Wildlife rehabber, new to waterfowl rescue and raising ducklings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rehabber0909, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. rehabber0909

    rehabber0909 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2015
    I'm a wildlife Rehabber in NC. I recently rescued my first injured duck. Initially I thought it was a mallard, but later discovered it was a domestic breed. A female Rouen. She was badly injured by a car. Her mate hadn't made it,so we took her to the vet to get stitches and now she is our pet. She is doing well, but we thought she needed companions, so we ordered two ducklings from purely poultry. They arrived today. They had to be delayed in shipping by one day because of Veterans Day. The Rouen is doing great, but the white crested is very listless. She has only drank water on her own. I have added water to the poultry crumbles and fed her some with an eye dropper and chased it down with water with added raw vinegar. I also did the same with some cooked egg yolk once today. I have them in a brooder that is a large clear sterilte container and they're nest is a small box with two rice socks sitting on top of a reptile pad for heat. I used the reptile pad with all of my orphaned baby squirrels and bunnies and have had excellent results. It is constant consistent even heat. It's at 95 right now. I have a thermometer that is set to ring if it gets hotter than that, but I've found that once you get the temp you want, it stays that way. I also am giving them two drops of none iron infant vitamins once a day. Is there anything else that I should be doing for them? I have a mentor for my wildlife babies, but not for my ducklings so I'm hoping you guys can help. I have a tractor supply close if I need to pick anything up from them. The duckling arrived weak eyed and sick. I expect the shipping delay wasn't good for her as they fed her and then shipped her, which I've read is not ideal. I would appreciate any ideas that have worked for you.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
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  3. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  4. rehabber0909

    rehabber0909 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks! I posted there as well.
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Definitely post on our Duck link that NorthFlChick left with you and take advantage of our duck experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    My knowledge of ducks is pretty meager but, I do know they can suffer from niacin deficiencies. Since you said she is a crested duck, she may have had a head injury during travel or by her shipping mate. Crested ducks have an opening in the skull and can be adversely affected by nip or bumps to their skull. Vaulted skulls on silkie chickens is the same.

    She may just be unwell but, the above are things you may want to check out. I think it would be best to post on the "Duck thread," and if possible try to send a private message to Miss Lydia - who is extremely knowledgeable about ducks.
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  8. rehabber0909

    rehabber0909 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2015
    Thanks for the reply, sadly she passed in the night. It just wasn't meant to be. I will maybe try again In the spring. The little Rouen is doing great, and I'm very happy about that! In the past rehabbing I've only lost 1 pinky squirrel, and 1 week old bunny. I really hoped she'd pull thru, but as soon as I saw her eyes at the post office I knew it was gonna be tough. Ugggg I hate it every time I lose a baby, but reality is you can't save them all

  9. gander007

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