First time with ducklings HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Littleducky, May 23, 2008.

  1. Littleducky

    Littleducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
    I have 8 ducklings that hatched between yesterday and today. They don't seem interested in there water or food at all. I dunk there bills, they might take a small drink, a little lick at food and then back to the lamp they run. Will they eat or am I just not doing something right? Please help!!!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They're still living off their yolk sac.....I wouldn't get concerned about it the first 2 or 3 days.
     
  3. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    This is just speculation, but is the food and water a long way from the heat lamp and is it somewhat chilly outside of the lamp? They may be more interested in keeping warm. If that's the case, I'd re-locate the food and water closer to the lamp.
     
  4. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy Out Of The Brooder

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    Ducks as well as chicks do not require food for 2-3 days, that's how the hatchery can ship them by mail, they draw in the yolk prior to hatching and can be just fine for a few days. Just make sure you have a never ending supply of food and water and when they are ready they will eat. Good luck and enjoy them![​IMG]
     
  5. Littleducky

    Littleducky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for all of the help. I wont start to worry yet. I did move there food and water closer to the heat. I think that they like that better.
     

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