rescued ducklings HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MissJames, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Coastal SC
    My daughter works in a store near a small retention pond.The staff have been watching the Mallard ducks as a new batch of 14 babies arrived about 6 days ag:hmmn day 3 All adult ducks were gone except one male.He harrassed the ducklings.On day 4 only 6 babies were left.My daughter called and asked me to take them. They were unable to catch them.Last night ,only 3 left and they were caught.I set up a brooder and gave them non medicated chick starter.I haven't seen them eat yet.Should I put it in some water? Is there something else I should feed them?
    Will we be able to release them at some point?
    Chicken Momma
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2009
  2. melodylee

    melodylee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    The only experience with mallards I have is the duckling I have now and he/she (not sure yet) eats chick starter...but I bought mine..I wish I could be more help food in the wwater should help though as far as releasing them they probably wouldn't be properly equiped to live in the wild if you raise them...I hope someone with more experience sees this! Good Luck!
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Here ya go...courtesy of Holderread Waterfowl, all the info for baby ducks. [​IMG]

    A Dozen Suggestions for Starting Your Ducklings and Goslings

    l. Expect your hatchlings to arrive 12-36 hours after shipment. Notify your post office of the expected shipment of day-olds, and ask to be called upon their arrival. It's advisable to pick up your birds at the post office.

    2. Upon the birds' arrival, be sure to keep them warm until they are placed in the brooding area. Open the shipping box only in a warm environment. Check the underside of the box lid for order content information.

    3. As you take the birds from the box and place them in the pre-warmed brooding area, immediately dip each of their bills in the waterer to make sure that they drink promptly. Initially give lukewarm water with 1 tsp. honey or corn syrup per quart and chopped greens (described in #6). Do not give feed for as least an hour after giving birds water and greens. Thereafter, we recommend adding a water-soluble vitamin mix formulated for baby poultry to the water for the first 5 to 7 days. Because waterfowl drink more than twice as much water as chickens, use vitamin mixes at 1/2 the recommended rate for baby chicks. Never use REN-O SAL on ducks and geese.

    4. ONLY use waterers that the birds can drink from easily BUT WHICH THEY CANNOT GET INTO AND GET SOAKED!

    5. Supply the birds with fresh feed that has been formulated specifically for young poultry. In the order of preference, we recommend starting hatchlings on one of these feeds: duck starter or broiler starter (we highly recommend Purina's Flock Raiser ration when a duck/goose starter is unavailable). By themselves, chick starter is low in niacin, and turkey and gamebird starters are excessively high in protein (forcing young waterfowl to grow too fast). However, using a mix of 1 part chick starter and 1 part turkey of gamebird starter normally makes a good ration for baby waterfowl. Use only fresh feed and NEVER give laying rations to young waterfowl. In our experience, so-called "all purpose" or "triple duty" feeds normally are unsatisfactory if used as the sole ration for waterfowl during the first 8 weeks. We highly recommend the additional information on feeding and nutrition covered in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, The Book of Geese and Wing Disorders in Waterfowl.

    6. Green feed (lettuce, spinach, tender young grass, etc.) chopped to 1/4-inch lengths and sprinkled in the water and on the feed helps get goslings as well as ducklings to eat quickly, and off to a fast start.

    7. The correct brooding temperature is 90-92o F the first 3 days and 85-90o F for days 4 to7. Thereafter, drop the brooding temperature approximately 5o F per week. Birds must always be able to get away from the heat source to avoid the damaging effects of overheating.

    8. Allow a minimum of 1/2 square foot of floor space for each duckling the first week, 1 square foot the second week, and 2 square feet to 4 weeks of age. Double these figures for goslings.

    9. Do not start waterfowl on smooth floors (such as newspaper) which can cause spraddled legs. Wire mesh floor is ideal. If bedding is used, cover it with burlap or coarse cloth for the first day to prevent the birds from eating the litter while they learn what feed is.

    10. Make sure the brooding area is draft-free and provides protection from predators, including rats, cats and dogs.

    11. After arriving at their new home, your baby waterfowl need warmth, drinking water, fresh food and rest. Check on them regularly to make sure they are comfortable, but avoid handling them the first several days.

    12. And most of all, enjoy your new charges. Ducklings and goslings are exceptionally hardy and fast growing, and watching their adolescent antics is entertaining. Happy duck and goose raising!
  4. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Coastal SC
    Quote:Thanks! I will sprinkle some chopped greens in the water and on their food.They are drinking great.
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I will sprinkle some chopped greens in the water and on their food.

    They love that. I used my ducks to clean out my freezer [​IMG] I thawed french cut green beans, peas, kale, spaghetti squash or whatever else I still had from last year and put it in their water.​

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