One ducking... seems attatched to me... freaks when im gone...

fushalilly

Songster
11 Years
Mar 9, 2008
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I feel horrible. I have one mallard duckling about 4 days old and since his mother and siblings were killed I have been brooding him. Whenever I leave him alone in his brooder he hops and hops and I feel terrible. Will he grow out of this?
 

Cetawin

Chicken Beader
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
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NW Kentucky
Probably not totally...s/he has bonded to you which is very understandable under the circumstances. You may consider getting a diaper for little one and just let him follow you around some. But to that baby you are mama.
 

keeperofthehearth

Songster
12 Years
Nov 3, 2007
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podunk... I mean Wabash, IN
What Cetawin said. You're momma now. It may help to get another duckling so he/she has company and a cuddle mate. Some on here put a mirror in their brooder and be sure to put in a feather duster or stuffed toy. I usually do that for my chicks and they just love it. Cuddle right on it.
 

Wifezilla

Positively Ducky
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
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Colorado
The mirror and the feather duster keeps them from totally focusing on you, but I would still try to find it a buddy.
 

CityChicker

Songster
10 Years
Mar 21, 2009
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I would try to find him/her a friend. Do you have a local feed store that might have ducklings or even chicks? If so, I would try to go get one. Ducklings do not at all like being alone. It is very stressful for them. If you can't find a "live" buddy for your baby, I would try a stuffed animal (as a last resort).
 

ExpLo721

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 30, 2009
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Poor little guy . . . if you leave him for too long of a period, he may be stressed out. Like the others said, I would give it a buddy, a mirror, and some sort of bird toys (jingles or stuffed animals) to keep its focus away from you. However, at the end of the day you are the mom now.
 

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