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Duck: advice for my rescue duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ellawright9110, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. ellawright9110

    ellawright9110 New Egg

    Jun 6, 2016
    Hey guys. So I saw a duck with 9 babies today in my garden and about 4 hours later, another duckling dropped out of the best above my wall. The duckling is fine but I cannot find the mother. I've looked everywhere, I even went down to the nearest lake and I couldn't find them. I've set the duckling a bed up in a cardboard box with lots of sawdust and blankets. It's eating and drinking fine. I need some tips on looking after a young duckling as I have never done this before? Any help would be much appreciated. The duckling doesn't seem to sleep in its box unless he's cuddled up on me.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would see if you can find a compassionate waterfowl rehabilitator in your area.

    Meanwhile, there is a sticky on Raising Ducklings.
  3. ellawright9110

    ellawright9110 New Egg

    Jun 6, 2016
    If I were to find his mother I don't think he is ready and he can't walk properly yet. I have looked for rescue centres near me and there isn't any.
  4. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    Oh how sad :( eating and drinking is a good sign. He's probably cold. Do you have a heating pad or blanket? Do you know how old it is?
  5. ellawright9110

    ellawright9110 New Egg

    Jun 6, 2016
    I think he's only a few days old because it's very small and his mother and siblings only just fell out of the nest.
  6. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2014
    Northwest Ohio
    What kind of duckling is it? Mallard? Wood duck?

    If you plan on raising it aND keeping it, you're going to need a few things. Ducklings need a heat source for the first few weeks, like a heat lamp. As they get older, they need less heat. I think the rule is 85 or 90 degrees the first week and drop by 5 degrees every week. You'll want a good chick starter feed, and you'll more than likely want to supplement niacin somehow. Some people use crushed tablets, but I prefer nutritional brewers yeast added to the food. I find it at GNC and it looks like this:


    Your waterer should be deep enough for him to dunk his head but not so deep that he can get stuck and drown. I use a chick waterer like the one below for the first week or so, then switch to a cool whip container with a hold cut in the lid big enough for their heads to fit through.


    If he is all alone, he is going to be one lonely duck. I would recommend trying to find him a little friend. If that isn't an option, adding a non breakable mirror or stuffed animal to his pen might help. Just realize that you're the mama now and he will probably be very attached to you.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016

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