Rearing ducklings with Mother

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by xke4, May 21, 2008.

  1. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lots of experience raising orphaned ducklings but this evening, my daughter brought home an injured Mallard hen ( hit by car ) with 12 ducklings from the wildlife rehab place that she works at. They have no room at the moment so we are fostering for a few days. My question is how do you provide water for her without endangering the ducklings. I have cut a hole out of a large water bottle big enough for her to stick her head in but high enough that the ducklings can't get in. Any other suggestions? Also, I guess she will eat the duck starter as there would be no way of isolating her food dish.
     
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like the best idea to me, it should help keep the brooder a little drier too. Hope she is feeling better soon!
     
  3. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly, I had to separate them for the night. She has been given a pain killer and seemed to have no regard for the babies this evening. Will try again tomorrow after everyone has settled in.
     

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