We had ducklings hatch today! One very exhausted - advice appreciated! :)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jen1979, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Jen1979

    Jen1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We just had 2 ducklings hatch today! We thought we could hear peeping coming from under the Mum's this morning, and this afternoon, there they were!

    One of them looks exhausted. I'm not sure if he or she is just tired from hatching or if we should do something to help - anyone have any advice?

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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Does it seem more lethargic than the others? I haven't hatched, perhaps @Miss Lydia or @sumi or @Lacrystol can offer experienced advice.

    I have read that they are really tired after hatching and need some time to rest. But if this looks more extreme than its siblings, there may be a need to intervene.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I don't have much experience hatching ducklings, but in my experience they do need a little time to catch their breath after hatching. This one looks pooped though. @Lacrystol ?
     
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They generally lay around like that (looking half dead) for at least 12 hours after hatching, then they'll be up and more active for short periods of time before falling asleep again. The first day or two of life they are extremely worn out from hatching. How long has it been since that particular one hatched? If they just hatched today I wouldn't be worried just yet.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

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    You have seen it moving though right?
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    She's sitting tight might be more hatching under neathe.. Congrats hope the lil one starts to perk up soon. Like Orca said though they can scare the poo out of you looking half dead and all.
     
  7. Jen1979

    Jen1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks all! Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I'm in Australia, so time difference and all :)

    The little one has perked right up now! Looking much better!
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    The only worry we have now is as 3 girls are pretty much sharing one giant nest, 2 of the girls are completely fine together, 1 of them however keeps trying to push another out of the way and they end up sitting ontop of each other. We're worried she'll step all over the ducklings and hurt them.

    She's been the least committed to the nest of all so we tried putting her and our male out into another section where they could see them but not get to them while the other 2 took care of them. That worked for a few hours, but when it came close to bedtime she freaked right out. Kept throwing herself at the door of the enclosure and screaming :/ So we let them all back in together. Hoping it goes ok because were not really sure what the right thing is to do there!
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Your right your new ducklings can be trampled to death with 3 ducks sitting on the nest and tussling. I would again take the least committed out and put her back with the drake. She may not like it but your ducklings have a better chance of survival. it very seldom ever works out having more than one duck with eggs and ducklings, You've waited along time of these and they are very fragile at this stage. . Glad to hear the lil one has perked up.
     
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  9. Jen1979

    Jen1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok I think I made a bad decision :( :(

    The little weaker one was dead in the nest this morning. I don't know what happened, but it looks like at some time in the night one of the ducks removed a bad egg from the best - this little one was found next to it. He doesn't look at all injured but maybe he got trampled.. :(. So devastated. My decision to let the other mum back in last night might have been what killed him :(

    I've now chucked her out again with our male. The other baby is doing really well so far. No more hatched as yet.
     
  10. Amiga

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