Lethargic ducklings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SplinteredSun, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. SplinteredSun

    SplinteredSun New Egg

    Mar 4, 2017
    We raise chickens but are new to ducks. Received 7 ducklings (2 magpies, 2 Cayuga and 3 khaki Campbells) from Ideal on Thursday morning. They came with 6 male chicks for warmth, and all of the birds were active when. Moved from box to brooder. Started them with Gro-gel and fresh water, removing Gro-gel and adding non-medicated chick starter. Friday, one magpie was lethargic. I hand fed her poultry electrolyte solution every 2-3 hours around the clock, sometimes adding softened feed to it. She perked up for a bit then slowed back down, and by dinnertime that day wouldn't drink. She died a few hours later. Now one of the Cayuga babies is acting lethargic as well. I switched out the plain water in the waterer for electrolyte solution for the night. Hoping we are not headed for the babies dying off one by one. Is there anything else I can do to help them? The rest all look great, brooder is clean and temp is correct.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2017
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Splinteredsun, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Looks like you've already posted in the Ducks Forum already so I'll leave it to their expertise. Hope your duckling gets better soon! [​IMG]
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - hope the duck experts can help you out.

    Best wishes
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] hope the duck folks can help you out.
  5. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'm so sorry you lost a duckling, that's always sad. Hopefully, the good members on the duck forum can help you get the rest of your flock up and going strong again.

    Best of luck to you!
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under SplinteredSun [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and hope that the folks on the Duck Forum were able to assist.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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