- May 27, 2011
Theres a duck that lives around my neighborhood (Hollywood,FL) with 7 ducklings, but today she showed up in my backyard with 10, 3 were clearly not hers. They seemed to be the same type of duck species (Muscovy) but were a lot smaller than her own ducklings. She kept pecking at them obviously in an aggressive manner. I saw her leave for a while and when she came back 2 of the smaller ones were gone and now the last one was following her still. I don't know what she did with the other 2 but she was definitely trying to get him to stop following her. After the small baby duck ran in the other direction I snatched him up and now have him in a decent sized cardboard box. I have NEVER cared for a duck let alone a baby one., so I need your help. What can I feed him? I keep reading that they eat some kind of food called "Start & Grow" un-medicated, but I don't think I can find that in the local Pet Stores i.e. Petsupermarket, Petco, etc. I put a towel on the bottom of the box and put another towel for him to snuggle in. My mom got mashed up, soggy, crackers, mixed them with milk and some kind of oatmeal for babies and served it to him. He's eaten it on his own so I guess thats good. Why does he/she keep chirping? Is it cold? Does it need a heating lamp? How do I put water in its cage without it getting it getting its belly wet (I heard you weren't supposed to do that)? He seems to be maybe a week old if anything because he has his brown and yellow fuzzy feathers in. Please help ASAP, I need it.