Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kayleewoo, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Kayleewoo

    Kayleewoo In the Brooder

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    So we lost a duckling yesterday. His brother was pipping also. This morning he looked like he was struggling a bit- he was coming out ass first. Very strong, shouting and flapping the wing and foot he’d managed to get free. He popped his head out this morning. There’s still a small fingernail yolk sac attached. He looks a bit knackered (understandably) and is laid at the bottom of the incubator. He’s breathing ok and shouting.

    I’ve got chick crumb ready for when he needs it. Will I need to feed grit along side this from the off? Do I just leave food there for them to help themselves or feed at selected times?
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Wrangler

    They don’t need to eat for at least 24 hrs they are using up that yolk they absorbed. No grit needed until you feed anything other than their crum. Like treats that’s when you offer chick grit an make sure they always have water deep enough to wash out their nares an eyes but they can’t climb into. Congrats too on the hatch, how many? Here’s an example of a waterer you can make at home. Very sorry for your loss, 5288CE57-9FFC-4010-9CBE-81759BB9673B.jpeg what breed?
     
  3. Kayleewoo

    Kayleewoo In the Brooder

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    They’re Indian runners. Only had one hatch so far. The other is scraping the inside of the shell. I have a few more ready next week.
     

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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Wrangler

    Bless it’s heart. One of my special breeds! I have 9 Runners they are so precious. Hoping the rest hatch healthy an be sure to keep us updated!
     
  5. Kayleewoo

    Kayleewoo In the Brooder

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    He’s out. He’s cheeping and kicking his legs. He doesn’t seem to be upright yet. How long do they usually take?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Just keep waiting...
     
  7. Kayleewoo

    Kayleewoo In the Brooder

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    There he is- he’s unattached. He’s licking moisture off the floor of the incubator
     

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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Wrangler

    Needs its rest hatching is hard work. Should be up moving around at least by tomorrow. Then once up and mobile offer water and feed.
     
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  9. Texag87

    Texag87 Crowing

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    :wee
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Wrangler

    How's your little one doing this morning? @Kayleewoo
     
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