New Duckling is not moving

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lisajoe1234, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. lisajoe1234

    lisajoe1234 New Egg

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    Hello
    I found a duckling and a duck egg in an abandon nest outside my apartment. I brought them inside after a neighbor stated there were others but had be taken by a hawk. The egg hatched but the duckling is not moving much. I can see it is breathing and if I touch it, it will respond. From what I have been reading this is not normal behavior for a duckling. I created a brooder and give them heat and water. What should I be doing for the newly hatched duck that is not moving?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @lisajoe1234 do you know breed of duck? and how long ago did the duckling hatch? it takes them a while to get over hatching that is hard work. If you feel your not up to the task of raising and caring for them and they are wild Maybe look for a wild life rehabbers in your area. they know how to care for them then release them back to the wild. They will also need chick starter feed along with water and warmth. Maybe some poultry vitamins like save a chick to perk them up.

    Here is info on caring for ducklings https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
     
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  3. lisajoe1234

    lisajoe1234 New Egg

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    The breed of duck looks like the duck on your avatar. It hatched on Saturday night around 6pm. I am willing to keep them until they are strong enough to go back to the pond with the other ducks. I plan on getting the duck feed today. The feed store was closed on Sunday.
     

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