After a string of bizarre events leaving various baby animals at our doorstep, today we came home to find a wild duckling sitting smack dab in the middle of our driveway. He lead us on a brief chase before giving in and letting us carry him to safety where he promptly fell asleep in my hands.
He appears to be only a day old and is very eager to return outside. We've taken a couple of expeditions out to the pond and the woods to find his mother but only caught a meager glimpse of her before she disappeared into the thicker woods where we can't easily go. I have a brooder tank set up with a warm light, food and water but he's not too keen on even giving it a try. He just jumps, jumps some more, cries, goes to sleep, wakes up, and starts jumping again.
I would leave him near the woods where his mother was spotted but with no sight or sound of her it would most likely be a death sentence. Even our own Muscovies have wandered off out there, never to return. Only clumps of feathers remain. The area isn't particularly close to my house, so he'd be entirely at the mercy of nature without me being able to keep an eye on him.
Is there anything I can do to calm him down or maybe get him to eat?