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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:49 pm 
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Hi all,

Some of you may have known I have recently hatched a batch of ducklings (17 in total). They are now 3+ weeks old and growing very rapidly.

There is one duckling in particular that seem to like pecking and eating feathers of other ducklings. It would pull feathers out of other ducklings that are close to it and eat it.

I fed them Laucke mills duckling and goslings starter.

Any reason why it feather peck and what is the solution?

Thanks.

JP


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:23 pm 
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Ducklings are very mouthy. Like puppies. They need something to do with their bills and they probably need more activity in general. They might also need more space. How much room do they have? They will need a lot more room than the same number of chicks.

Things you can give them to do:
- tie small bunches of greens (eg chickweed or young spinach) in their brooder for them to nibble at
- finely cut up greens or grass and put this in a dish of water in their brooder for them to dabble in
- put some water in your bathtub and let them have a swim. Squash some peas and drop them in the bath so they can dive for them
- put them outside (supervised to protect from predatory birds) in a rabbit hutch or similar for a change of scene on a warm day

I have ducklings at the moment too (about 1.5 weeks old) and today they did all of the above. I only have 5 - I keep numbers small to avoid overcrowding.

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