one imprinting duck dying!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckduckchickenrun, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. duckduckchickenrun

    duckduckchickenrun In the Brooder

    12
    9
    21
    Dec 6, 2017
    hey,
    so i got two ducklings from a market, i have no idea what breed they are but im sure they have imprinted on each other as when ever i remove one from the other they start screaming, now im scared that one of the ducklings might pass away... so what do i do to keep the other duckling happy or from getting lonely? btw there are no more ducklings you can get from my market as the season is off so the option to get my duckling another companion is limited..
     
    Brahma Chicken5000 likes this.

  2. Bridger Davis

    Bridger Davis Songster

    473
    788
    166
    Jul 25, 2017
    Evans Colorado
    Why would one of the ducks die? Does one appear to be ill? If one does die, you will have to try very hard to find it a duck companion.
     
  3. Bridger Davis

    Bridger Davis Songster

    473
    788
    166
    Jul 25, 2017
    Evans Colorado
    Also, I forgot to mention...:welcome
     
  4. puffypoo22

    puffypoo22 Crowing

    1,281
    2,260
    402
    Oct 3, 2015
    Massachussetts
    Is it showing any signs of illness or just being sad and lonely crying?
     
  5. duckduckchickenrun

    duckduckchickenrun In the Brooder

    12
    9
    21
    Dec 6, 2017
    its not showing any signs, both my ducklings are almost a month old so they dont like to be confined to a bucket they like to roam around the house and the yard, but im scared that if i keep letting them out one might die due to the cold as im sure its taking a toll on them...
     
    Bridger Davis likes this.

  6. puffypoo22

    puffypoo22 Crowing

    1,281
    2,260
    402
    Oct 3, 2015
    Massachussetts
    They should be okay in the cold for short periods of time, if you could you could allow the babies to go back in when they want. You really only need to worry about frostbite, so if the toes/feet start looking black. This only happens if they get super cold.
     
  7. duckduckchickenrun

    duckduckchickenrun In the Brooder

    12
    9
    21
    Dec 6, 2017
    ☺️☺️☺️☺️
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    At almost 1 month old they may not be completely feathered in. They should not be out in temps lower than 70* if you use the standard measurements for keeping ducklings. 85 first week 5 degrees lower each week after that. You keep them in a bucket? can you find a large plastic tote to keep them in? They need to be able to eat drink and move around in their brooder.
     
    Raenh, Duckworth, casportpony and 3 others like this.
  9. duckduckchickenrun

    duckduckchickenrun In the Brooder

    12
    9
    21
    Dec 6, 2017
    its actually a really big bucket they do eat and drink everything is provided for them.. when should i be able to take them out then? the temp here is 23 degrees
     

  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I'd give them till at least 6 weeks of age and fully feathered before they spend any time outside. Especially at those temps. On nice warm days when wind isn't blowing hard take them outside in the sunshine for a while but if you see them huddle together or lay down a lot they are cold and will need to go inside. Will they be living in their own house over winter or be inside? You will need to acclimate them to the temps outside by taking them out on nice days before you put them outside for good.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by