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Only one duck hatched

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by beepbeepinajeep, May 2, 2009.

  1. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I could brood my chicks and the mallard together, but the chicks kept pecking him. So I have them separated, but every time the duck is alone now he is crying. I can't hold him constantly:/ He also bites constantly. It doesn't hurt now, but I imagine it will. He almost seems to be doing it affectionately...
     
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
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    Maybe a small stuffed animal would help him. I had only one turkey hatch, so I went looking for a friend....brought home three. Be careful!![​IMG]
     
  3. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, DH already mentioned we should go out and find him a friend today:rolleyes: I just moved the chicks right next him... maybe that will help:)
     
  4. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    what would be wrong with getting him a friend?

    thats what I had to do, one of our hens(chicken) was sitting on two mallard eggs, they both hatched but the one baby didn't live, so I brought the live duckling(templeton) inside, now he/she and it's new buddy Elliot live together in a 10 gallon fish tank and are very happy.

    unless you're prepared to spend 24/7 with him, he'll need something otherwise he could very well die from loneliness
     
  5. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We looked all over today for another duckling with no luck:( He is doing much better now that he can be close to the chicks. He is happy to be able to see the family too. No more crying. I will be on the lookout for a buddy for him though. Is it ok to find a different breed to put with him?
     
  6. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
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    another breed would be fine, so long as theres not much of an age difference
     
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    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I have a single, I put a feather duster in with the baby. They like to snuggle up to the feathers. It seems to work.
     
  8. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good idea:) We had no luck finding another duckling, but I have a towel that hangs & he snuggles in like it is a momma wing. He has done very well & loves the family.
     
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I use a turkey feather duster and a mirror taped to the side of the brooder and also throw in a stuffed animal. This has worked for both of my solo ducks until I could find them friends.
     
  10. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great ideas:) He's a cute little guy... everyone is smitten with him. I am not looking forward to the more foul presents he will leave us as he gets bigger;)
     

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