Need help, I know nothing about ducklings

Scorpy89

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Jul 17, 2018
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I accidentally hatched a duck egg. I have no idea what to do. Just that I can not put it in the brooder with my chicks. Before you ask how I “accidentally” hatched a duck. My cousin was giving my family duck eggs because her ducks are laying everyday. And I wasn’t made aware of that until just two weeks ago, not knowing we were getting them much earlier than that. Most times when I tend my flock and get the eggs I place the eggs on the counter on a towel and at that time I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to incubate eggs. Last week when the chicks hatched, there was one left and I thought “Oh, must have died, poor thing.” I picked it up and candled it and it moved. So I was like. “Okay, late starter, back you go.” Well, it was a duckling. Imagine my shock.
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Scorpy89

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Jul 17, 2018
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Lanett, AL
@hillbilly91 1. The way that ducks drink their water, sometimes they backwash to clean their nostrils.
2. they can’t have medicated starter crumble.
@chickens really
I have a heating pad covered with an old pillow case. And I’m looking for another duckling, I just might not be able to get one until tomorrow. It hatched pretty late yesterday and most of the places where I can go to get them either aren’t open on Sunday or close by noon. I ended up sleeping late today because I was scrambling to make a brooder and a place for it last night.
 

chickens really

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@hillbilly91 1. The way that ducks drink their water, sometimes they backwash to clean their nostrils.
2. they can’t have medicated starter crumble.
@chickens really
I have a heating pad covered with an old pillow case. And I’m looking for another duckling, I just might not be able to get one until tomorrow. It hatched pretty late yesterday and most of the places where I can go to get them either aren’t open on Sunday or close by noon. I ended up sleeping late today because I was scrambling to make a brooder and a place for it last night.
A heating pad is no good because they can become too hot. It needs to be heat over head that they can escape from if needed.
 

Callender Girl

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I've never kept chicks and ducklings together, but the local farm store did this spring.

I don't use medicated starter. I feed my chicks and ducklings the same food but I supplemented with frozen peas for my ducklings because they need more niacin. I've also bought niacin, but peas are cheaper and have worked okay for me.

I wouldn't use a heating pad. My ducklings hung out under a heat lamp, just like the chicks. I'm sure a second duckling would be a good addition. Good luck.
 

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