Why are they dieing??!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KOTurkeyRanch, May 23, 2010.

  1. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Songster

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    I hatched out 4 mallards. They all were fine then one died, and another. They thrived everyday then died. Today i let them swim and one died. They eat and drink. They are about 2 weeks old.
     
  2. spamee34

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    sometimes it's something in the egg and when they hatch they just keep dieing . I am so sorry to hear your having this happen I hope the others don't go too.
     
  3. NurseNettie

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    So, 2 or 3 have died?

    Do you have them in a warm/ heated area?
    Are they in the house or barn/ coop?
    Do they have injuries, or simply dieing? Are you finding them deceased, or are they sickly before dieing?
    What are you feeding them?

    Lots of variables depending on the circumstances. Not warm enough, contaminated food or water. Wet bedding. Some say not to let them swim til they are 6 to 8 weeks old. Maybe with some other details, someone who's more familiar with ducks can jump in and help.

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  4. KOTurkeyRanch

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    2 died. They have a heat lamp. They are in my basement in a brooder. They have no external injuries and they arent sick. Im feeding them pullet starter non-medicated. 16% protein. I let them swim in a sink for about 10 minutes in alittle warmer than air-temp water. The bedding is hay. I am using the same hay bale for turkeys and had no problems yet. One died while i was using a towel for bedding.
     
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  5. NurseNettie

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    Do you have a thermometer in the brooder to check the temp under the light? Can they get out of the light if they're too warm ( ie room enough to move)?

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    2 died. They have a heat lamp. They are in my basement in a brooder. They have no external injuries and they arent sick. Im feeding them pullet starter non-medicated. 16% protein. I let them swim in a sink for about 10 minutes in alittle warmer than air-temp water. The bedding is hay. I am using the same hay bale for turkeys and had no problems yet. One died while i was using a towel for bedding.
     
  6. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

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    Are they getting niacin supplements of niacin rich greens like spinach. I've known ducklings to get very weak when they don't get enough niacin.
     
  7. blissdragon

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    Holderread recommends Flock Raiser as a food for starting waterfowl cause the chick stuff ain't got the niacin right.
    So sorry you're loosing babies!
     
  8. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

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    i give mine game bird start feed
     
  9. I've heard it's important to give them a vitamin/electrolyte mix in their water. It's available in feed stores or online. The brand I got is Vi-Tal. (And while I was going to the store to get it, the duckling I bought it for died--- but the other ducklings probably needed the vitamins also.)
     
  10. KOTurkeyRanch

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    What are the symptoms of lack of niacin? They seem normal, then just die. I still have 2. What foods are high in niacin?
     

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