baby duck, alone

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Big dreams, May 29, 2010.

  1. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, the neighbor kid just gave me a very little baby duck, (he said he found it all alone and could not find the mama) I tried my best to get it back to her but no go. So I have had baby chicks but never baby ducks and I am clueless... I put it in a box with newspaper and a lamp... wet chicken food and cut up lettuce but it just jumps up trying to get out until I stick it in my shirt... what do I do with this poor baby. Thank you in advanced I have always got good advice here. [​IMG]
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    It just has its moments like any toddler. Add some cat toys, a stuffed animal or a mirror to keep it occupied. It will get over it.
    Katharina
     
  3. duckgirl_19

    duckgirl_19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try putting a stuff animal or a mirror to keep it company then i would try and find it a friend. good luck
     
  4. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was afraid it was going to hurt itself jumping around like that. It doesn't seem to be eatting either, but maybe still just stressed from the kids running after it and all.

    Oh, and I will go find a stuffed something for it... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  5. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    A lof of birds will calm down if you put them into a dark space. Perhaps if you cover part of the brooder so it doesn't see all the strange stuff around itself. It just needs some time I would say.
    Katharina
     
  6. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the light be a problem? I am afraid it might get cold, it's about 70 in here but I know baby chicks need it much warmer. I have it in the box and a 60 watt bulb over it. A dish of water and a lid with some wet chicken food in it. Is that all I should do?
     
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Whoops forgot about the heat lamp. Just cover the sides so it sees less stuff around itself. Anything new can be really frightening. I think time will help.
    Katharina
     

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