How can I help my lonely duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kiwiduck, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. kiwiduck

    kiwiduck New Egg

    Oct 8, 2015
    I had two ducks that I raised as pets together since they were ducklings, I got them four months ago. one of them was killed by a raccoon, which was extremely devastating to my entire family, but especially to the other duck. They did everything together. The one that died was a male magpie duck named Zach Quack and the one I still have is a female Khaki Campbell named Kiwi. I'm almost positive of their genders, as they had started mating.

    Anyway - Kiwi seems very sad, she quacks non-stop whenever she's alone and won't stop until I pick her up. This was probably a bad idea, but I've let her move into the lounge of my house, and I stole one of my dog's beds which she now sleeps in.

    It's very hard to keep her inside all the time because she poops everywhere, but whenever she goes outside she looks for Zach and quacks really loudly when she can't find him.

    My Question is this: Can/should I get her a new friend? if so, would a duckling or a grown duck be preferable? also, I have to ask, can I put some eggs in her bed and then one day bring in a duckling so she thinks it's hers? I feel like that would be a bad idea but it seems neat

  2. julia305

    julia305 Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2015
    London, United Kingdom
    I'm so sorry to hear that it's awful when a pet dies. I have had exactly the same thing happen to me - had two brothers from ducklings 5 months ago who were inseparable and one of them got injured by a fox and died and I am also trying to think of ways to help him. He has two chickens for company but quacks non stop when they are not around. So I'm interested in people's responses to your post. I would say definitely get your duck a companion as they do have to live with other ducks they are social creatures. I will leave the experts to answer the rest though. Again, i'm so sorry for your loss its heartbreaking isnt it seeing them alone.
  3. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2015
    I think you should get 1 or 2 new ducks to be her companions. Get adults, because she might reject ducklings.
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2014
    So sorry for your loss. :(

    I agree though, get her a couple new adult duck friends. This is why it's always best to have at least 3 ducks, in case something like this happens you won't be left with one lonely duck.

    It's highly unlikely she will accept ducklings if she didn't lay the eggs herself and then incubate them for the full term (~28 days), so adults would definitely be best.
  5. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2015
    Tricking her into broodiness could be difficult and she would have to witness the hatching. The only way to do ducklings would be trick her broody then give her fertilized eggs. Also there is such a thing as a duck diaper.

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