Duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Karoodonkie, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Karoodonkie

    Karoodonkie New Egg

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    Hi i found an unjured duckling of abaout 5 weeks old. What can i give it to eat?
     
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I would give it some unmedicated chick feed.
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you've got a hardware/feed or similar (tractor supply) visit them and pick up a bag of feed. Ideally flock raiser, but there are other brands (flock raiser tends to be my go to.)

    You'll also want to find him/her a buddy. Ducks are flock animals, and need a full time companion.

    If you don't intend to keep ducks at all, look for a local wildlife rehabber.

    ETA: ducklings need more niacin than chicks, so if you feed a chick feed, you'll need to provide supplemental niacin.
     
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  4. Karoodonkie

    Karoodonkie New Egg

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    He's parents and siblings is here in our dam. Someone bit of he's foot. The vet put a cast on. So its terrible so see how he is missing them and they are missing him. But untill the foot is healed he must me be kept still.
     
  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    We just gave our ducklings chick feed with fresh greens and they never had a problem.
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not all ducks have a problem with their legs. and not all ducklings from the same hatch will have the problem, but that doesn't mean ducklings don't need more niacin than chicks.
     
  7. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yes, they need more than chicks and that's why we gave them lots of fresh greens.
     
  8. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greens have some b3, but a better source per pound may be insect or animal proteins.
     
  9. Karoodonkie

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    I looked like a mad woman today uprooying my garden looking for bugs and feeding it to him. He is going to the vet again tomorrow to have the cast redone. After he heals, will he's family take him back?
     
  10. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have an estimate from the vet on how long the rehab will take?
     

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