When can my duckling go swimming? (please read thread(

Lollybee99

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Lake District, UK
8 Day old Aylesbury duckling.

Hello,

To cut a long story short, I had a lone duckling hatch a week ago that was born with an unabsorbed yolk sac and his siblings didn’t make it - they died in the egg. After following the advice of many people on backyard chickens and various websites the duckling is now thriving. He absorbed his yolk sac in 48 hours, his umbilical cord scab fell off in around 4 days and now after 8 days he is almost fully healed. He’s extremely strong and he seems incredibly healthy. He’s chirping, running around and playing with toys. In his first few days he was unable to stand, walk or even lift his head so we were so worried. Now he’s doing great. But unfortunately he’s starting to get a little mucky and as he’s alone due to all his siblings not making it during the hatch I would love to start letting him swim so he can have some fun.

Although, I’ve read that after a protruding belly button due to unabsorbed yolk that you should avoid water until it’s fully healed as water will get in the hole and possibly cause infection leading to sepsis etc. (understandably) Because of this risk we’ve had to give him water to drink at 30 minute intervals ourselves and when he eats instead of leaving water with him so he doesn’t climb in and get his belly wet. (He has plenty of water).

Now after after 8 days his stomach is completely covered in fur (oil glands seem to be working fine) and it’s very difficult to see the hole at all, almost impossible and when you can see it, it’s absolutely tiny. I’m just wondering what your opinions or advice might be. Should I let him swim now that he seems almost completely healed and covered with protective fluff or should I wait a little longer until the tiny, tiny hole in his belly is completely healed so there is no risk of infection? As I just don’t want to take any risks after he’s come this far. We even named him Lucky!

I’m so sorry this post was so long, I just want to make everyone aware of his unique circumstances - and I know he might be a she, we’ve just got into the habit of saying he for some reason!

I’ve attached photos of him below.

I would absolutely love to hear your opinions. As I said he himself is brilliant, just like any normal duckling now, it’s just the tiniest hole worrying me.

Thank you in advance x
 

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Lollybee99

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Jun 21, 2019
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Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! I sure don't know anything about ducks, but he is so cute! Will it be possible to find him a flock mate at a local farm store or breeder?
Hi! :) Thank you! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to find one as of yet, which is crazy because we live in the countryside! But we are looking. We also weren’t sure if we should wait another week just to prevent any germs from spreading to this little duckling as he was so vulnerable - but now he’s almost better we’re hoping to get him a mate so he has company :p
 

ValerieJ

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He is definitely a survivor. I have a lone chick from an incubation. She just hatched Saturday. I was able to find flock mates, and even though they are a week older, they were cheeping and encouraging her while she was hatching and have taken her right in. I sure hope you are able to find a friend for him. Best of luck! Wish I could answer the water question. Someone will wake up soon. :)
 

Lollybee99

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Lake District, UK
He is definitely a survivor. I have a lone chick from an incubation. She just hatched Saturday. I was able to find flock mates, and even though they are a week older, they were cheeping and encouraging her while she was hatching and have taken her right in. I sure hope you are able to find a friend for him. Best of luck! Wish I could answer the water question. Someone will wake up soon. :)
He sure is :) Aw that’s amazing that they took her in and treat her as one of their own. Such a lovely story! So heartwarming :love Thank you so much for the support and lovely messages, here in England it’s 12pm so I forget the majority of people are still asleep. :)
 

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@Lollybee99 if your little one is all healed then by all means let him swim in some nice warm water. He'll love it and so will you watching him. Make sure to pat dry and put him back under his heat as soon as you get him out. Also if you put a mirror in his brooder he'll love seeing himself and will be able to associate what he is when you find him a buddy. Congrats On getting him hatched and healed and healthy.
 

Lollybee99

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Lake District, UK
@Lollybee99 if your little one is all healed then by all means let him swim in some nice warm water. He'll love it and so will you watching him. Make sure to pat dry and put him back under his heat as soon as you get him out. Also if you put a mirror in his brooder he'll love seeing himself and will be able to associate what he is when you find him a buddy. Congrats On getting him hatched and healed and healthy.
I think I’ll let him swim then in some nice warm water, I’m just so nervous cause he still has a tiny little hole in his stomach - I hope he’ll be okay. And we’ve actually been trying to find a small mirror for him but we still haven’t found one that will fit in his brooder, as soon as we do we’ll put it in, I do show him his reflection sometimes and it’s adorable :love Thank you so much, it was touch and go for a while, he was so sick but it’s amazing how strong he is now. He’s amazing :)
 

Lollybee99

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Lake District, UK
If that belly is open at all and only you can see I’d forgo swimming for now.
This probably sounds like I’m crazy or I can’t make a decision but I decided to play it safe and I didn’t let him swim. You’re right, I just feel so bad that he hasn’t been swimming but I guess it’s better to play it safe than risk infection. Just wondered if anyone else had the same situation. Thank you for all your help! :)
 

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