need help with ducks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Glenmar, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hatching ducks right now for a friend.
    She did not bring me any food. All I have is
    Medicated chick starter. I have some layer pellets.

    I also have corn meal. Can I mix chick starter with corn meal.
    They would only have to eat this for I day until the stores open up
    tomorrow.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hang in there. I've asked a friend that's a duck expert to come take a look at your thread.
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Some people will disagree with me here, but I won't feed my ducklings chick start due to the medication that's in it.
    Many people have done it successfully, I won't. I also wouldn't feed them corn meal...that's just me.
    Have they actually hatched yet?
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thanks for taking the time to come post Sheila. I know you're having a busy day. [​IMG]
     
  5. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Quote:When there are ducklings involved, that's a priority! [​IMG] A duckling in need is important!
     
  6. LisaAnnW

    LisaAnnW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been told by several sources never to feed medicated chick starter to ducklings. I don't think ducklings really need to eat for the first 24 hours or so, but do offer water in a supervised setting (making sure they don't get wet or chilled). In a pinch, ducklings love a mixture of cooked peas and corn. Good luck with your babies!
     
  7. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your quick replys on a holiday.
    There are 3 hatched now. The first one was at 9:30pm last night.
    I will try to give them something til tomorrow am.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
     
  8. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I only have chicks, I'm kind of guessing, but do the ducklings need food the first day or two? If they are shipped as day olds from a hatchery, they wouldn't have food. Maybe that would give you time until the stores open tomorrow or your friend picks them up.
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You could feed them some smashed egg mixed with some kind of leafy greens. I put a good amount of water in it, my geese loved it! I've also been told its alright to give waterfowl medicated chick starter as long as it contains amprollium (sp?), I gave my geese medicated chick starter for a couple of days when I ran out and the store was closed, they were just fine. Good luck!
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    As previously stated you should never feed Medicated Feed to Ducks. I agree with the smashed eggs and greens. This should be able to hold you over till you can get some proper food.
     

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