chills

    chills Out Of The Brooder

    45
    0
    21
    Apr 7, 2009
    oh, so sad to hear .. that part will hurt my heart .. sorry
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by