Newborn Duckling help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LittleLakesFarm, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. LittleLakesFarm

    LittleLakesFarm Songster

    Jun 15, 2013
    I have had a Runner duckling hatch about 2 hours ago. Unfortunately he is the only one that made it out of the 6 that I incubated. He is behaving as if he is hungry by nibbling at the towels I have in the incubator. I do not have any starter feed so would it be okay to give him some cooked oats, bananas and peas all mushed up together for now? Also, how long before I should move him to the brooder? He is in the incubator at the moment at around 95 degrees. His feathers are drying nicely. I have the brooder ready at about 85 degrees. Please let me know. Thank you!
  2. DucksnDaffodils

    DucksnDaffodils Songster

    Feb 18, 2013
    I am not sure about the feed. Though I know that they don't need food for the next 24 hours. But as to removing to the brooder, I always took them out once they had almost fluffed up all the way. So you probably would be safe to do it now. Have fun with your baby!!!
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    While the duckling finishes dry run get some duck start or chick starter non medicated. they usually don't eat for 24 hrs though. be sure to give fresh water when you start feeding and don't feed anything other than starter unless you give grit, that's how they chew their food in their crops feeding starter they don't need grit. if they don't have grit they can get food impacted. Sorry the other eggs didn't hatch. also give the lil one a stuffed animal once you move it to the brooder so it will have something to cuddle.
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