Hi all, I'm new to chickens (just moved in January and started our flock in April with 8 buff orpingtons, two of which ended up being roosters (which was NOT what we ordered but we love the anyway). A friend/neighbor stopped by on their way off on vacation on Tuesday with an only hours old Indian Runner duckling. Just one. Mama wanted nothing to do with it and the rest of the ducks were not too thrilled with it. So, it's here with me in the house inside the brooder we set up for our chicks months ago. I have zero duckling experience but this little one is already way different than our chicks. Because he/she is all alone he is super dependent on us being with him. We either carry him around or have to literally sit next to the brooder or he peeps his little head off and throws himself at the sides of the brooder trying to get out to find us. It's heartbreaking. Is this normal for a single duckling? I'm guessing because he has no siblings to find comfort with we are the only form of comfort he/she knows. We have a stuffed animal in with him and now when he is out I keep the stuffed animal with him so he can start to associated it with comfort and thus has something to turn to when we can't be with him/her. We also gave him a shirt that smells like us with the hopes that would help. Still, the poor thing is really panicky when alone. The only time we really leave him//her alone for any length of time is at night when we go to bed. Does any one have any experience with raising a single duckling? Is leaving him/her alone OK or does it really cause anguish? Are we making the situation worse by trying to have it with us as much as possible? Any ideas for how to help the poor thing feel safe on it's own? I've looked for someone with a duckling that might need company and can't find anyone as it's a weird time for babies here in NY state. Desperate to do the right thing but also going nuts having a duckling with me from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm. I work from home but a duckling is a little hard to explain on my video calls! THANK YOU for any advice you can give.