Abandoned baby mallard

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  1. DuckTuckandRole

    DuckTuckandRole Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    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.
     
  3. DuckTuckandRole

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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?
     
  4. Amiga

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    Not unheard of. Did you dip his bill in lukewarm water?
     
  5. Amiga

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    I need to turn in
     
  6. DuckTuckandRole

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    Yes i did, i think he knows where the water is now!!
     

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