Found baby duck, can I put it with my boody hen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newlyweds, May 24, 2012.

  1. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

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    My brother just found a "wild" baby duck. Not sure on the breed yet, it was in his driveway and he has no clue where it came from. I have 2 hens that just hatched chicks yesterday. Do you think I could sneak the baby duck under one of the hens tonight and in the morning she would not realize anything? I have done this with chicks before, but I worry that a duck looks too different? Any thoughts?? Any experience with this. Thanks in Advance.

    Here is a picture of the duck. I live in Texas so any clues on the breed. The duck is currently under a broody hen, fingers crossed.
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    Last edited: May 24, 2012
  2. dbolak

    dbolak In the Brooder

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    I have no idea if that will work, however, I found one in my pool and put it in my tub with a heat lamp. It is now feathering out and is doing just fine. Feed it unmedicated food. The duckling we found was in our swimming pool and was so small it had just recently hatched. hope this helps some.
     
  3. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

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    No medicated feed? Good to know. The duck is currently under my broody hen so fingers are crossed she accepts it.
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

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    That's a black-bellied whistling tree duck chick. Good luck!
     
  5. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

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    Well I put the duck under my broody hen last night, and when I got up early this morning the duck is missing? I am sure it is hiding somewhere but I can't find it anywhere, I am kicking myself for not just putting it in a brooder. I just thought for sure it would take to the hen, but I guess it got spooked and ran off. I've looked everywhere and it's so tiny so it would be easy to be hiding.

    Thanks for identifying the breed. I will keep looking and hope I get lucky and find it.
     
  6. Quackers08

    Quackers08 Chirping

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    Good luck, such a cute baby :)
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Aww i hope you find it..
     
  8. dbolak

    dbolak In the Brooder

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    Sooo cute. Hope you find it
     
  9. DuckyGirl4001

    DuckyGirl4001 In the Brooder

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    I hope you find it! So cute! [​IMG] If you do find it you should probably get another duck (the same gender) as this ducky. With ducks you're supposed to keep them in the brooder until 2 weeks and then you could probably put it with the chickens, but only ones of the same gender or else you'll get duck-chicken crossbreeds... Also you're going to need to get duck feed. Ducks and chickens can't share feed, as far as I know... Good luck finding it! [​IMG]
     
  10. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

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    Please update us, I just gotta know what happens to it ;;
     

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