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Has anyone ever raised just one duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckymommyyy, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. duckymommyyy

    duckymommyyy In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    I know he should have a friend at least but its still only a week old and very funny.
    It'll follow anyone in the house around and is fine when its by itself but there is always
    someone home to give it attention and food and water. Everyday he gets to swim in the
    tub and run around in the grass. He actually does have friends but just not at the house
    because I have those ones at my mom's house which is about 10 miles away and those
    ducks are roughty and don't love people since they are in that teen ahhhh you're going to
    kill me stage. haha. When they play with the one that I have, mine doesn't follow them around
    or play with them anyways. any advice would be good :]

  2. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

    Nov 11, 2008
    well I raised a duck with a bunch of chickens lol
  3. duck15

    duck15 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2011
    Philippines Makati
    it does not follow them around because it is use to the one who gives it attention until the "ahhh your gonna kill me stage"
    mine used to follow me too and cry when im not around but not anymore.
    i have raised just one duck before but now i bought others so he could have company
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I've never done it, but some friends of mine had a duck abandon the nest and we were able to save only one duckling, who is now a few days old. They have found that the duckling gets along GREAT with their mild-mannered bunny. They also invented a "duckling sling" like the sort that people carry babies in, but this one's made out of an arm sling and they carry the duckling all day long in it. It's a very happy duckie.

    Single ducks need a LOT of extra attention, and I believe they will always be friendlier (if raised right) than those raised with other ducks. But I still would never do it intentionally, as ducks are happiest when they have their own kind to be with.

    Good luck with yours. It's great that you can spend so much time with it. [​IMG]
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have one house duckling, mama rejected her. But she does go outside and spend time around all the adult ducks and chickens and goose. She just prefers to be with us since we raised her to 7 weeks so far. I believe she thinks shes a puppy since she is in alot with our dogs. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011
  6. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    I have two house ducks, Peepers was the first and she had a friend up until about 2 weeks when my dog killed one [​IMG] I took her everywhere with me after that. I recently got another order of ducklings and decided to keep one of the silkies as a friend for Peepers. she was kept in her own brooder with a mirror and teddy bear for 3 weeks and I have been slowly introducing her to Peepers since then.
  7. Calea

    Calea In the Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    I have raised one duck and would highly recommend getting him a duck friend. If I could go back in time, that is what I would do.

  8. duckymommyyy

    duckymommyyy In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    thanks for everyones input [​IMG]
    I'll try to probably let him play more with the other two at the other house
    more often and see if they can get along better or just get him another nice
    friend. Maybe a girl! hehe [​IMG]
  9. Meighan7989

    Meighan7989 In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2011
    NE Pennsylvania
    I had one ducky, I actually rescued her, She didnt have a friend for about a month, and she was fine. My neighbors acutally bought 2 duck because i had one, and we set up little play dates every day or every other day [​IMG] and she was fine. I just gave her a lot of attention when she wasnt around the other ducks. Unfortuantly one of my neighbors ducks died for a health reason, and her duck got very lonley. So then we put my duck and hers together and they were very happy. But the neighbor duck had more intrest in my duck, than my duck had in her. They were kinda inseperable. But my ducky flew away a few days ago [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] So now I have the neighbors duck, she wont leave my ducks pen. They do get lonley without friends. My advice is to keep on letting her visit the other ones, so she has some sort of social activity, even if yours doesnt seem to have intrest in them. And when theyre not around, play with her [​IMG]. The other duckys will teach your duck "ducky ways" lol. mine never dug for worms until she met the neighbors duck, and eventually copied what that duck was doing. And in return mine tried to teach the other how to fly...(didnt really work cuz the other was a pekin duck lol, but she trys.)
  10. duckymommyyy

    duckymommyyy In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    Quote:I'm sorry to hear your ducky flew away. I've seen pics of Mrs. Waddles on another tread of duck pictures before and she's adorable :[ sorry for your loss.
    Maybe she'll come back cuz you're her mommy! don't worry. she loved you [​IMG]

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