In the Brooder
- Dec 3, 2015
In early December one of my 5 week old khaki campbell ducklings was injured in a duck stampeed. At first she was only able to walk on her hocks. Now 5 weeks later she walks upright on her feet. She walks very slowly and loses her balance sometimes. I named her G.G. (Good Girl) because I would call her that everytime I handled her after accident and she would wag her tail each time I said it. I am amazed by her progess. And so glad I didn't give up on her. I have her seperated from the flock since her injury. She has an enclosed kennel run in adjacent to the duck pen. She shares the coop in a seperate area. She has visual of the flock at all times.She gets swimmtime in a high trough where the other ducks can come up to her but not get in the water. She loves that! I allow her supervised time out with the flock. The other ducks will always at some point go after her and knock her down. I always intervene quickly. When free ranging under supervision she will walk herself back to her kennel when she's had enough time out of her kennel. I am so in love with her and really dedicated to helping her be happy. I'm not sure she will ever fully recover to where she is 100%. I'm hoping to hear from anyone who has ever been able to successfully reintroduce a duck after being seperated from the flock for a long time. Has anyone been in a situation where they had a duck in the living arrangements where they were by themselves, but could see the flock thru fencing and supervised interaction? I'm so hoping that one day I can reintroduce her and have a hard time telling which one is her. But I'm not so sure that is realistic. Any suggestions to help her be happy is greatly appreciated.