Hello everyone. I am new to the forum but have a question that I'm hoping more seasoned duck owners can help me sort out. I have owned two Indian runner ducks since they hatched last spring. They have a fully fenced pen, duck house and have been kept indoors during our New England winter storms. My aunt came over the other day and let them out and neglected to put them back before leaving. One of them has gone missing. My remaining duck is a mess and it's breaking my heart. The one that is missing was very much the alpha and now my remaining duck is lost. When we used to come outside they would immediately start making noise to be let out. Now she is cowering in the back of her house and will not come out. She has barely eaten. We brought her inside last night and she perked up a little bit, she ate a little and became more vocal. But when we went back outside with her today she was immediately withdrawn, quiet and went to hide in a safe space. None of this is normal and while I understand it, I want to fix it. The farmer we bought her from will take her back, if absolutely necessary. However he thinks it will be more traumatic for her to lose her one companion then be thrust into an established flock of 40+ ducks and other animals. I don't want to get another adult that she may not get along with but also don't want her to be alone until we can get a duckling large enough and established to live outdoors with her. I don't know what to do and I desperately want to help her. If you can, please give me some insight. Having ducks before what would you do? What do you think would help her the most in the end? Thanks for your time and expertise, I'm so torn up about this.