Releasing rehabbed ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kathysue, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Kathysue

    Kathysue New Egg

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    does anyone have experience in releasing orphaned, rehabbed wild ducks? Have had them since they were a week old and they are now ready to go out on their own.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How, exactly, did you raise them? Unfortunately, it is not as simple as releasing them and they will know how to be wild and will be successful - in fact, if they have not been carefully managed during the time they were in human care they will likely succumb fairly quickly if released.
     
  3. Kathysue

    Kathysue New Egg

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    They have never been handled except when they were tiny and needed a bath. They are outside in a run now and really want nothing to do with me. They have been outside for about 3 weeks - we are in the country so they are hearing lots of sounds. We have a lot of waterfowl up here.
     
  4. Kathysue

    Kathysue New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome. Does anyone out there ever have whistling ducks? I rehab them and release when they can fly. I have been feeding them waterfowl diet along w/ organic mixed baby greens and freeze dried worms. I want them to prepare for the outside world- is there anything else I should be giving them?
     

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