Parents have abandoned ducklings...HELP

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ALRwild, May 24, 2011.

  1. ALRwild

    ALRwild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The strangest thing in the world happened to me. I have a TINY pond in my backyard, and today I found three baby ducklings in it. This would be okay, except we don't know where their parents are. These duckling are defiantly wild, so I have no idea what to do with them. Please help me and the baby ducks!
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Give em some lay mash. Maybe they are staying. I had that happen with what I thought was a mallard. It's a rouen. It's been six months and she is here to stay.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know for sure that this is true for ducks, but this is the time of year when wild birds are "fledging" which means more than just learning to fly. The parents are starting to teach them independence, and for many species that means they may be entirely alone for a day at a time. For that reason, it's incredibly important to be very very careful about removing baby birds from the wild--the parents are probably coming back for them.

    I would leave the ducklings on the pond (putting out some chick feed won't hurt though, and may encourage them to stick around and make friends eventually). Watch them until nightfall (where are you that it's not nightfall yet??). If the parents do not come back, then you will need to see if you can get them somewhere safe for the night.

    How old are the babies? Do they have feathers? Pictures would be very helpful in providing more detailed assistance.

    Good luck!
     

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