' Scovie Duckling!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Fresh Eggs, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,


    Yesterday I saw a newly hatched Scovie trying to follow a mother mallard and her two week old ducklings in the creek. The mom was grabbing the poor baby in her beak and shaking him. So, I scooped him up and now he is happily , sleeping, pooping, looking at himself in the mirror, and listening to the radio to calm him down. I just hate when people hatch and or buy ducks and chicks for easter and let them go in the creek just because they see another mother duck and her babies! He is eating medicated chick starter, and he has a heat lamp, so what can I do for him so he does not imprint on me?? We are gonna keep him tho, he is so sweet! When he gets older, do you think I can put him in the chicken run with the girls and LaRoo??


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    Last edited: Apr 10, 2009
  2. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never feed a duckling medicated chick starter!!! They eat much more than chicks and can overdose on the medication in the feed!!!!
     
  3. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kk!
     
  4. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He will need another duckling to help him model behavior, he will get lonely!
    They can help each other out!
    I love my Scovies!
    I has my duck and chickens together for awhile. We have separate pens for now, but at some point all our animals will graze in the same pasture!
     
  5. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, the prob is, I cant find any ducklings for sale!
     
  6. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 ducks right now and got them in pairs 1st pair was a Pekin and a Crested raised together then 2 brother mallards then mother and daughter mallard...


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  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
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    Pekin should have yellow bills and feet, can't say what your white ducks are but not Pekin.
     
  8. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cute! I am having trouble finding a duckling [ s ] for him or her. I do not know what to do! Can I have any tips to keep it happy until a freind is found??


    Thx,

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  9. MDC

    MDC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducklings can eat medicated feeds. Long-time breeders do it all the time. It is rare that something would happen to a bird. It *might* reduce the amount of Niacin that is available to the bird but if the bird is being fed a quality diet then this isn't an issue, it will be able to get enough through the total diet.

    Where do you live? If you're wanting to raise this duckling it would definitely be best to have a companion but it's not an absolute necessity. The problem you'll have with a bird that is too imprinted is if you have a drake on your hands as soon as he reaches sexual maturity he's going to see you as his mate or as a contender for head honcho and he'll treat you accordingly. Not a problem unless you're timid & afraid to deal with his behavior appropriately. Some people just don't have it in 'em to show the duck who's boss when it comes down to it.

    If it's a duck and not a drake, you will just have a very good pet duck on your hands...

    Hope this helps...

    Cathy
     
  10. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
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    Ducklings can eat medicated feeds. Long-time breeders do it all the time. It is rare that something would happen to a bird. It *might* reduce the amount of Niacin that is available to the bird but if the bird is being fed a quality diet then this isn't an issue, it will be able to get enough through the total diet.

    Where do you live? If you're wanting to raise this duckling it would definitely be best to have a companion but it's not an absolute necessity. The problem you'll have with a bird that is too imprinted is if you have a drake on your hands as soon as he reaches sexual maturity he's going to see you as his mate or as a contender for head honcho and he'll treat you accordingly. Not a problem unless you're timid & afraid to deal with his behavior appropriately. Some people just don't have it in 'em to show the duck who's boss when it comes down to it.

    If it's a duck and not a drake, you will just have a very good pet duck on your hands...

    Hope this helps...

    Cathy

    And if she hunches down and wiggles her tail it means she wants to mate.​
     

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