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Would you put this duck back with her mate and sister?

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   The latch got left open on my mini duck pen, and  one of my female silkies got out into a larger night pen with a  bunch of Runners. I found her the  next day with all the feathers removed from her head, and it was red and  bruised , but not  bleeding. I  brought her in, and  bathed and  put  Neosporin on incase there was any tiny cuts and  to  stop and fly strike.  It has been 3 days of her in  kennel in garage. She hasn't eaten much, but is drinking and   resting.  It is kinda dark in there, so am  wondering if I  am  putting her in hibernation ;0) I keep a light on in daytime...

   Wondering  what to do next. I could put her in a little pen, and  move  some others around so she could be alone. Or  should I  put her back with her  sister  (who has been fussing at me since it  happened?, odd  behavior ) and mate?  Not  sure if  they would welcome her or  hurt her more..... with the  bald red head now.... also not  sure if  gnats and  flies would be an issue.  Leaning towards isolating  her, but  perhaps her 'family' would feel safer

Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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You might try reuniting her with her flock mates and monitor the reintroduction - removing her if serious problems are evidenced.  She will be happier with company if it is possible.

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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
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I would be concerned about flies - can you bring her two family members in to be with her for a few days?

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She isn't bleeding...just head looks bruised. She is  moving around more, eating a bit and drinking. But pretty much just 'setting' mode. She can stay in garage  for a while... I may take her out today and put her in and see how they re-act. She isn't going to die, from my observations, just  got battered....

Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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