My new Ducklings won't eat, drink, or play in their little bath. Help?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Joseiscool18, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Joseiscool18

    Joseiscool18 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I bought two ducklings at Tractor supply yesterday, and ever since I put them in their new home, they haven't eaten their food or drunk any of their water. They haven't used their bath either. Is something wrong or are they still adjusting to their new home?
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they're less than 3 days old, they don't need to eat, they're still living if their yolk reserves at that point
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    What kind of feed?....What type of waterer And feeder?.....Are you wetting the feed?...Also Ducklings do better if you peep and quack to them using your fingers to teach them to eat and Drink...A soupy mix is easier for them...

    Best wishes...:)

    Cheers!
     
  4. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats the temp in your brooder? Maybe they are too cold or too hot. By the time they are sold at tractpr supply they are already 3 days old. And ready to eat and drink for sure
     
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  5. Joseiscool18

    Joseiscool18 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told I could use chick feed for a few weeks. I havent wet their feed yet, I'm going to do so after I finish this post lol.

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    Here's the set up I use. I used a section of my shed as a coop for my chicks.
     
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  6. Joseiscool18

    Joseiscool18 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a red heat lamp, not sure the temperature.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens




    Yep....Deeper water...Have dry out at all times and make a soupy meal twice a day....Wet feed spoils quickly..Also they might need niacin in their diet....Use bowls of water and feed instead of Chicken feeders...;)

    Good luck..:)


    Cheers!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    How far is the food from the water? They need water to swallow feed, and the food and water needs to be far enough from the heat lamp that it doesn't get warmed. Just like with chicks, they need a warm zone and a cool zone. And ducklings don't need the brooder to be quite as warm as chicks do.
     
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  9. Joseiscool18

    Joseiscool18 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my overall view of their home. The bow on the bottom left is their wet feed and the bowl in the middle is their bath. It isn't much, but I'm hoping it holds up until I can get something better.
     
  10. Joseiscool18

    Joseiscool18 Out Of The Brooder

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    So get rid of the chicken feeders?
     

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