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Will a domestic female duck raise ducklings that aren't not her own?

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I'm wondering if anyone has ever had a female duck raise ducklings that are not her own. I have a 14 week old Khaki Campbell(her name is GG)who was injured at 5 weeks old in a duck stampede. She has regained the ability to walk but her balance in off at times and she sometimes falls down. I have allowed superived time with the other ducks but they pick on her and I just can't trust them with her. I'm wondering if allowing her to raise two female ducklings is an option. They would have their own coop, enclosed kennel and a pen right next to the others where they can see each other. I so want her to be with other ducks and I feel it would have to be ducklings raised with her so she is not an "outsider". Anyone who has had success please let me know or any input on this is appreciated. Also please let me know what breed would be recommended. I'm thinking a small, docile breed would be best suited for her.
post #2 of 6
I'm glad she's able to walk again. If introductions are done slowly, it should be ok. I have on numerous occasions put ducklings in with a single older duck. The lings are usually a bit older, 70% feathered, and never less than 3. Although the older duck is usually larger and dominant, the triads I release, tend to form a mini flock giving them protection in numbers. I do a direct release and then watch for aggression. If there's any nastiness, I separate them and then do introductions in side by side pens over time. This is my way. Many people will tell you that direct release shouldn't be done. And yes, side by side is probably safer. Either way, your wounded quacker will probably appreciate the company. Making sure, as they age, you have appropriate male to female ratios.
How is the injured one doing now.... Still healing? How long ago was she hurt?
post #3 of 6
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Thanks so much for your response and info. GG was injured around 9 weeks ago. She is doing great in comparison to how she was when it first happened(unable to stand or walk). Keeping her seperate from the flock allowed her to heal but also alienated her from the others. She can see them at all times except when she goes inside her coop. I will comtinue to allow her supervised time with the flock. She just isn't physically able to be with them alone in the event they turn on her. I keep hoping she will continue to improve to where she can be with the others.
post #4 of 6
Have you given her some extra supplements to help with healing? Niacin or brewers yeast? That can be very beneficial.
post #5 of 6
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Yes I give her niacin as I agree that it can only help. I think she had numerous fractures in her vertebrae because when I would hold her I could feel the crepitus (crunchy) feeling in her lower back/tail area. I'm just so thrilled with how far she has come and hoping for continued improvement. My goal is to have her back with the flock. I really hope that can happen eventually.
post #6 of 6
Awww. Poor girly. Sounds like she's on her way! Does she have one ducky friend from your current flock? If so, another consideration might be to put that duck with her....
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