Ducks I got some more feathered babies today.

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  1. 444lover

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    I think tomorrow I'm going to let her back into the group. I'm not having any luck getting her protein,maybe she can find it herself out in the yard with the rest.
     
  2. robin416

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    She might learn from them. Maybe. Sometimes they are just hard to figure out. Are they still on gamebird?
     

  3. 444lover

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    She is right now,the rest get cracked corn at night when they're inside.
    I'm planning on putting her feeder with the game bird feed in there though.
    I usually have game bird and cracked corn so they can eat whichever they want until they're full grown then just the cracked corn.
     
  4. robin416

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    I wonder how she'd feel about a boiled egg. Ducks don't seem to be as curious about things like that as chickens are. But it would have a good amount of protein in it.
     
  5. 444lover

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    I made her a scrambled egg the other day and she liked it but we have a hard time keeping eggs. I only got it because it was cracked.
     
  6. robin416

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    Well, I'll be. Afraid of a worm but scarfed up the egg.
     
  7. TomC

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    Scrambled eggs don't move.
     
  8. 444lover

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    Not unless they're possessed :D
     
  9. robin416

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    Considering the person involved is that such a stretch? I wouldn't put it past him to rig the eggs to see what the response would be.
     
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  11. robin416

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    Yeah, that fits.
     
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    I had to put her down,even being outside in the yard she kept getting worse. Last night she was to the point she could barely move her right leg.
     
  13. robin416

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    I'm sorry. It's hard to lose them.

    The only option and it might be cheaper in the long run is to find more mature birds to avoid whatever this issue is going on with newly hatched.
     
  14. 444lover

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    Sylie pointed out the problem but I think it's too late for this batch,they aren't getting enough protein. I'm going to start letting them out into the yard about the time they start growing their feathers so they can get what they need to grow right. That's why free roaming birds don't have problems like this,they know what foods they need. I'm going to try letting the goslings out tomorrow since they're starting to grow theirs. It's been a little rainy and cool the last few days,they've been staying under the heat light.
     
  15. robin416

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    But you can't be hatching in the middle of Spring and let them out. Hypothermia is going to be just as bad for them.
     
  16. 444lover

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    Yeah I know,I'll have to hatch them later in the year.
    That's why I'm just now thinking of letting the goslings out,it's only been in the 50s and 60s. It's suppose to start getting into the 70s.
     
  17. robin416

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    Well, you've got the light if you think it's going to be too cold for them at night.

    It might make things a little less complicated for you at the same time.
     
  18. 444lover

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    It's on,been on for days and the last 3 days that's why they haven't come out into the pen,they've been staying under it because it's only been in the 50s even in the daytime.:D I think I'll wait until Friday to let them out,tomorrow's only going to be in the mid 60s and I need to mow,it'll scare them.
     
  19. robin416

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    It's been so long since I've lived up North I forget how long it takes to warm up up there. Shoot 60's were our temps most of the Winter down here.
     
  20. 444lover

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    Yeah I believe that,when I lived in Kentucky it was in the 40s and 50s most of the time.

    I have a male duckling with the same problems as the hen and he can hop around on 1 leg some but I thought he was using his right leg some,tonight I noticed he doesn't. He's not getting any better either so I think I'll have to put him down too. 1 legged ducks tend to swim in circles and as you know I have too many males anyway. It's too bad they're too small to eat though.