single duckling back to it's mother?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by innerchild777, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. innerchild777

    innerchild777 Hatching

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    We had 2 fertilized eggs that mother duck was tending to and when the first began to hatch she crushed the duckling. I decided to giver her a second chance with the other one but 2 days later she'd stepped on that one too, only this baby was alive and only 1/4 hatched. I rushed it inside and turned my bathroom into an incubator with a humidifier and heat lamp. It hatched just fine but now we have a single duckling and a very clumsy mom. The duckling fully hatched Thursday and we've had it inside since. Obviously imprinting is a concern and what to do next?? Will this duckling ever be able to go into our chicken/duck coop?
    My children pop in to keep it company and it has stuffed animals to cuddle, but I know they get lonely:-( I just couldn't let it get crushed in that nest! Suggestions? :jumpy
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

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    An unbreakable mirror helps. Setting up a pen within a pen may help, as long as the little has what it needs in regards to temperature, food, water, etc.

    The standard wisdom is to let them see each other, then allow them to be together, supervised, once the duckling is as tall as the adults.
     
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  3. innerchild777

    innerchild777 Hatching

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    I could try a dog kennel type deal for baby in the coop. Hmm ill give it a shot!
     

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