Ok wth is going on with this duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Going Quackers, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    She is a 6-7wk old muscovy... yesterday she was laid out her back.. appeared like she couldn't get up.. anyways we flipped her back over.. all is well.. she acts totally normal otherwise. Now i always check on the ducks throughout the day, i go to check and again she's flat out(this is today).. is there a problem or does she just like to do this and we happen upon it before she moves back.

    Kinda freakin' me out a bit [​IMG]
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Before their wings are full grown, ducks can't get enough leverage to flip themselves back over when they get caught over on their backs.

    So yes, you need to just check them every now and again and make sure they haven't gotten tipped over.

    The only time it's happened to mine is when one tripped and fell while getting out of the water. he landed on his back and couldn't get up.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    My muscovy duckling has done this a few times, it is really freaky, I had to turn him over both times. Don't remember any of my other ducklings doing this, unless mama helped them because they were with their mamas.
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Mine have done it a couple of times too. They eventually got up but it took a minute.
  5. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    Scared me the first time I saw my little call on his back. Freaked me out the second time. The third time I thought for sure he was going to die. But.....he is thriving and doing great now at 6 weeks-ish.
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Ok thanks all, you have relieved my fears LOL none of my other flock(the almost 4mth'ers) ever did this.. so it left me as i said a bit freaked. I do several checks a day on both the younger pair and the older flock, so i'll just probably do a couple extra checks on the 'peanuts'(6-7wk olds) as we call them .. [​IMG]

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