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Found little one in a drain

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Hello all;


We're new here and are looking for a little bit of help. On Saturday I was filling up with gas near work. The area was off a very busy highway in the city, nowhere near where you would think ducks would be.

 

Just as I was about to leave I heard a very distinctive peeping noise around forty yards away, for some reason I was drawn to the noise, I was looking under hedges and trees but couldn't track the noise down.

 

Then I looked down into a storm drain and saw what I thought was a fish swimming on the surface, it was our new friend.

 

I tried to poke my hands in to try and help get him out and couldn't grab him and so I thought, I'll try lifting the grate off the drain, it was heavy but I got there, I gently scooped him up and could tell he was frightened, I put him in my center console of the car where it would be the least stressful spot and drove him home.

 

He now lives in a Rubbermaid tote with a heat lamp we used on our Russian Tortoise, we have a light for the day and one for night. We found some duck food and he loves that, he's also drinking well. He walks around but when we enter the room he'll scramble up to his bed with the mirror, looking a bit frightened.

 

Here's where we need help, he's really skittish, I understand it's been a hectic couple of days and logically the little chap must be stressed out, but he's not into being loved, very quiet.


I read that a mirror might give him comfort for being alone and we are looking into maybe getting another baby so they can grow up together, I have heard that stuffed animals also help out a lot. I would just like for the baby to be comfortable with us.

 

We both work all day and can't really have him sleep with us with us having friends of the feline variety, what would you all suggest to get our new relationship thriving? 

 

Thanks so much for your insight, all the best

Daniel and Chelsea

 

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A very furry/fluffy stuffed animal might give him comfort.  I know chicks will often snuggle up next to one, so I'd think a duckling would too.  I've also seem folks hang a thick feather duster down into the brooder for them to get under.  I don't know what your plans are for him/her, but you might try to find a similarly sized companion if you're planning on keeping it.  Glad it's eating well - that's a plus!

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Get another ducling that is Roen or a peking and he will be soo happy!
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