Help! My Duck Ran Away, will she come back?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Meighan7989, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Meighan7989

    Meighan7989 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone,

    Two months ago, the beginning of may, I was at college and found a baby mallard duckling all alone peeping and shaking, I had seen another duck attack (grown) it. So being the animal lover I am, I took the duckling (she had to be a few days old), and brought her to a farm store and bought the supplies I needed. I took the duckling home to my apartment at school, then took her back to my permanent residence at my parents house, which is 3 hours away, and I raised her. My neighbors had even bought a duckling so mine wouldnt be lonley. I made a pen for her, a duck house, a swimming hole, you name it, this duck has it. Every night I would take her in and she would sleep in a doggy crate, she knew when it was bed time and when i brought the crate to her pen, she would jump right in.

    Everyday I would let her and her ducky friend (a pekin) out of the pen and run around the yard to dig for worms. Two weeks ago she dissappeared and I found her down the hill at a neighbors house, she was peeping so I heard her, and went and got her. Well, I had her out two days ago in the yard all day, and she stayed between my and my neighbors yard. I went over to heard the ducks back in the pen, which they were both next to my neighbors pool, I turned my head for literally one minute, not even, and she was gone, and the pekin and running looking for her (she always does when my duck gets out of her sight) I looked EVERYWHERE for my Waddles, I mean everywhere. It was 9pm and getting dark already, I continued to look for her till 2am with a flashlight, and woke up every hour on the hour to go check the yard. and searched all day yesterday. [​IMG] My neighbbors have a small creek that runs down her property, and I looked up and down the creek, I even went so far as to following the creek to the river, (which is about more than half a mile) and walked up and down the river, and no sign of her, not even a feather, or a peep.

    I am truely heartbroken without this duck, I mean I raised her since she was a little baby and would follow me around (when she was small), she had everything she needed at my house and I made sure I took care of her well, I even bought her minnows and put them in her kiddy pool every now and then for her to eat.

    I guess what I'm trying to ask is if anyone thinks she will come back. Shes been gone 36 hours now. She is a smart little duck. She can fly, she has all her feathers, but i've only seen her fly about 6 feet high, Ive never seen her go higher, and she doesnt have the landing part down too well. She knows how to dig for worms, very well i might say, and she is an excellent swimmer, and even dives under the water ( i read mallards are more of a dabbing duck), but every time i changed her water in her pool she'd submurge herself completely and swim around the radius of the pool. Do you think she will be safe? She knows how to watch for predators pretty well, I have a hyper puppy and she knows to stay from him, she also looks up in the sky and stays still when she see's a crow flying by. Like I said, she is two months old, she can do everything but quack. I wouldve thought she'd come back by now for her friend.

    Will she come back?? Or should I not hold my breath? Like I said, I love this duck, and i'll do anything to have her back.
     
  2. chipmunkridge

    chipmunkridge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry that your duck ran away.
    Here in Ohio, it's not legal to keep a wild born duck. That being said, I have rescued a few animals that weren't technically legal to keep. I let them recover and then released them.
    Wild ducks will want to migrate, even if they weren't raised by wild ducks. So she may have felt the call of the wild.
    Just think of her finding some other ducks and the exciting trips she will make, all because you saved her.
    Susan
     
  3. Meighan7989

    Meighan7989 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Susan, I appreciate you replying. Im trying to think positive about the situation. Its just hard, I just live in a heavily wooded area in Pa, so theres lots of predators so it makes me nervous. Luckily, we have a huge lake about two miles away, its a big tourist attraction, actually. I know there are other mallards there, I went out on my paddle boat a week or two ago and seen a little flock, probably the same age as mine, the boys were just starting to get their green feathers. Im hoping she finds them, I may take a little trip out today just to look. I mean if shes with them, its fine i just want her to be safe, and i'll let her be. Shes not hard to spot shes missing some feathers on her belly and chest from rubbing against her coop. Again, thank you and I will try to keep with the positive thoughts
     
  4. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like previous person said it sure sounds like nature took over for your mallard [​IMG] I would take it as you gave the duck a second chance and now she's where a wild duck should be, you did her a favor! If you loved raising this duck I bet you would love having a domesticated duck!!!

    Maybe its time to look into breeds? And grow to love another non-wild ducky [​IMG]
     
  5. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is the Pekin doing? Lonely? Maybe you can get that one a friend. You gave the mallard a chance, which was wonderful. Maybe it will come back, but feel good that you helped keep it alive and thriving.
     
  6. Meighan7989

    Meighan7989 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, ive been looking at other ducks, im not sure what other ones i like though, pekins are cute, but they're so plain. Im still debating. [​IMG]
    The Pekin is very lonley. I feel so sad for her. She wont leave the coop. its like shes waiting for her friend. Every now and again she will come out for 2 minutes and stick her neck out and quack and look around, but then goes right back in and just sits. This is the second time she lost a ducky friend, she had lost her brother when she was a duckling, and thats how she became attached to my ducky, now my ducky is gone and she seems sad and distraught. Shes actually my neighbors duck, but they seem to have lost interest in her since she grew, shes in my yard all day and night...and i feed her, they dont even really visit. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Either way im going to have to get another ducky to keep her company.
     
  7. chipmunkridge

    chipmunkridge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She needs a boyfriend. Generally, it's easier to obtain males than females. Someone may even give you a drake to keep her company.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You could look into getting some Welsh Harlequins, they are cuter than pekins. [​IMG]
     
  9. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry abut your ducky [​IMG] If you are really looking for something like her that won't fly off I'd look into Rouens, they are bigger flightless Mallards. I had a pair and my drake was the most beautiful duck I had ever seen. Hopefully you can find the poor Pekin a friend soon. Lonely ducks break my heart
     
  10. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You could look into getting some Welsh Harlequins, they are cuter than pekins.
    ETA they don't fly either [​IMG]
     
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