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Hello my name is Amanda I'm new to a if this we have two baby per

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommysducks4, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. mommysducks4

    mommysducks4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any one who has been through the early stages that wouldn't mind switching emails to help a little as I go through this I'm a protective mom who spoils her pets these are our pets, house ducks
     
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    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What exactly is the problem?
    You don't really say in your description

    BCP
     
  3. mommysducks4

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    I just wanted to know what is safe for them snack wise besides feed and what type of vitamins I should buy,and how often can I put them in the tub till it gets warmer they love It!
     
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    We have two pekins that are a month old and two khaki that are two and a half weeks old
     
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    I just would like to know what else I can give them besides feed for snacks and my animals are spoiled and how long is it okay for them to be out with us vs under the lamp and one more thing is how often can I let them swim in the tub upstairs until it gets warmer outside it was also suggested that I get them powder Vitamins because there's not enough niacin in their food food what kind would you suggest that I can find at Tractor Supply
     
  6. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Amanda welcome to backyard chickens!

    anyways, I love that you chose to care for ducklings! The major challenge of keeping any type of baby poultry is making them STAY alive. Some examples are common illnesses, such as pasty butt, everyday check your chickie babies bottom to see if their vent is clear and no dried up poo pieces are covering it; and to clean it, I use ear swabs with cotton and put warm water on it, guaranteed the chicks wont like it! but you have to do it in order to save their lives. Another example is the wobbly feet problem, the first week of the chicks lives use a paper towel as their bedding, the wobbly feet problem occurs when the baby chicks legs seem to be squatting and they are unable to walk as much; so again to prevent it just use paper towel for the first few days and then use pine shavings as their bedding or newspaper etc. later on. Another hard challenge with all baby chicks is the resist of holding them. If you hold your chicks way to early them might feel scared. so after three days or so when your ducklings get comfortable in your home offer them treats, I offer my chicks bread they love it! After three days of doing this hold them inside the brooder don't take them out just yet; It took me two weeks to hold my chicks comfortably. If they feel frightened try to make them feel comfortable if they still don't calm down go back to step two offering treats every other day. You have ducklings their much more open then baby chickens so it was a good choice you chose them. Hope this helps

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  8. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Amanda!
    Duck treats:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/242460/the-ultimate-list-of-duck-treats-and-supplements

    They don't need any supplemental vitamins unless there isn't enough in their feed.
    You can put them in the tub as often as you like, just make sure they don't get too cold when they come out.
    I have two and three week old ducklings and they only need a heat lamp when they have just come out of the tub. I sit with mine on my lap all the time; as long as yours are in a warm room, it shouldn't be a problem to have them out from under the heat lamp for a little while.

    I don't know what your tractor supply carries, but I give mine brewers yeast for niacin. You can by niacin in other forms, though.


    I spoil all my pets, too! [​IMG] You can PM me if you want and I'll answer any questions you have as best as I can!
     
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    Thank you they are getting big so fast we have feathers coming in now
     
  10. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow how old are they now? My older ducklings have just started, and they are three weeks old.
     

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