I recently went to a friends house who owns a couple of ducks and some chickens. One of the ducks had babies about three weeks ago but one of them seems to have been rejected from the minute it hatched. It's mother continuously pecks at its back and head whenever it gets close but the duckling continues to call and follow it's mother around. It's back is now red raw and the owners have had to separate the duckling from it's mother and siblings. For the week that they were all together, the duckling was bullied out of food and water and became very weak. Since separation, the duckling is kept on one side of the pen with a couple of chickens (which just about ignore the duckling) but still sticks it's head through the wire fence-- only to get pecked. The owners have had to keep it in a separate cage overnight and while feeding. The owners are planning on relocating the duckling as an orphan soon.
I don't know much about ducks, but seeing this little one breaks my heart! I own a couple of chickens and i am considering adopting it myself... Is this a good idea? what will i need to do to care for it?