So I quickly made an account because I need some help. A few days back my cat brought in a duckling. The duckling wasn't injured, just frightened. I've looked everywhere for its mother, but I live next to a beach, and there's barely any ducks around, so no luck.
I have absolutely no experience with ducks, I've raised chicks before but this was years ago. I have no idea what to do so I've just set up a box with a blanket, a water dish and some food. (I've given it some rolled oats, mashed peas, corn and potatoes.) The duck itself seems fine, it doesn't seem too stressed out.
I need advice on what to do now. I'm guessing the duckling is only around a week or two old. I don't have a brooder box/heat lamp, but it doesn't seem cold, and it's summer time here (don't have the money on me to set one up anyway). I'll happily look after it until it's ready to leave, I just need some advice on how to look after it properly.
Especially any tips on what to feed it, I know ducks shouldn't eat bread, and I've looked up other foods ducks can eat, but any advice would be great.
Also, is it normal for it to burrow into me nonstop when I hold it? It's probably a stupid question, as I assume that's what ducklings do with their mothers to keep warm under them, but I'm not sure.
Any help would be much appreciated.