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is my duck a runt ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nancylee, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. nancylee

    nancylee Out Of The Brooder

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    Ducks all born within a week. the one up front is so small and still does not have feathers on wings. eats well, does not act sick, just not growing compare to the other 10. These were given to me he said they were born all within a few days. I am not even sure the breed. He had about 150 ducks. My first time with ducks, and I am loving them so much. So do I have a runt, should I be worried. O r would he maybe a different smaller breed? Thanks
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Looks like you have Muscovies. Gorgeous!

    Sometimes, we see a duckling that doesn't grow very quickly, or much at all. Just to give him the best chance you can, I would add poultry vitamins with electrolytes and probiotics to their water once or twice a week till he is grown - at least fully feathered.

    You can possibly try giving him some extra treats, perhaps a little nibble of cat kibble, since that has some protein in it.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    and having 150 ducks makes me wonder if he knew for sure when they all hatched, hopefully your lil one is just younger. They sure are pretty Scovy's
     
  4. nancylee

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    They were all the same size when I got them the white one in middle hatched when I was there so that one is the youngest. Have to give him vitamins and extra love. Wish I knew which are boys and which are girls been trying to figure it out its confusing [​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Could be something genetic going on then. Keep giving vitamins and lots of fresh food and good yummy treats and hopefully it will catch up. look at bottom pic in this link same age ducks brother and sister. see difference in size of legs and overall body? that's what you look for when sexing https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...all-females-possibly-2-males/10#post_11937016 oh and forgot yes extra love very important.
     
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