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I have a female Mallard duck, who just lost her partner (who was also female) to a hawk. :(  He attacked them in their pool yesterday, and when I discovered them, the other female (Quackers) was dead in the water, and Lucky was still in the pool with her very upset.  The Hawk was beside the pool all wet.  I carried Lucky into the cage, she was very cold and was not moving much.  I didn't know how badly she was hurt or if she would make it through the night, but she did.  Today she seems unhurt physically, but is very frightened (naturally) and lonely.   She's spent most of the day hiding in the dog house, inside the cage.   I've had them for 2 years now.  I'm thinking of getting a couple more ducks so she wouldn't be all alone, but I don't know how she would welcome them.  Is it possible she might "mother" baby ducklings... or would she be hostile toward them?  Has anyone here had to deal with this?  I would like some suggestions.

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Very sorry for your loss!

 

Lucky may find comfort in something soft, like an old towel or stuffed animal.  Also, an unbreakable mirror will help her feel less alone.  It is a great idea to get her some companions since ducks are happiest when they have their own kind around.  It's unlikely that she'll mother ducklings.  It is possible that she'd be hostile.  Introductions should be gradual and always supervised initially.  I would brood the ducklings in a spot where Lucky would see and hear the babies, but not actually have access to them.  As they grow and become more sturdy, you could give them brief together time.  It won't be safe to leave them together for any period of time until they're the same size as Lucky.

 

Good luck and please keep us posted.

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I don't think she would hurt them but I don't think she would want to mother any right now either. I would also hold off on getting ducks for a bit until she's seems a less scared, like when she starts going in and out of the dog house by herself. For now just make sure you spend time with her. I would get ducklings though since they're less threatening then a grown duck and have introduce them slowly and supervised so she doesn't have the chance to hurt them if she will. She may want to be alone to morn her mother and she's probably traumatized and everyone including animals handles trauma differently.

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Thank you.  Your suggestions are very helpful!

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Happy to offer my two cents.  :D   I hope you'll come back with duckling pics and an update on Lucky.

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