Update w/ Pics - ACK! My Duck Eggs Hatched!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The Monkey Mama, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I had 5 cayuga duck eggs in the incubator but had some serious temp control problems and I also neglected to turn them due to being slammed with things to accomplish the last couple of weeks.

    I didn't expect them to hatch at all.

    THEY DID! I have two of the cutest baby ducks I've ever seen in my incubator!

    Now that I'm past my shock, I have a couple of questions:

    1. Can they eat regular medicated chick starter or do they need special food?
    2. Can they go in the same brooder with my one surviving white leghorn chick who is 6 days old?
    3. Anything else vital a newbie should know about raising baby ducks? I've raised tons of chicks, but this is my first baby duck experience!

    Thanks!

    Kelly
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2009
  2. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    1. Can they eat regular medicated chick starter or do they need special food?

    go to your local tractor supply and get chick starter/grower. I've never ever fed medicated, though I think you can.


    2. Can they go in the same brooder with my one surviving white leghorn chick who is 6 days old?

    so long as the leghorn chick isn't too much bigger it should be fine.


    3. Anything else vital a newbie should know about raising baby ducks? I've raised tons of chicks, but this is my first baby duck experience!

    Baby ducks are easy speasy IMO, I've raised bunches, they don't require heat for as long as chicks do, and can go outside sooner than chicks.


    AND! MAWWWWWWWWWWWW PIC-A-TURES!
     
  3. Do NOT feed ducklings medicated feed!
     
  4. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
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    [​IMG] yeah Kelly!!!! I'm so happy for you [​IMG] I have some Cayugas coming from BoggyBottomsBantams and I'm nervous and excited all at once [​IMG] Can't wait to see some pics [​IMG]


    PS

    I've heard that the ducklings eat way more than chicks...so they would od on the medicine in medicated starter. I have game bird starter that I use with my quails...so I'm planning on using it for the ducklings as well.
     
  5. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! And I'm about to get my first duckling I think, so this is good info to know!
     
  6. Congrads ! I dont feed medicated feed to my ducks always heard it could kill them , better safe than sry.
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I hatched my first ducks this winter, I found that they are sooooo much messier than chicks. I finally put them in a hutch with a grate floor (nice grate not harsh on feet) I keep wee wee pads in the bottom tray and clean every 3 days at leats. I also switched to a water bottle with nipple to give them fresh water because they make such a mess with it. I saw a post recently of a brooder for ducks with cement blocks and a grate over it where the watterer was it was a great idea. Good luck!
     
  8. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you guys so much! I'll give them some game bird feed.

    I haven't removed them from the incubator yet because I'm waiting to see if the other two eggs may hatch too [don't want to mess up the humidity opening it up], but once they are out I will definitely take some pics to share!

    Thanks again for the help! I'm glad I asked and didn't poison the poor things with medicated feed!

    Kelly
     
  9. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pics - they are doing just great!

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    Thanks for the advice!

    Kelly
     
  10. They are ADORABLE! [​IMG]

    And the ducklings are cute too! [​IMG]
     

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