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Lost another duckling last night

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by featherfooted, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. featherfooted

    featherfooted Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I don't know what is getting them, but that's 3 that I've lost out of 6 of my Snowy Mallard ducklings. It's happening at night when they are locked in the coop. I haven't even found a body so I'm thinking something is eating them. They're with their "Mom"(one of my Black Swedish hen that hatched them). Should I take them away from her and put them in the brooder? They are 2 weeks old.
  2. ChickenChik

    ChickenChik Songster

    Apr 10, 2010
    Kinsey, Alabama
    I would snatch those babies up IMO!! You and those babies have suffered enough!
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Snake, maybe? It would be able to get into the coop and wouldn't leave evidence. Poor babies!!! [​IMG]

    As sad as it will be for the mom, I would take the babies inside and keep them safe. She'll cry over them, but then she would do that after the last one was eaten by the snake (or whatever) too, and the babies would be gone for good.

    I'm sorry that's happening. It must be heart-breaking. [​IMG]
  4. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    A duck mama is not in a "coma" at night like a chicken is. They are literally sitting ducks at night [​IMG] the hen cannot protect them or even squawk.

    Definitely get them in the house, bring the hen too [​IMG] you will lose them all if you don't [​IMG]
  5. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I vote bringing them inside too! Poor babies! [​IMG]
  6. featherfooted

    featherfooted Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I'm moving them to the brooder. I just hate to take them away from their Mom, but i don't want to lose another duckling. I hope that their is at least 1 drake in the 3 as so far I've only gotten hens. My luck they are all hens. This has been a bad day. First, the A/C blower went out and it's 97 today and they can't fix it till tomorrw and then I found I lost a duckling.

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