No medicated food for ducklings, right? & how long in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Cherlyn, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both medicated and non-medicated. I have always heard to not give ducks medicated food. Problem is, I have one duckling and many chicks hatching today, and am planning on putting them in the same brooder (one duckling on his own would be too lonely). So if I cannot give the duckling medicated food, then I need to figure out how to keep him away from the chick food.

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  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    From what I've read here, medicated chick feed is fine. Older chick feed had stuff in it that was toxic to ducks, but I think now it has amprolium which is safe for ducks. Someone else should chime in here soon.
     
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

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    Some medicated is alright, it depends on what it is medicated with. I used to know which one was bad, let me see if I can find the article that I read again.

    Well, I cannot find it but I believe the above post is right because I remember that the amprolium was the good medicated feed. I have never had a problem feeding mine Purina and Dumor chick starter.
     
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  4. Correct--feed them non-medicated chick feed. I have had a lone duckling, so what I've done is pick up healthy looking chick and placed in a brooder with the duckling and fed them both non-medicated. Chicks don't have to have non-medicated, but it does help prevent things like cocci. I know a lone duckling can be very unhappy by himself as they are social creatures! [​IMG]
     
  5. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K, another question. How long can he stay in the incubator? He hatched 3 hours ago, and I have three other pips on my chicken eggs, and six others not pipped yet.

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  6. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
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    I never wait. I take them out as soon as they dry (quickly!) and sometimes re-wet the sponges. I just don't have a problem and think that you have to be pretty slow taking the chick out to lose enough humidity to even worry about. Just my thoughts, I know, everyone says different but I know what I do and know it isn't a problem.
     
  7. mberry222

    mberry222 Out Of The Brooder

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  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Medicated is fine as long as the "medication" in is amprolium/amprol. That's what I've always raised my call ducklings on.
     
  9. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No amprol listed anywhere - what other words should I look for?

    ~Cherlyn
     

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