Rehabbing & Releasing Wild Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Nu Chix To Cash, May 20, 2010.

  1. Nu Chix To Cash

    Nu Chix To Cash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Central Iowa
    Would love to speak to others who have experience rehabbing and then releasing wild ducks.

    We are working w/the DNR and taking on ducklings that have been found. So far the ones we have we have because their mom's were hit by cars and killed. We've helped w/other wildlife but since we have other ducks/chickens the wild ducklings seem to keep coming our way. I don't mind but I want to make sure I'm doing what needs to be done to ensure they have a good chance of survival once released. I'm trying to learning as much as possible but was hoping someone w/more experience could give me some pointers.

    Right now we have mallards and wood ducks. I'm finding the wood ducks are a PITA (saying that in the nicest way) compared to the mallards. They seem to stress a lot more (so far I think our rate of survival is pretty darn good considering). I don't pick them up much - just try to make sure their food/water is full as I don't want them looking to humans for food. We've moved the larger mallards along w/some of our domestic ducks out to a larger pen where they can eat grass, bugs, etc. and swim. The smaller wood ducks & mallards are still being kept in a smaller inside pen in the shed.

    Any tips or advice?
  2. Baybrio

    Baybrio Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    Poplar Grove, IL
    I just took 8 mallard ducklings to HooHaven here in Illinois for rehabbing and release.

    The ducklings couldn't have been more than a day or two old and were running around in the road in the middle of town.

    At least in Illinois you need to be a federally licensed rehabber to take ducklings. I have no idea why, maybe because they migrate.

    In any case the women who checked them in said wood ducks were very difficult compared with the mallards. This is a link to their web site

    I hope that help-good luck with your wonderful work.

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