Should I call the ASPCA? Help, duckling knowledge would be helpful!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chikadeedoodah, May 3, 2009.

  1. chikadeedoodah

    chikadeedoodah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,
    I just went into our Tractor Supply Shop to pick up some much needed supplies for my 6 ducklings, and 27 chicklets - they are so much fun.
    Much to my dismay I see that they are still having "chick days", but after Easter I guess folks have just lost interest.

    I found a duckling that couldn't walk (splayed legs?) that was about 2 weeks old, a whole horse feeder worth of 2 week yellow ducks that looked like they had lost their feathers (my Roens didn't go bald before getting their feathers, is this what happens to the yellow ones?), and really dirty water for everyone. It was just a mess. I asked at the front what was wrong with their ducks and the cashier looked at me like she had no idea what I was talking about.... I want to do the right thing, but if ducklings are "supposed" to look this way then I don't want to waste ASPCA resources. I know mine SURE don't!

    Let me know, please. I want to do the right thing. If any of you are in Leesburg, VA, that is where this TSC is...
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    (I posted previously about one chick that is getting pecked, and what a huge help everyone is, she is doing WONDERFUL (still in isolation with another chick, but growing beautifully)! GREAT FORUM!
     
  2. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that if you are concerned, you should call Animal Control or the ASPCA and report it. They should come out and investigate, and can determine whether or not the animals are being properly cared for.

    I had a friend who had the same issue with Rural King, and they got in trouble with the local Animal Control. She also called their corporate office and let them know what she thought.

    I think you should report it, because if it raises a red flag in your mind, there's probably a good reason.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I concur - call the local ASPCA or responsible agency. Let them decide if these conditions are appropriate.
     
  4. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A great big hug to you for being concerned enough to want to do something about it. Many just complain about the conditions they see and don't bother getting involved. Absolutely call the ASPCA and let them make sure the duckies are being looked after.
     
  5. CatAteBird

    CatAteBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Well,

    I came into the same situation as you did... It made me sick !!!

    I went to a local feed store to get some horse feed and I never go to the back of the store and for some reason I did that day... I found 9 baby brown chinese geese in a horse trough covered from head to toe in sh___... It was the most disgusting thing I have seen in a long time...

    I told the owner he better give me a deal on all of them or I was going to report him...

    I brought them home and gave them a warm sugar bath and cleaned them up... now I am looking for homes for them...

    I am glad there are people like us out there... and it makes me so mad what these stores do around easter...

    just look at the before and after pics...

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  6. chikadeedoodah

    chikadeedoodah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good for you on the Geese! I wish I had the room for these little guys! The ducks weren't in water like that, but their skin looked very similar. I went ahead and contacted Animal Control last night. So sad. I live on the river, I wonder if I can call them and tell them I can foster them until they are old enough to hit the river or find homes. It is so sad, but there were SO many! Maybe 20, just heartbreaking! Unbelievable what happens to these babies after Easter and their cute little fluffy stage has passed, it is CRIMINAL! [​IMG]
     
  7. chikadeedoodah

    chikadeedoodah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just emailed Animal Control and told them if they didn't have a place for these ducklings to heal I'd take them in. We could make it work if I sectioned off a piece of the coop until the ducks were healthy enough to be given homes or ran off to the river in our back yard. So so sad! CRIMINAL!
     
  8. CatAteBird

    CatAteBird Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] That's our tub at home. We were washing the sh____ off... They were in a horse trough in about 5 inches of sh_____...

    Good for you... follow up with animal control/rescue and make sure they do their job also...
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:I'd report him anyway. There's a good chance he'll just do it again.
     
  10. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought Cayugas from TSC and they didn't go bald when they started feathering.
    It was just a kind of slow thing like a chicken a little fuzz got replaced by feathers.

    But no balding [​IMG]
     

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