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My Ducky Died and I Don't Know Why???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by koakritters, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Songster

    Jan 27, 2011
    I came home today to find one of my 6-ish week old ducks dead in their water bucket. [​IMG] I had just gotten them from TSC last week for fun, they were supposed to be going up to my friend's ranch next week...

    There was only about 4 inches of water in the bucket, so the duck should have been able to get out easily enough... IDK why it was even in there it's just a bucket for drinking, but ducks will be ducks...

    Do you think it's possible that he somehow got stuck in there and got hypothermia?? it's been about 55 out during the day but they've been fine in it so far...

    Any ideas? Now i'm worried about them going to live on the ranch soon, maybe they are not ready? My old duck i've had for 7 years was outside by the time he was this old and it was colder...

  2. Fluffballs

    Fluffballs Songster

    Apr 3, 2012
    With my chickies!
    I'm so sorry![​IMG]
  3. Amy S

    Amy S Chirping

    I'm not entirely sure that a six week old would have sufficient feathers and oils to fend off the colder temp & water working together. It's quite possible that the duckling could not get back out and suffered hypo.

    Sorry to hear of this...
  4. cskotek

    cskotek Songster

    I share your pain. The one i was having issues with someone filled the water dish and well i went to check on him and i couldnt find him, and so my dads dealing with him right now.. [​IMG]
    Im really sorry for your loss.
  5. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    I just lost a 6 week old duck yesterday after he drowned in the pool. :( My favorite too.
  6. cskotek

    cskotek Songster

    That was the first duck that after it passed i seen its body, so yeah.... i got pretty emotional. [​IMG]
  7. Wulfandwyn

    Wulfandwyn Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    sorry for your loss [​IMG]. I had a two week old duckling die over the weekend [​IMG] it had gotten into the kiddie pool that just had a few inches of rain water in it and the duckling either drowned or got hypothermia [​IMG]

  8. Mum

    Mum Songster

    Dec 23, 2011
    I am so sorry about your duckling [​IMG]
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I'm so sorry for all ya'll that have lost ducklings. Thank goodness I haven't lost a duckling yet but did lose my first chick to drowning a couple weeks ago. Broke my heart. [​IMG]
  10. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    Mar 20, 2008
    Yep Sorry they lost them as well Miss Lydia. Many a duckling has gotten into water and cant get out till its to late. If you absolutely want them duckies to live dont let them be able to swim onless your around or at least until they have feathers all over . They will get into even the smallest bowl of water. Also since its duckling time dont give them cold water to drink as this will sometimes kill them. At least let it be at room temp. This is something not mentioned very much. And I feel this is where alot of the mystery duckling deaths come from. I will also start a thread about this.

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