Just Rescued a wild Mallard Duckling...would like info/advice etc.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by IvanK, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. IvanK

    IvanK Chirping

    Sep 25, 2017
    Hi! Ok, so I've got loads of chickens, turkeys and muscovy ducks on my farm but about an hour ago mother nature threw me a curve ball...one of my cats showed up with a baby duck in it's mouth! I was horrified and at first thought it had somehow gotten into one of my brooders but it was clear it was not a muscovy.
    I scared the cat off and the duckling is still alive and quite spirited...albeit cold and terrified. I've ID'd it as a Mallard chick and it must have strayed away from it's nest along the river where we live.
    Fortunately I have a few turkey chicks sharing a large brooder with some muscovy hatchlings so I took the little cutey and introduced it to the tiny flock of fluff. Everyone involved seems pleased enough.
    Now aside from a wildlife rehabilitation center that I could take this chick to, I'm capable of raising this duckling but don't know much about mallards other than they're aquatic and need more water than muscovies. I'd like to think it'll be a nice addition to my farm for years to come and that I could give it a nice home. Am I thinking about this all wrong? Are there any challenges that I'll face or that this duckling will face moving forward? The fact that it was born wild shouldn't inhibit it's ability to become a member of my current flock should it?
    I've been culling roosters all day (I never get used to it) so in some way, I'd like to see the arrival of this duckling as my way of giving life back.
    Any thoughts, advice or ideas?
    Thanks in advance!
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  2. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Crowing

    Nov 19, 2016
    Huntington, Indiana
    Hey, since your pretty familiar with all the duck knowhow, it shouldn't be hard at all. Mallards aren't that different than any other ducklings, but I found an article that might be useful to you that has lots of info on how to take care of Mallards ducklings specifically. You will probably know most of what is on this article, but there are some good tid-bits in here! Besides the work, it's so amazing to watch them grow up, they can be so funny! You will do just fine considering that you have already raised ducks, and have all of the things required for raising them!
    Here's the link!;)
    Good luck!! :thumbsup
  3. Lil Drake40

    Lil Drake40 Crowing

    Apr 25, 2018
    Somewhere in the mountains
    We’d love to see the little one and all the rest of your birds. Sounds like the little one is in good hands
  4. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

    Jul 13, 2017
    Northport WA
    I would keep it! we used to have a family of wild mallards that were pets! (kind of wild, but we fed them everyday)
  5. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
    My recomendation is hug him alot and then seriosly think if keeping him is the right choice. Once hes reliant on you he will never be wild again

    But on the other hand i myself make bad choices and ide keep him. And i wouldnt tell anyone where i got him

    Loose lips sink ships

    Oh and we require pictures for our important research
  6. fawnda

    fawnda Chirping

    Jun 8, 2018
    Technically, it's illegal to take a Mallard from the wild. Also, a cat bite or scratch can kill him, even if it seems fine now, so he should be on antibiotics. A small scratch or bite puncture can be vary hard to see, so don't assume it doesn't have one. I'd bring it to a wildlife rehabber as they'll have the best chance of helping this little one recover from this traumatic experience and possible/probably injury. They also have the best chance of getting this bird back with wild ducks where it belongs :/
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Keep it on the 'down low' as it is illegal to keep a wild mallard.
  8. IvanK

    IvanK Chirping

    Sep 25, 2017
    Well it's day two and the little guy/gal is eating, drinking an running around. So far so good. I definitely didn't "take" this bird from the wild but rather rescued it from certain death and the only thing keeping it alive is my heat lamp and good will.
    I will definitely contact natural resources in the morning and see what they say. I have nothing to hide and I suppose it's just as good if they insist I bring the duckling in/they pick it up. Either way, I'm just happy it's alive and thriving :)
  9. IvanK

    IvanK Chirping

    Sep 25, 2017
    Appreciate the advice. It's not so much about keeping him or not and I certainly didn't "take" this duckling from the wild... Either way, at my farm or in a government rehab center, I'm happy if he/she makes it. I suppose it would be nice to raise him/her...but it's not for me to decide. I'll let natural resources know what happened and go from there.
  10. IvanK

    IvanK Chirping

    Sep 25, 2017
    For those that wanted a pic...the rescued duckling is on the right...on the left 3 muscovy ducklings and below a small white beltsville turkey chick. I know the heat lamp kills the color quality but it's night and it is what it is :)

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