It's a bit of a sad story, but hopefully it won't end so sad... A few months ago we had a fox get into the coop and took about half of the hens, all their chicks and all but three of the ducks. Since then we've given one of the ducks away, and managed to have three chicks hatch in good health... Unfortunately the two remaining Indian runners are notoriously bad at keeping eggs intact. So this time two of our hens went broody we jammed some duck eggs under her too... Well after the long wait only two duck eggs were left. One got crushed in a motherly brawl between the hens leaving just one. We all love our ducks and have tried many times to get ducklings raised, but in the end dogs, foxes or illness seem to take them before they're anywhere near full grown. Well the date came and four little chicks popped out of their eggs. A day later and the mother hen decided that waiting around for the last egg was not going to happen. I went in to check it out one last time and noticed it had started to break out! Nights have been getting really cold around these parts so we took the egg in and put it under a heat lamp. Much later and there was hardly any progress at all, much later than that and we decided that it was a choice of watching him die in his shell or assist with the hatching process. Well after a very nerve-wracking and lenthgy operation the little guy made it. He was very weak, but after feeding him some mashed egg yolk he seemed to perk up a bit. Now without making this tear jerking story too much longer, here's the end result... The little guy now thinks we are his mum! We've tried unsuccessfully to put him back with the hen and her four chicks, but he cries and runs back to us! I've read around and found this is a permanent state. We have named him "Charlie" as we are unsure of the sex, and as it looks like we've inadvertantly become parents. We have time and love and were considering getting a pet just days before so we are dedicated to seeing to Charlies needs, but we're not sure on what behaviour or activities to teach him? He seems to know where water is, how to peck and eat bugs. He is only two days old at the Moment so no swimming lessons for a while... Is there anything you guys can recommend?