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Blind 9 week duck, I'm in a little over my head.

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There was this duck that was going to be put down at a friend's farm because it was blind and the other ducks were starting to attack him. Couldn't let that happen, and so now I'm a proud father of an adorable Duck.

 

I have no idea what I'm doing. I've had a dog before, this is nothing like that obviously. Currently, the little guys routine consists of hanging out in an enclosure (5ftx5ft) in my garage. He is plenty warm in there and I try to get him in the bathtub when I have time at night, usually 4 nights a week for an hour or two. I have a duck feed (not sure what, came with him) that he likes but I'm a little concerned that's not the most nutritionally sound option. I know which kinds of foods they eat/like and would be able to cook/prepare actual food for him but I don't know the proportions of what they need despite my research.

 

My biggest problem is what do I do so that he's not incredibly lonely. I give him as much stimulation as possible but I know it's not enough. The other looming problem is how do I handle poop and cleanup? I could put him out in my yard and make a predator safe/warm house but I honestly think he would prefer to hang out inside with me. 

 

Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated....I just don't want the little guy to be unhappy.

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A lot of people have "house" ducks.  They sell diapers for them.  You can try this site....... http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id47.html

 

Ducks are flock animals and prefer to be with other ducks.  If you don't have other ducks you'll be his flock and he'll be lonely with out you.

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Yay for both of you!

 

Bill Volkart wrote a book - a true story - about Meep, the blind duckling.  Maybe you can contact him - he has a duck sanctuary in Ohio.

 

There is a Raising Ducklings sticky http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711

 

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@Starks    Some cuddly stuffed animals might make your duckling happy. An old shirt with your smell might too. 

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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If you have not had a chance to reach Bill Volkart, the Meep story explains that things that make a gentle noise are helpful to a blind duck - so perhaps some kind of little music player above the food and water to help the little one find it.

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