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Abandoned baby mallard

post #1 of 6
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So long story short i found a baby mallard that is so small she/he fits in the middle of my palm. She/he isn't eating yet and is so small, I'm afraid its not eating because it just hatched or because its sick. it hasn't pooped at all, won't drink water. what should i do?

post #2 of 6

Tough one.  Thank you for your compassion.

 

Try dipping the bill in lukewarm water, or dribbling water on the tip of the bill.

 

If you can get a few mealworms that might work.

 

Meanwhile, look up a waterfowl rehabilitator, and get their help - the Migratory Bird Act requires that whoever cares for the wild ones needs to be licensed.

 

The duckling needs to be at around 80F, I would guess, based on its size - perhaps a few degrees warmer.

 

If it is really young, like less than 48 hours old, it may not want or need food yet - there is still some yolk in the belly of the newly hatched.

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post #3 of 6
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You should see this little guy. I hatched mallards last year that flew away and he's so much smaller. i think he just hatched. But it doesn't even want water...... is this bad?

post #4 of 6
Not unheard of. Did you dip his bill in lukewarm water?

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I need to turn in

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post #6 of 6
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Yes i did, i think he knows where the water is now!!

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