Predator vs baby ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bocabec farms, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. bocabec farms

    bocabec farms New Egg

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    So we have some awesome hunting cats on the farm, but unfortunately they have taken notice to our new baby duckling that hatched today - It is a muskovy duck. The mother created her nest against the foundation of the house and now they seem to be hatching! The mother walked off the nest with her stumbling baby in tow. We scooped it up and is now placed in a cozy bin with a heat lamp. Problem is - did we do the right thing? The mother has since gone back to her nest but seems to be quite agitated. We were fearful and pretty confident our cats would have hunted it down. Do we continue taking the babies away? Or do we give the duckling back to the mother and hope that it and the other future duckling stay safe?
     
  2. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are your ducks, then yes I would keep the babies.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    There needs to be something in place to keep the ducklings safe.

    That may be brooding them inside away from the mother, brooding them with the mother inside, or building a shelter to keep them all safely away from any predators.
     

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