Duckling loosing fluff?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rmstuck, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Rmstuck

    Rmstuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I bought 5 pekin ducklings last Friday they are all eating and drinking great but one has very thin feathers compared to the other four and now has a bald spot on its wing and the skin looks pretty red. Sorry I'm new to ducks so any ideas or help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Rmstuck

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    I definitely have them too hot. So im adjusting that. This one duckling doesn't seem to want to stand much either will get up if I reach my hand in but then just runs away then sits back down.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    What feed are you using? If it's chick starter, that doesn't have enough niacin in it for many ducklings, so a supplement is needed, either plain niacin capsules dissolved in water (100 mg per gallon of water) or a sprinkling of brewer's yeast on their food.

    I would get a thermometer. 90F the first week, dropping 5 degrees a week, and they need a space in the brooder away from the heat source.

    They need water 24/7, as well as starter food. They need to be able to wash their heads frequently, and a bath daily in warm water (90F the first week, similar to the brooder temperature) is a good idea. Water just up to the tops of their legs, and only for a few minutes, and make sure they are warm and dry afterward.
     
  4. Rmstuck

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    So I got the heat adjusted and set they get baths everyday since I've had them, I bought the chick saver electrolytes gave them 2 gallons of that so far today is there a limit on how much to give them?. They seem to think its a treat they love it or just really need it?
     
  5. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to Ducks also. I have mine covered in towels for shade and its long enough for them to escape the heat if needed. But didn't know about keeping the baths 90 F also? do you keep a thermometer in the bath water as well?
     
  6. Rmstuck

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    I put a digital thermometer in the water to check it.
     

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