Duckling behavior

Clblanch

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So this is my first year raising ducks. Originally we had two mallard ducklings which are about almost a month old. Unfortunately on Thursday we woke up to one of the ducklings dead :( We're not too sure what happened, but ever since the living duckling has been hissing at us and trying to bite us anytime we're near him/her. Does anyone have any advice? Is this normal? How can we make him/her feel more comfortable?
 

Amiga

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Yes, normal. Duckling is traumatized. An unbreakable mirror will help. Could you please review the food, water, space, environment, temperatures, allthat?
 

Amiga

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At that age, their instincts can kick in making them terrified of large animals. That would be you.

Staying low, talking before coming into sight, and offering a few little treats can help, but this stage can last for weeks. It passes. What you do now will matter alot in the long run.

A duckling buddy around the same size is a good idea. Remember you need to introduce them carefully. Some hit it off right away some take longer.
 

chickens really

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It is upset and Ducklings feel safer in numbers...It might have been the low ranking Duckling and now has no one to make it feel safe.....Get another Duckling around the same age or even better two....
Hang a mirror till you can get another Pal for it ....
 

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