Mama duck and her duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckies315, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. duckies315

    duckies315 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pekin duck that went broody and hatched one duckling. Ive only raised ducklings inside and im not sure what i need to do for mama duck and her duckling outside. She is in the coop with a heat lamp water and food but what do i do for the duckling? Does mama duck let it out of the nest to eat or does she bring it food? I have full grown duck food in there now. Should i put starter food in for now? [​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Perhaps @Going Quackers or @Miss Lydia or @learycow can answer - I think having some starter crumble with water would make sense. But not water that the little could get into trouble with.
     
  3. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    That's a beautiful picture of the mom and baby. I would get chick starter without medication. The momma can eat that too with the baby. Put it on a tray or something and get a small saucer for the water. Their probably going to fill the saucer with pine so it's a good idea to check on it. I wouldn't let the momma take the baby duck out of the coop with this being winter time. Not for a while anyway. The mom will show the food to the baby.
     
  4. donkeydew2farms

    donkeydew2farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the picture the baby is so cute.
     
  5. duckies315

    duckies315 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I have the lil food and water dishes that i started her mama and dad with so i filled them up for it. I live in SE New Mexico so it gets pretty warm during the day but mama keeps the babe tucked up in the nest when im around so im not sure if the lil one is even running the coop yet. I fed the babe a lil food and water when i set them out there and the mama was fine with that.

    Im so used to having ducklings inside until they get older so this is a new exsprience for me letting mama duck do most of the work
     
  6. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't recken many pekins still had the ability to go broody left. Well done.
     
  7. duckies315

    duckies315 Out Of The Brooder

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    We jus happen to get a blizzard for the first time in 40 years. Im wondering if that had anything to do with it because thats when she suddenly went broody with only two eggs in her nest.

    I was also wondering when she will start laying eggs again? Will she wait until her babe is grown?
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Around the time the duckling is 4 weeks old she should be ready to lay and the duckling will be on it's own. How's it doing? she is keeping it warm enough we have 10* I can't imagine one of my females with a duckling right now. Watch your drake and other ducks around the duckling and like pattyhen said keep mom and baby inside ducklings can't regulate heat when they have nothing but down.

    Congrats!!
     
  9. duckies315

    duckies315 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have them both in the coop. And the drake locked out because he was being mean after the duckling was born. She is being a really good mama she keeps the babe tucked up in the nest under her. Especially when i go poking my head in and she gets her feathers in a ruffle and tries butting my hand away and pecking when i look at the babe. From what i see yesterday the babe is a female so i have 3 female and 1 drake.
     
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  10. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    It sounds like she is being protective of the baby and that is a good thing. Keep us posted how she is doing.
     

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