Duckling behavior

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Clblanch, May 29, 2017.

  1. Clblanch

    Clblanch New Egg

    1
    0
    2
    May 29, 2017
    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?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,984
    1,958
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Yes, normal. Duckling is traumatized. An unbreakable mirror will help. Could you please review the food, water, space, environment, temperatures, allthat?
     
  3. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    He's probably scared since he's not used to being alone. Get him another duckling for a buddy, around the same age if possible. Not smaller or it'll be picked on. And introduce them very slowly
     
    Amiga likes this.
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,984
    1,958
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    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.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    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 ....
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by