the misery of having a lone duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mom 2em All, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I had a single muscovy/runner cross hatch out today. This baby requires constant attention and holding or else it peeps and jumps to leave the brooder until it is exhausted and collapses. Right now I am typing one-handed because I am holding the sleeping duckling in the other.

    I cannot sleep with it.(my cats would LOVE that)...and soon I must go to bed. [​IMG] I feel so bad.
    I was lucky enough to locate a local person with black east indie hatchlings and will be buying some friends tomorrow...but its going to be a lonnnnng night.
    btw- this little fluffbutt is adorable- i believe it is chocolate colored. [​IMG]
     
  2. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Would it help to put a stuffed animal in with it?
     
  3. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    It has Three [​IMG] A dolphin, a bear and hmm a dog, I think. I set it up so it has like a cave to go under and snuggle. But, it wants me in there, too.
     
  4. un-named

    un-named Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't have to work tomorrow! I'll babysit and sleep with it! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    It guess you are gonna have to sleep in the brooder tonight [​IMG]
     
  6. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Try hanging something up in the brooder so it hangs down for the duckling to sit under.

    I use this toy. ( when I am too tired to snuggle them in bed with me - )
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    The lone chick/ duck will stand between the legs - thinking its mom...and when the chick moves- the legs do. Rather than just having a soft toy sitting in a corner- this can give the effect of the toy being alive as it moves.

    Some other ideas for things to use..a clean mop head - the rope kind. - Cut up some rags and tie them into a piece of cardboard so they can dangle down.
     
  7. un-named

    un-named Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:EXCELLENT idea!!!
     
  8. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    thanks everyone.

    I picked up two black east indie ducklings to befriend my lone duckling.

    Now, I have three peeping non-stop, jumping to get out, little baby ducklings instead of just one. [​IMG]

    This is a plan that back-fired. The two new ones look like black jellybeans. SMALLER than my little muscovy-cross. Its amazing how something so little can peep so loud.
     
  9. Lamar Estate

    Lamar Estate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that's just what ducklings do (I really don't know, I'm new to all of this).

    I have plexi-glass mirror used for school lockers inside the ducklings brooder. The ducklings loved pecking at it right away. I also have a huge "mirror" made from some sort of reflective nylon material glued to a plastic sheet. I've also used silver plastic serving platters/trays that I bought at a thrift store. My drake spends a lot of time staring at himself and occasionally tries to nibble the duck staring back at him. The chickens love it, too.

    Besides stuffed animals and a feather duster, I also have fake fur material in the brooder. They like to nestle in it.
     
  10. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

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    Hang a natural feather duster in the brooder; they will hide in it and preen the feathers.
     

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