My ducks having babies! Help!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by allyyy, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. allyyy

    allyyy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 females and 2 males. One of my females has been sitting on her eggs. So far 5 have hatched. 1 died and the other 4 seem pretty active. The mom doesn't let us get too close though. What do I do!? Do I take them and put them under heat? Like I did their mom when I got her as a baby or do I just let the mom care for them?? I really need to know what to do. I've never done this before I got my others from a farm and ranch store so I'm not sure what to do with these little babies! So so cute and tiny!! :)
     
  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just let mom take care of them, but I do make sure the other adults can't get at them.
     
  3. allyyy

    allyyy Out Of The Brooder

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    Will the other ducks mess with them? Should I put food out for them specifically?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They might so better not to risk it. and duck starter or chick crumble or an all flock all in crumble for ducklings and mama.
     
  5. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good advice from the others. [​IMG] and best of luck with your flock expansion!
     
  6. BlackberryAcres

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    Especially since you have two boys, I'd keep them separate until the babies are fully grown. We've had drakes injure ducklings that weren't strong enough to support their weight plus the weight of the drake when the drake mounted them. Our last hatch and their mamas escaped their separation pen when they were about 7 weeks old. I wasn't comfortable with that because they were still kinda small, but I guess we had enough other hens this time that the drakes left them alone. But with only one other hen, I imagine your boys will be looking for some action. . .

    Have fun! Watching mamas raise their babies is such a treat!
     
  7. allyyy

    allyyy Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok good to know! 2 more have hatched! :) we're excited!!
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Don't forget to post pics , we thrive on them. [​IMG]
     
  9. allyyy

    allyyy Out Of The Brooder

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    Baby ducks!
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Adorable [​IMG] How many total? Congratulation!!!
     

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