Welcome back to our series of posts to help you get ready BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arrive!
To read our post on the brooder and bedding, go to Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Brooder and Bedding.
To read our post on water and waterers, go to Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Water and Waterer.
To read our post on feed and feeders, go to Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Feed and Feeder.
To read our post on heating, go to Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Heating.
Listed below are items that are not necessary, but are good things to have on hand for when your ducklings and goslings arrive.
Vitamin Packs and Electrolytes
When your ducklings and goslings arrive, they may have been on a rough trip. A vitamin/mineral pack mixed into the water gives them the vitamins and minerals they need for a quicker recovery. Pedialyte is an excellent alternative as it is designed to provide not only the necessary vitamins and minerals but also the necessary sugars and electrolytes. Do not worry about the amount as they can't have too much if you mix it correctly.
Pedialite and Vitamin Pak (above)
A vitamin pack is also our go-to whenever there are issues that crop up with the ducklings or goslings, so having one on hand is a good safety net.
I know what you're thinking.
Are you suggesting giving sugar to an animal?
Why are you suggesting giving sugar to an animal?
In the past we have suggested adding a small amount of sugar to water, just to help perk them up a bit. We ran an experiment a few years ago, however, and found that those that did not have sugar water actually did better.
However, there are several customers with whom we have spoken, including those that breed and raise birds, and sugar works like a charm for them. Take from that what you will.
If you decide to give them sugar, keep it to a minimum. We suggest about 1/4 cup or less to a quart of water.
Boil an egg, let it cool, chop it up, and let them at it. The vitamins and minerals in the yolk is what they really need. Chicken eggs are just fine if that is what you have on hand.