Yesterday, my vet called me. Somebody dumped a duck on him, and he needed a place to go. Of course, I went and got him. It seems that an elderly man bought 4 ducklings at Tractor Supply. He was keeping them as house pets, but we all know that can only be temporary. He put the 4 ducks outside, and 3 disappeared. Imagine that, duckings out in the yard with no protection disappearing! Duh!! So he brought the last duckling back into the house. Now he can't take care of it. I don't know why. He told the vet that he was leaving town. I suspect he is going to a nursing home. He told the vet that the duckling is 6 - 7 weeks old. He also said that this duckling didn't grow or develop as fast as the others. The others were feathering when they disappeared. The little guy is a very friendly little thing. However, he will only eat dry catfood and only out of my hand. The old man was feeding him catfood. I have Purina Flockraiser, but he won't touch it. He does, however, seem quite adept at removing most of the water from the rubber water tub. I have him by himself in a run since it's nice out today. Last night it was chilly, so he was in a cage with supplemental heat. I have a friend that has a few ducks that may take hime. Right now all of her ducks are adults so he is not big enough to go to her house. There is also the possibility that I will become to attached to Chester (oh no! he has a name! I'm doomed!) and keep him. How would he do with chickens and no pond? Will the history of catfood diet hurt him? Any ideas about getting him to eat the Flockraiser? What breed is he? With all that yellow fuzz could he really be 6-7 weeks old? I haven't had ducks since I was kid, and those were Muscovies. Any help would be appreciated. Is there anybody in the area (I live just outside Omaha, Nebraska) that needs a duckling?