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I think it has alot to do with a person's time as well. For someone who is disabled or never leaves home, it may be possible to be available 24/7 but most people are not able to dedicate enough time to be sure a single duck is forever by their side, day and night. Also, it may be the person's choice but a duck prefers to be with another duck. Orphaned monkeys will bond with wire mothers but that is no reason to separate them from other monkeys. I make sure our ducklings are sold in groups of four or more to prevent one from ever being alone.

I am sorry if I sound harsh. I have seen several threads where people end up with lone ducklings and it makes me sad for the poor ducks. I don't think people realize how traumatic it is for the lone duck, especially a baby. Their crying is heartbreaking when they are separated temporarily, I can not imagine putting them through that for life.
You make is sound as if my duck is in poor care. He is with me where ever I go & if I'm not available he is with someone else. The ONLY time he is alone is when I have to go to sleep
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It sounds too me like you answered your own question?

You should get your Duckling, a Duckling friend.

I bought three Ducklings and had an Ad up for more. A man who raises Call Ducks called me with one Duckling left because it is black and the first buyer only wanted the yellow ducklings.

The poor little thing cried all the time before it came here. I got him when he was two weeks old and my three were only turning a week old. I popped him in with the other three ducklings and he snuggled right up to his new pals.

Two ducklings are no more work than one duckling. Probably less work because they have another one to comfort and play with.

 

All the best to your adventure with Ducks.

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You make is sound as if my duck is in poor care. He is with me where ever I go & if I'm not available he is with someone else. The ONLY time he is alone is when I have to go to sleep

You started out saying you know your duckling needs a duck buddy and that you feel terrible leaving it alone at night so I think you already know it is not a good idea but you are doing it anyway. I am sure you want what is best for your duckling but you are knowingly putting your baby through periods of social isolation that will have long term consequences. Why is it so important to you to have a single duck instead of offering your duck a companion?
post #14 of 17
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You started out saying you know your duckling needs a duck buddy and that you feel terrible leaving it alone at night so I think you already know it is not a good idea but you are doing it anyway. I am sure you want what is best for your duckling but you are knowingly putting your baby through periods of social isolation that will have long term consequences. Why is it so important to you to have a single duck instead of offering your duck a companion?
My duck is very happy. You act as if raising a single duckling has never been done. He is not depressed he is a baby & crys when I leave him even if it's just a second. If I had any doubts about his health & felt like he wasn't happy I would suck it up & give him up
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My duck is very happy. You act as if raising a single duckling has never been done. He is not depressed he is a baby & crys when I leave him even if it's just a second. If I had any doubts about his health & felt like he wasn't happy I would suck it up & give him up
he is also not alone for long periods of time. As soon as I get up I go & get him. He was the last of any ducks in my area. I looked everywhere to find just him.
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Will someone always be able to give your duck constant devotion for its entire life? Does your family go on vacations, if so what happens to the duck when separated from you that long? I think these are a couple questions that if you haven't given much thought too, would certainly be something to consider as well.
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post #17 of 17
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Will someone always be able to give your duck constant devotion for its entire life? Does your family go on vacations, if so what happens to the duck when separated from you that long? I think these are a couple questions that if you haven't given much thought too, would certainly be something to consider as well.
The longest he has ever been alone is two hours or maybe three. He is always with someone if not me I know how important it is for them not to be isolated
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