New duckie mom

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by darkwing96, May 24, 2016.

  1. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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    So, I recently obtained two mallard ducklings (they were sexed female). They do things all the time that scare me. I just wanted to know if they are healthy. I have no idea how old they are.
    Both ducks feel really hot on their feet and underneath their breaks all the time. I don't know what's considered a fever in ducks, but occasionally one will be significantly hotter than the other.
    They poop a lot! ! I can't tell how many bms is normal because sometimes they poop every five minutes and other times they'll go about 20 without pooping. And it's always different colors and consistency. It will smell terrible and be dark and liquidy, and then it will be light brown and solid, and then it will be brown and white. No clue.
    They sometimes make little clicking sounds when they chirp or breath. It sounds like tapping underneath the sound of the chirps.
    One duckling is slightly smaller than the other and it seems like she gets bullied (the other will be pushy about cuddling or nudge her away from food/water).
    They do the duck equivalent of screaming when my SO or I walk away (you can hear the frantic peeps from the outside of my house).
    I am not sure what temp to keep their space because they cuddle all the time, I heard they only do that when they're cold but it's always so hot in there).
    They get dotted flakes of skin around their legs and feet some times.
    Any advice would be much appreciated as I have come to the conclusion that I don't know what I'm doing. Thank you!
     
  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duck poop is as varied as things come. The white stuff I was told to equate to pee. Poop well it'll be dark brown, tan, green.. Basically is it likely to be found on your standard camouflage print? Well then it's in the spectrum of duck poop.

    There are some bad poops (bloody obviously) but I've never looked at a ducks poop and thought it was abnormal enough to do research on duck poop.

    Do you have a thermometer you can put in your brooder? They need 90°F for week 1, 85° week 2 etc.
     
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  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    If you have a pic and post it, we might be able to give a close guess to age...

    Ducklings live to scare the beejeezus out of us, I think that is in their handbook, lol...

    Body temps are higher than ours, thats why they feel so much warmer to the touch... bills and webs have lots of veins close to the surface as well... unless they are lethargic or listless, no need to worry there...

    Ducks poop a LOT... they need constant access to water and drink lots and play lots in it so their poop tends to be more excess than chickens and runs a bigger spectrum... and it will change color depending on what they eat... unless it is bloody, foamy or bright yellow not too much to worry about there either...

    Ducks imprint on people quite easily, and thats why they cry so much when you leave... once they get used to a routine of you going and coming back they should settle down...

    Check brooder temp with a thermometer...

    Flakes of skin on their legs and webs is quite normal... they were in an egg in liquid for a long time... dry air is different... plus as they grow the skin stretches and grows so old will flake off as the new skin comes in...

    Also, what are you feeding them? Ducklings have a niacin deficiency so if it is chick starter they will need brewers yeast (NOT baking yeast) mixed into their food for the first 10 weeks of life...

    I highly recommend getting a copy of Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks and also reading the sticky threads here in the duck forum... :)
     
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  4. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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  5. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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    I'm sorry, I've been having issues uploading pictures. We got them on the 12th, but this picture was taken yesterday. And I don't have a thermometer yet :/
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  6. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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    They are eating a mix of half medicated and half unmedicated chick starter and occasionally some dandelions they find in the yard.
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    They're adorable!!!

    And I would say they are right between 2 and 3 weeks old... don't see the little hedgehog phase starting yet, lol...

    Don't give the medicated chick starter, they have no need of that... if you can't get brewers yeast, switch them over to Purina Flock Rasiser... the niacin deficiency can cause severe leg issues when older if their feed isn't changed...
     
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  8. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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    What does the yellow or foamy mean?
     
  9. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Is that happening with them? Are they acting listless or not eating or drinking enough?
     
  10. darkwing96

    darkwing96 Just Hatched

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    It looks kind of yellowish orange, and smells terrible. It seems to be a majority of what they poop out. It looks like they eat and drink enough, they have access to both 24 hours a day except for bath time. This was their kennel (and them) just a second ago. They just got their bath and I sanitized the kennel.[​IMG]
     

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