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Brooder Temperatures For Ducklings

| May 12, 2011

In the farmingfriends forum we have been asked about brooder temperatures for ducklings. the temp in his brooder is about 93 degrees F. Is that good? or should it be different? Badoodle If the duckling is moving away from the heat lamp, is laying down alot and panting then the temp is prob too high, [...]

Helping Weak Khaki Campbell Duckling

| October 9, 2010

Jim sent an email asking for some advice about his newly hatched duckling who was very weak. “hi Sara Just a quick question, one of the ducklings that has hatched cant seem to stand up, hes flapping his little wings and his legs seem very strong, he wasnt help out of the egg although it [...]

Duck Treats

| September 2, 2010

I have been sent an email from Jim asking about duck treats, “Hi Sara, I have a question…we have two runner ducks that were abandoned…we gave them a garden spot to live thinking we only needed to worry about coyotes….my wife was on the way to feed our dogs…and heard a commotion…upon investigation she saw [...]

Duckling Hatched Early And Yolk Sac Not Absorbed

| April 18, 2010

Had an email on Friday night letting me know that a duckling was hatching early and then this morning I heard that the yolk sac hadn’t been absorbed. Hi Sara, just to update you on our eggs. It is not due to hatch until Wednesday next week but it actually started to break the shell [...]

Identifying Gender Of Khaki Campbell Ducklings

| April 15, 2010

It is difficult to guess what gender a duckling is just by looking at the duckling but my ‘farmingfriends’ friend Maureen has challenged me to take a guess at the gender of her three ducklings named Treacle, Toffee and Fudge. ‘Hi Sara, as someone far more knowlegable than me, how do you fancy taking a [...]

What Causes Curled Toes In Poultry?

| March 31, 2010

I have been asked what cause curled toes in poultry and waterfowl chicks. Curled toes is when the chick, keet or duckling is born with toes or feet that are curled up. This can be caused by a number of things: Curled feet can be genetic and due to inbreeding. It’s only safe to breed [...]

Curled Toes On Newly Hatched Ducklings

| March 30, 2010

On occasions a duckling can hatch out with toes that are curled up into a fist shape. Sometimes they may straighten out on their own in the first day or so but if they don’t you can make a cardboard or pipe cleaner shoe for the duckling to wear which will help to straighten out [...]

Brooder Litter For Chicks, Ducklings and Keets

| March 4, 2010

I have received this tip and advice about litter for a brooder. “The safest, most comfortable ,most hygienic, most chick friendly and cheapest litter for a brooder is clean chopped straw. All you need is a small bale of straw and your lawnmower (with it’s collection bag on if possible). Lay straw on a clean,dry [...]

Muscovy Ducklings Struggling To Hatch Out

| February 18, 2010

I have just received an email about muscovy ducklings struggling to hatch out. Hi Sara I have a muscovy duck that hatched out two of her babies, she still had alot of eggs but did not sit on them for a day so i took them away as they were ice cold. Just before i [...]

Duck Dependent On Humans

| January 10, 2010

If you have a duck who has become dependent on humans, say if you incubate some duck eggs and only one duckling hatches out then the duckling may become dependent on the human who is caring for the duckling as the bird doesn’t have any other ducks to interact with. So what can you do [...]