Seeking Advice!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Stetsy'sMom, May 23, 2017.

  1. Stetsy'sMom

    Stetsy'sMom New Egg

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    I hatched 4 mandarin ducklings, but it has been 24 hours and none will eat or drink. One seems lethargic (just hatched yesterday evening) but the others don't. A really weird thing is they won't walk. They scoot around. I'm trying to get into a vet, but any advice until then would be appreciated. I have dipped their bills in electrolyte water and served them wet, smashed chick starter (non-medicated). No success.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the temperature of your brooder?
     
  3. Stetsy'sMom

    Stetsy'sMom New Egg

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    I'm using the Brinsea EcoGlow and the temp is registering ~90 degrees.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I never force Ducklings to eat or drink...I make a soupy wet mash and I will peep and quick to them as I use my fingers to tap on the food dish....24 hours isn't that long to go without eating..They are still absorbing the yolk......
     
  5. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducklings don't eat for the first twenty-four hours after they hatch, since they're still absorbing nutrients from the yolk inside the egg they hatched from.
    Very weak ducklings may need a little extra yolk nutrition before they're ready for starter crumbs. Feed them a bit of mashed duck egg yolk until they become more interested in the starter crumbs.
     

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