New To Ducks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SeattleMan62, May 23, 2016.

  1. SeattleMan62

    SeattleMan62 New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Hi there!

    We just purchased three ducklings, a Khaki Campbell, a Blue Swedish, and a Welsh Harlequin, all female, all around a week old. When we first got them home from an hour drive, we gave them water (I held off on the food for about an hour). The ducklings drank like dying men from the desert and afterwards, staggered around and fell, like they were drunk. Any idea what happen? I was a little panicked when they could keep their feet, so my daughter and I held them for about 10 minutes. They seemed better after that time, though a little unsteady and after they ate, seemed just fine. They are thriving and happy in their brooder and we look forward to introducing them to the outdoors in a few weeks.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. yuumari

    yuumari New Egg

    May 20, 2016
    hello! if your ducks are only a day old (if you bought them from a feed store, they're almost definitely under a week old) or a couple days old, they could just be learning how to walk! here's some other possible reasons for why they stumbled about:
    1. temperature of the water couldve been too hot or too cold. cold water makes young ducklings feel funny once its in their tummy! if the water was room temperature, then:
    2. just adjusting to how to walk/stand on the new bedding/new area. if it wasn't new bedding and they could stand on their way home, or:
    3. the movement of the car vs. the still movement in the brooder coulda thrown them off! if not that, then:
    4. they might've needed some more niacin. although, this is more of something that bothers older ducklings, but niacin deficiency can lead to leg problems. sprinkle some brewer's yeast over their food and their legs will grow stronger!
    5. maybe, in all honestly, it couldve just been ducklings being ducklings. they stumble a lot when theyre young!

    hope this was, at least, somewhat helpful!!
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Ducks do love water, to drink and to splash around and make big messes. I don't know much about ducks but that they often need water to swallow food and other dry snacks.

    I think it was smart to withhold food at first. I would imagine they could get bloated up like dogs do.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best

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