Hello everyone, I posted here last spring about the injured duck with the fishing hook stuck in him. He seems to have gone off on his own because after about a month I just never saw him anymore. I hope he's doing ok wherever he is. Now my current dilemma. Female muscovy had a clutch of 12 last month. That gradually went down to 5 after a few weeks due to predators. She was holding pretty good at 5 for over 2 weeks until this morning I saw only 4 left. At first I saw only 1 baby all on her own with the Mama and other ducklings nowhere in sight. She was sitting outside my patio in the grass all by herself. I went out to give her some bread and saw the side of her head was an abrasion with clotted blood. Thankfully it doesn't look like a deep cut on her. I gather a predator swiped her head while taking the 5th duckling overnight. I saw the mama duck with her other 3 babies all the way down the pond and when she saw me she started coming over, but put her head down to shoo her away when the injured baby went up to her. Do mother ducks reject their babies if they're injured?! Mama and her 3 babies went off again, and the other one stayed in front of my patio all day. I did bring her into the house to put some peroxide over her wound. (that was nearly impossible to do with how much she kept wriggling free) I managed to get some of it on her and quickly placed her back outside where she's been all day. I THINK she's around 5 or 6 weeks old. So my question is, is she basically a "sitting duck" to predators now? I'm tempted to being her inside my screened patio to stay until she grows bigger, but afraid that would hinder her growth and wind up killing her anyway. Should I just leave her alone and let nature take its course? There's about 3 big male drakes that sit near her so i'm hoping they'll provide some protection for her until she gets old enough to be on her own. I feel terrible for the little one. I snapped a pic and if you zoom in you can see the wound on her head. Can anyone make a guess to her age and if she has a chance to make it out there alone?