New Member / New Duck Dad

Rik3r

In the Brooder
Jul 17, 2021
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Hello all I am glad to be apart of this community. So before I start I need everyone to know this is my first Duck/waterfowl EVER, im a dog person normally, yesterday on 07/16/21, A friend of mine called and informed me of a duckling that hatched late and that was abandoned by the mother due to the late hatch (wild duck nested at his house) I agreed to care for the little baby ducky, as I couldn't let the poor baby be left alone.

so far he seems to be sleeping a lot and chirping when awake. I bought him chick starter/grower from tractor supply on 07/16/21 but today 07/17/21 I ordered "Manna Pro Duck Starter Grower Crumble|Non-Medicated" since it is for ducks specifically arriving on 07/18, I don't want to risk a niacin deficiency. He has fresh water and have included a little bit of celery and roman lettuce, its only a little bit in his water so it stays wet and easier for him or her to eat it...

He is a solo duckling which has me worried I have a stuffed duckling toy arriving tomorrow for it to be with and a mirror in its "brooder" i dont have my own place and will most likely need to rehab the duck, iv scheduled a vet appointment for the duckling with a avian specialist here in Dallas, Tx just to make sure its healthy and doing well. that will be on 07/26.

Please let me know what you think of how I'm doing so far, I got emotional thinking of having to let this little ducky go to another home when the time comes, but it will be best for it. ill add pics :)
 

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Rik3r

In the Brooder
Jul 17, 2021
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Hello, and welcome to BYC. Are you providing supplemental heat?
yes i have a 100W heating lamp focued in one corner and a heating pad under the towel folded in half so if it gets hot it can go somewhere cooler, its around 91 degrees in one half where the lamp is focused of the brooder and 82-84 in the other half
 
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Hello and welcome to BYC!

Aww...what a little sweetheart he is! :love

100 watt may not be enough heat. Do you have a thermometer in the brooder with him?

Definitely stop by our Ducks forums for more help with the little guy...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/ducks.42/

Make yourself at home here and welcome to our community!
 

Rik3r

In the Brooder
Jul 17, 2021
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63
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Hello and welcome to BYC!

Aww...what a little sweetheart he is! :love

100 watt may not be enough heat. Do you have a thermometer in the brooder with him?

Definitely stop by our Ducks forums for more help with the little guy...
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/ducks.42/

Make yourself at home here and welcome to our community!
i do but its at the end away from the lamp it reads at 82-84 on the non heated lamp side i used a regular everyday thermometer on the heated side and it was at 91 degrees F
 

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