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Blind 9 week duck, I'm in a little over my head.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Starks, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Starks

    Starks New Egg

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    There was this duck that was going to be put down at a friend's farm because it was blind and the other ducks were starting to attack him. Couldn't let that happen, and so now I'm a proud father of an adorable Duck.

    I have no idea what I'm doing. I've had a dog before, this is nothing like that obviously. Currently, the little guys routine consists of hanging out in an enclosure (5ftx5ft) in my garage. He is plenty warm in there and I try to get him in the bathtub when I have time at night, usually 4 nights a week for an hour or two. I have a duck feed (not sure what, came with him) that he likes but I'm a little concerned that's not the most nutritionally sound option. I know which kinds of foods they eat/like and would be able to cook/prepare actual food for him but I don't know the proportions of what they need despite my research.

    My biggest problem is what do I do so that he's not incredibly lonely. I give him as much stimulation as possible but I know it's not enough. The other looming problem is how do I handle poop and cleanup? I could put him out in my yard and make a predator safe/warm house but I honestly think he would prefer to hang out inside with me.

    Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated....I just don't want the little guy to be unhappy.
     
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  2. elly21

    elly21 Out Of The Brooder

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    A lot of people have "house" ducks. They sell diapers for them. You can try this site....... http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id47.html

    Ducks are flock animals and prefer to be with other ducks. If you don't have other ducks you'll be his flock and he'll be lonely with out you.
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Starks Some cuddly stuffed animals might make your duckling happy. An old shirt with your smell might too.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you have not had a chance to reach Bill Volkart, the Meep story explains that things that make a gentle noise are helpful to a blind duck - so perhaps some kind of little music player above the food and water to help the little one find it.
     

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