Hi Forum, I'm new in here. Found the BackYardChickens website looking for info on Mallard ducklings, food, etc. This little guy we have was found cowering in a busy drive, alone and apparently deserted by mama and rest of the brood(We searched the area quite awhile trying to find his family). I would guess his age to be around one week. Here in this part of Western Michigan we have a lot of Mallards nesting everywhere and I'm quite sure he is a Mallard. He doesn't at all look like photos of baby Wood Ducks who also nest in this area. He/she has been really struggling and learning to live in our environment. We have been feeding hard boiled egg yolk, shredded carrot, and crushed eggshell, mixed together in a watery puree. The little guy will eat OK but has some definite issues standing upright and walking without falling over. There seems to be no obvious leg injury(s), his biggest problem was keeping warm. We have put a 75 watt lamp over the big plastic clothes basket he has been calling home the last six days. He gets to swim in our little outdoor lily pond when the weather is nice. He seems to really like that, except that he comes out looking like a drowned duck, cold and wet, so I have not been letting him swim when it's not very warm out. Biggest issue has been him losing balance and falling over. Sometimes he doesn't have strength to right himself for a while and just lays there kicking in the air. This seems to happen more when he is wet and cold. Hopefully, it's a condition he will outgrow. It may well be why he was abandoned in the first place. Nature is cruel to those who can't keep up. I would appreciate any suggestions on how I can best accommodate this guy and meet his needs. I don't think I'm the first person to have taken in a lost stray duck, but I have no experience at all dealing with poultry. Any suggestions on how I should proceed? At some point I expect we will be releasing him back into the wild since Mallards are migratory, but at this point survival in a human environment is his immediate problem. Thanks for any suggestions.