How to Raise Baby Ducklings

Updated on March 22, 2010

So, you either found a baby duck or multiple baby ducks, or you bought one at a feed store and you need help. I personally found three abandoned ducklings in the middle of a busy intersection and I wanted to share with you how to successfully raise them to adulthood!

1. Ducklings are very possessive. The first thing they see they believe it is their mother. If you are raising multiple ducklings with no mom they will bond together and nothing will tear them apart. If one of your ducklings gets left alone it will quack and peep for hours. If you are only raising one baby duck it will need human bond and become attached to its human handler. Keep in mind if you intend on keeping them as pets or releasing them back in the wild.

2. When they are little ducklings need warmth! Especially, If you only have one. Any heat lamp or lamp will do!

3. Housing. Any storage box will do to house your babies until they are older.You can use cardboard boxes too, but they might get wet, you will have to line the bottom of a cardboard box with a thick layer of newspaper. Any container that will house your baby ducklings will need to be lined. Ducks are the messiest animals I have ever had, they poop everywhere all the time! Also, during feeding times, food gets everywhere, make sure you have time to clean up.

4. Feeding. Ducklings have the biggest appetite in the world. If they don't attack their food as soon as they see it, that usually indicates sickness. It is quit easy to make homemade duck food or you can buy cornmeal or duck starter meal. Corn meal can be found at any grocery store, but duckling food can only be found in tack stores. Make sure not to buy adult waterfowl food for your baby ducklings because it is filled with medicine. Since, baby ducks have such big appetites it is very easy for them to overdose on any adult bird food.

Baby ducklings need a variety of greens and protein in their diet, but it all needs to either be finely chopped or all ground up in a blender. Here are several homemade meals I made my baby ducks on a regular basis.

I would blend a little bit of cat or dog food in a blender with and vegetables, romanian lettuce, spinach, brussel sprouts, cabbage, celery, carrots, broccoli and more. Also, you may include fruit, but not too much because it might increase their droppings and is high in sugar. Some fruits to blend into a mixture are grapes, strawberries, apples, bananas, peaches, tomatoes, pears, and more. You could also add eggs for protein.

For breakfast lunch and dinner, I would open my fridge and grab any of the above ingredients and throw them all into a blender and feed it to my ducklings. Some meals I would focus more on their veggies and greens and other times on their proteins, and sometimes just blended some apples for a little snack. Duckling starter meal is mainly filled with cereals and corn which is not as healthy as making them homemade meals. It might take a little longer, but in the end it leaves to happier ducklings.

Water. Ducklings love water, make sure to keep their water bowls shallow and sturdy. Your ducklings will jump in it every chance they can, and might even get their poop in it. Wet ducklings can lead them to get very cold. You can add some rocks or marbles in their water bowls so they can't jump inside their bowls, and so their bowls won't spill. Ducklings need water to swallow their food. You MUST provide them water when they are eating.

Swimming. Ducklings can swim at day one. You must supervise them when they are swimming, Fill a small tub with lukewarm water, and you can supervise your ducklings swim. When they are young do not let them swim for to long because their body will get to chilled. After they are done with their swim, make sure to dry them off. Once they get older you can let them swim in an inflatable pool.

Once your ducklings get to a couple weeks old you can lets them run free in your backyard. I made my three ducklings an enclosed are in my backyard where they can run free and pick at things on the grand. In the enclosed space I also included a tub that they can drink from and jump into. They also loved to be sprayed with a house. Do not leave your ducklings outside non supervised until they are about a month old. I ended up releasing my ducks into a local lake at three months old. I do not advise you keeping your ducks unless you have a large property for them to roam and a lake. They are very messy animals, and the best place for them would be to live in a lake with other ducks. They adapt very well, so you do not have to worry about them not surviving once you release them back to the wild.

Baby ducks are survivors! The smallest one of the 3 that I found just laid on the side of the road not moving while the other 2 ran around in circles. It looked like he got hit by a car ,or got stuck in a tire. I thought he was dead, but I couldn't just leave the poor guy on the side of the road. Once I got the 3 of them home, the injured one really picked up energy and turned out to be fine. Probably, he was just a little scared, maybe ran under a car. Remember, these guys are survivors!

Make sure to take lots of pictures of them! They grow so fast! If you have any other questions about raising ducklings comment me below! I would be happy to get back to you.


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      Helen 6 weeks ago

      Hi I have 4 baby ducks that was abandoned in a pond the end of nov. I bought chick starter seeds and put in box with heating pad under box on low fed them and gave water with probotic in water. They seem ok never had ducks before. Is there anything else I need to do don't know how old they are guessing 3 weeks.

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      Glenda 7 weeks ago

      Thankyou for yr info. Can u feed them tin fish

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      Austin 3 months ago

      What if you don't have a heating lamp for your duckling at the moment can you use something else a blankets, etc.?

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      Karen 3 months ago

      We just had mum and seven ducklings in our pool. When they got out, mum and six run off. I'm now left with one. We are close to creeks. I did go searching but couldn't find them. I've put it in a container with a black hand towel and small bowl of water. Thought I'd leave it for a hour or so, to settle. Poor little one is so scared and just kept hiding its head...

      Not sure what to do with it? I'll try and look again for mum soon..

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      Melanie 3 months ago

      Mommy left one egg and I helped the baby hatch...egg and baby were both very cold. Duckling is fine now, one day old and seems okay. But I cant get hom to eat or drink water, using a syringe to give him water and trying to feed him with my fingers... any suggestions?

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      Dawn 4 months ago

      Hi, can I get some help on baby duckling I found after hurricane

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      Emily 5 months ago

      I plan on purchasing a few ducklings very soon. I've made all of the necessary preperations, but I have a few questions. One- I am leaving next Sunday for 4 days, and am not sure if I should purchase my ducklings now, or after I return. I intend to from a very strong bond with them, so I am not sure if leaving them so early would be a great idea. However, I am so eager to bring my babies home I am not sure how much longer I can wait!

      Two- I have a very large lake in my backyard, and have frequently seen cranes, ducks, and hawks in that area. Occasionally, I have spotted two or three baby alligators. I'm guessing this isn't the best place for my ducks to swim? I have also purchased a small swimming pool, so should I use that instead of the pond? I don't want anything to happen to them!

      Thanks in advance!


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      ruthe guilllaury 6 months ago

      that was so helpful I just found a baby duck on a street with out its mother crying

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      Jill 6 months ago


      so I am a first time duck parent. and we found 9 baby ducklings on the forth of July weekend. we think momma got hurt with all the traffic and pre fire works going off. unfortunately with all the loud bangs a lot did not make it. we have 4 left and they are very strong and actually seem to be growing already!! now we aren't sure how old but guessing by size and amount fuz they have we are guessing couple weeks. I have a oh I think its 10ft by like 3 foot cage they are in now. with water dish and chick starters food with high protein. theu are also eating bugs though as well. they have a tuperware bucket upside down with a side cut out and blanket in it for shelter. and of course a heat lamp.

      but I think it is time for swim lessons. I am not sure how to go about it. I have a kitty pool but I am afraid that might be to big. also my pin isn't big enough for it to be in there with them. I also want to keep them as non domestic as possible cause I'd like to release them back to the wild.

      I read that you released your after 3 months. my in-laws have a pound in the back yard but they wouldn't be able to be feed regularly or have a shelter there unless the ducks find and built one themself. I've read alot horror stories online now that they won't make it if I let them go...i am confused on what to do and would love some advise all the way around. like I said I am a first time duck parent and didn't expect to become one but want to still give them a good chance at life.

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      Jessicac 6 months ago

      Hello I have what looks like a 3 maybe 4 week old mallard duckling he is very scared I can hardly hold him he trys to bite what can I do to comfort him

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      Kellster 6 months ago

      @Amanda what are you trying to feed it?

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      Amanda 6 months ago

      Ok so my four year old found one. He is active, will drink water, chirps, and fallows her already, but I can't seem to get him to eat. I rub it on the tip of his beak and he may or may not take a lil in and shake his head! What can I do?!

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      Vienna 7 months ago

      What age do they start shedding there baby fur!!

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      Kellster 7 months ago

      Also, ducklings will get cold easily. Make sure they have access to a warm place (cardboard box, etc), and you should set up a heat lamp for them.

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      Kellster 7 months ago

      @Furrylover123 They may be hypoglycemic (low in blood sugar). Try adding some sugar to their water to get their strength up. Also, what are you trying to feed them? Try getting small crickets from your local pet feed store. Baby ducklings will pounce right on the crickets.

      These tips may help too:

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      Furrylover123 7 months ago

      i found two wild ducklings, they are somewhere around two days old. i cant get them to eat on their own or drink water. What should i do?

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      Sheila Scollan 7 months ago

      Thank you for your article, I found it to be very informative and helpful. I don't think we handled the ducks enough when they were babies. They are now 9 weeks old. They are out in the yard with the chickens but we can't get them into the kiddie pool. They will stand beside it and drink out of it but if I try to make a move they run. They are very skittish. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sheila

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      Tina 7 months ago

      Find a baby duck - trying to feed it & it is not interested in food & water - I'm concerned?

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      Shannon 7 months ago

      I found a baby mallard, maybe only a day or two old. I got her the chick starter feed, but she isn't eating. How can I get her to eat?

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      bobby lewis 7 months ago

      My wife found a baby duck. The baby duck mother was trying to kill it so she brought it home. It is real weak. What can she feed it the feed stores are closed.

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      Douglas T Stark 7 months ago

      what happen when a duck is born and no web feet looks almost backwards feet eats well swims well

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      Mike 7 months ago

      Hi I had 12 baby ducks run in my open garage from a busy road their mother is no were to be found I'm keeping them in a box in my spare room for the night to keep them warm do you think they would be OK in the garage or is it to Cold for them at night it 45 degrees at night here

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      Hailey 8 months ago

      Do they have to have a little bit of sand to digest their food?

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      Rebecca 8 months ago

      My daughter brought a duckling home and we fed it hard boiled egg yolk, and he did fine. I bought some exact brand baby bird food and fed it to him. The next day he died. I feel like it's my fault he's dead now...Do you know if the store food killed him?

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      worried Dad 8 months ago

      I have three duck eggs. One hatched while I was at work. A second started Saturday morning it took 24 hours. Since I didn't see the first one I'm not sure if this is normal. It's eyes are still closed and it stays on it's back. And it's feet are not open. Any advise?

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      uttam 8 months ago

      what should i do if my mallard baby duck cant walk?????????

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      Amos 8 months ago

      I have found a baby duck abandon by himself I need to know how to take care of it

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      Debbie 8 months ago

      My ducklings got their tail feathers but one lost them after about a week. Is there something wrong?

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      iki 8 months ago

      I have four ducks and I want to say the normally if their raised by their mom they can't swim until one week but human raised three weeks, if their fur gets matted down it means they don't have their oils and are not ready for water! You might have a different breed, I have Muscovy ducks so they might just be more different than I thought!

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      Rose Wentz 8 months ago

      My husband got 3 ducklings for our granddaughter. After about a month, a dog broke into the pen_ killed 2 and left one wounded. She was heartbroken and is trying to care for that survivor. This was just 2 days ago. The duck started to perk up a little and ate a bit. I wondered if it needed to have moisture on its feathers or not ? The vet said no tylenol. We put neosporin on its hurt body.

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      Sovereignperson 8 months ago

      Thank you for all the great information. My lone baby duckling was abandoned by his mother, as she had only one surviving duckling after hatching too, and guess she didn't want to bother with just the one. I have about 15 adult Muscovies, some male and some female, that live mostly wild around my pond. I am afraid if I turned him loose, even when he is several months old, they will pick on him because he is an outcast. What are your thoughts on this?

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      Amy 9 months ago

      My ducks threw up when i picked them up. Their almost6 weeks old. This is the first time they did this should i worry.

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      Happy idiot 9 months ago

      I found a duck

      egg all alone what shall I do?

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      Bobbie 9 months ago

      I saw only 1 duckling at the feed store so I bought it feeling sorry for it being alone. I bought a baby chick to keep it company. But I have a broody hen thats been on a couple of eggs for 3 weeks. I don't think they are going to hatch! Can I slip these guys in with her??

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      Deanna 9 months ago

      I hatched a pekin duck a day ago and it isn't walking. It moves its legs like it is swimming. It is drinking water and eating I just can't get it to walk.

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      resie williams 9 months ago

      how do i make baby duck food

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      hi my name is Resie 9 months ago

      We have 3 dogs but my Husky is in love with his 6 week baby duck you said dog food puppy food?? can i give the baby duck gerber baby veg and baby fruit ? and how much dog food and how much veg and fruit a day ?

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      Unicorn 9 months ago

      My duck has its skull showing and I don't know what to treat it with also it is bloody

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      kiana moore 9 months ago

      i saw a baby ducklin today on the loor hurt it had a broken foot and wing so i picked it up and took it back to its mum but she just kept on walking but the ducklin couldnt move so will the mother come back to it please i need to know it might be dead now

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      Kyle 11 months ago

      When should the mother and her baby's be separated? We have three adults and they're all very protective of them.

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      Kyli 12 months ago

      I have an arm with no heat on my back yard would it be okay to put them in there with a heat lamp in a aquarium?

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      Trinity taylor 14 months ago

      itaylor I had 3 baby ducklings and 2 died will the 1 survive they are 2 to 3 days old

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      Brian Kapitzke 15 months ago

      The nature reserve next to my home in the vines in wa has a new brood of ducklings each year around sept oct ,in this lot there was 10 but with cats and crows its now 8 . The local children and adults love to feed them and watch their antics .

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      Sofia Reyes 15 months ago

      Hey I just bought a duck it's name is JB it always cry,I always feed it and put some water.

      He just keeps crying and I Don't use any lamp, should I use a lamp please answer really thank you if you answer. WHAT SHOULD I DO

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      Karen 16 months ago

      My son bought me 4 Muscovey ducks they are 11 days old. I live in Michigan on 10 acres with a pond.

      How do I keep the ducklings alive through the winter and let them learn to be on their own. Right now they are in my house at night. That cant last long as I do not want them thinking they belong in the house.

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      Angie 17 months ago

      We raised 5 mallard ducks successfully and it should be said that they are not natural floaters and will drown themselves without the oil that their mothers provide them in the wild. Ducklings in captivity without a duck mother should not be given a pool to swim in right away not until their bodies begin naturally producing the oils needed to float. I have had friends/family who have made this mistake and their ducklings drowned.

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      Connie 18 months ago

      I found a duck looks like he is dying I think his neck is mess up can he can't stand his neck goes side way or back what should I do.

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      Brenda 19 months ago

      We have a pond and we have bought and raised store bought ducklings. This year 3 of the adult ducks have sat on nests and hatched ducklings. Yesterday we watched as the mother ducks led their brood to the pond. Today when I looked at the empty nest there was a newly hatched duckling laying on his open shell. He is too little and can't walk to take him to the pond to join his siblings. What do I do? Can he join them in a few days when he can walk?

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      Makayla 19 months ago

      We found a baby duck just hatching from its egg, and we took care of it inside. He started to fit into the family. We took care of him, fed him, he had water and we even took him outside and stuff and he just followed us... I don't know how old he was... Maybe 3 to 5 weeks maybe.. But we just came home from a rodeo and my aunt finds him dead, in his pin. You could tell he died right after we left because he didn't poop or wasn't in his water... WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO HIM !!!!

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      famidha 19 months ago

      My duck have 6,7 weeks its neck was crossed down what happening to him I don't know. Not eating

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      Brittany Watson 19 months ago

      I found a baby duckling which I thought was dead. ( his siblings did not make it) brought him home and he seems to be making a turn for the better. I'm thinking he may only be a day old. Any advise? Not sure about keeping him as a pet. Would like to eventually let him free in a bear by pond with other ducks.

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      Tammy Owen 20 months ago

      We have a baby duck 3 days old we found it half hatched and mom took off and left it and 5 eggs behind the eggs were not alive, how do we get this duck to eat on its own without hand feeding it it doesn't seem interested in the food or water and chirps all day long. Please help I don't want him/her to die

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      AgriculturalAdventurer 20 months ago

      Hi, I attend an agricultural centre and there are pens fulll of ducklings, and there is one duckling in particular that stood out from the rest, as it cannot walk or stand, and it is always very cold. It is the runt of the litter and I was just wondering if you could help me:

      1. Is there a connection betwween it being cold and it being unable to walk?

      2. Is there any way I can help it to begin to walk/stand?

      3. Is there any way I can warm it up?

      4. If it gets pushed out of the way by the other ducklings, should I put it into a seperate pen?

      5. If I need to place it near the hottest part of the body, what would this part be and would it be safe and hygenic?

      6. Will these ailments prevent it from living for long?

      Please reply ASAP (as soon as possible) as I am returning next week and I dread to think if it is alive or not.

      Many Thanks


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      Lea Sea 20 months ago

      The baby mallard ducks need plenty of heat, or they will die. Their mother's oil and heat protected them, and without that, they are very vulnerable.

      My mallard duck did not eat any flock raiser or chick start, but he loved the little crickets we got at the feed store. After getting into his water bowl,

      we did not get him dry enough or warm enough, and he died within 45 minutes. He was hopping and peeping all day yesterday, but he got too cold this morning, seemed a little too sleepy, not at all like yesterday, and now he's gone. We are very sad. Very few mallard babies make it without Mom's oil and warmth. He spent all his energy trying to get away, and not wanting to eat, until we got the crickets. We should not have let him get too wet, it stole his body heat and nothing we could do, too late for sugar water. Very sad.

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      Arif rustam 20 months ago

      I have two ducklings their hair are little bit gone i dont know what to do to make them grow well and strong can u tell me how to make them grow fast and be healthy

      If u can help please help

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      Allen johnson 20 months ago

      Hi! We have this small 1/2 acre pond so just this past week purchased 3 ducklings to release there after they are old enough to survive Hawks & other prey. We have a few mallards and pair of geese that come and (mostly) stay away, and were told that this breed of white ducks would tend to stay around. The question is, at what age, or weight, would they be safe from the neighborhood hawk, who does a marvelous job in keeping the squirrel population under control? Thanks for your advice!

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      Jenn 20 months ago


      I think I made a fatal flaw... I fed some ducklings finely chopped up egg, but I didn't know about the mandatory water until I read this post. 3 of the ducklings passed away. I assume it was my fault because I didn't put out water?

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      verity 21 months ago

      Hi!Today I found a duck egg I took it home but don't know what to do I have put it in a cardboard box with lights and warmth but what do I do now?!

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      tory 21 months ago

      Where can you buy a duckling that is near Boston, MA

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      sepehr 22 months ago

      I just got a baby duck and it fur it kinda burnt and when it closes its eyelids it looks dirty. Is it sick? because it does not exactly attack its food

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      Desiree 22 months ago

      I just bought 2 ducks from the feed store a few days ago I allow them to swim in the sink and I give them plenty of fresh cool water but they wont eat!!! I'm feeding them with Chick starter which the store and many websites said to be alright but they just don't seem too interested. Could it be that they are just scared from finding a new home?? After all they are full of energy and don't seem sickly...

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      ryan 2 years ago

      hi is ducklings able to sleep in Aircon room ??

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      Teri 2 years ago

      Good afternoon, somebody brought me black-bellied whistling duck they found no parents around. I grounded spinach,kale,carrots,squash (basically the same chop I make for my parrot to eat) added in a few of the organic natural pellets I also feed to my parrot. Had the mix soupy he seemed to really like it the first day on the second not so much by the afternoon all he wanted to do was snuggle in my hand and sleep, if I put him down to walk he would follow me if I didn't go to far lean up against my foot and go to sleep. He was found on a sat. afternoon brought to me on Sunday and he passed away about 9:30pm on Tuesday. Only had the little darling for a short time but I was so in love with it and feel horrible about it not making it. Any suggestions?

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      dakota 2 years ago

      i have 3 baby ducklings and every thing u said related to my ducks this was very use full thank u

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      Leeann Wilson 2 years ago

      Hello my daughter has 4 ducklings that are 2 weeks old now and this morning so put them in the bath tub for a swim and my daughter put in a container so that the babies could stand on it if they wanted to . Well one of the ducklings decided to go on the container and feel back into the water and swallow a lot of water and now his ^her stomach is bloated so how do you releave the bloating

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      jennifer 2 years ago

      we just found this little baby duckling I think it's a mallard looks to be about maybe a week old and I know nothing about ducks if you could comment back or email me that'd be cool

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      ras020443 2 years ago

      Mr and Mrs Duck have 10 2 day old baby Mallards in our large back yard with a pond. The neighbors cat got one yesterday. The neighbor is trying to control her two cats. Don't know if she will be successful but how long before the ducklings can survive on their own?

      Thank you,

      Ron and Lynn

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      Aj 2 years ago

      We have a Pekin duck and shes gonna have babies soon, we keep them in the back yard and last year the little ones got got. This year i need to know if we should separate the babies from the mother or put them all up together so nothing gets the babies?! Pleeeeeease help!!!!!! Email me if you can help me at

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      joanna 2 years ago

      On Thursday night this past week we were in the sonic drive in parking lot it was a storm coming through and to the right of us we noticed this baby bird (we thought ) but come to find out it was a baby mallard duckling we picked it up and brought it home not knowing a thing about raising a duckling the next day we went to the feed store and picked up some chic starter. I showed pictures to the employees and they said it couldn't be more than a week old. It is eating and drinking, swimming in a cake pan (lol) we don't have a heat lamp so we have a towel covered over a heating pad In a tote. Any suggestions? Would appreciate any advise, thank you

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      CoolJ 2 years ago

      I found a duck egg and It hatches and is surviving

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      Melanie 2 years ago

      I bought three ducklings from a feed store and the two older ones died. The one that was only three days old when I bought it is still aliv, but I'm scared of it dying!!!!

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      CMC 3 years ago

      I just got three baby ducks about 2 weeks ago. They are less than 3 weeks old. I take them on walks every day. 3 days ago, I woke to find one on her back. She had no control over her muscles. From everything I read, I believe she was poisoned with botulism. One of the areas they had played in the day before was a garden with mulch, shade, and frequently damp. Apparently, a breeding ground for botulism. I read that I could possibly flush her system with a mixture of epson salt and water. I purchased some nutrients for her water. I have been feeding her duckling food softened in water, the nutrients have been added to her water, and the salt water. I feed her about every 30 -60 minutes / 24/7. She appears to be getting a tad better each day - although it is hard to be sure.

      My questions are, has anyone else had this experience? How much food should I be giving her (it is a bit forced), and how often? I appreciate any and all advice. I don't want to lose the duckling.


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      chelsea 3 years ago

      I have 3 new ducklings I just hatched.. After they swim for a few mins they have almost like snot for come out for just a minute? Is this bad? My older ducks had it too but are perfectly fine now, I would really just like to know why

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      ty abbott 3 years ago

      I had two ducks5 months old. One was killed by a stray dog. The other hardly eats, runs around the yard looking for its buddy. Will he be ok

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      Ally 3 years ago

      I have a baby duckling like yours how big did they get in the end

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      Lydia 3 years ago

      Hello there, I have just bought two baby ducklings, who appear to be in perfect health but the mallard female has a badly runny nose, and sneezes. I've heard they can get salmonella, and that scares me the most because she has sneezes on my too many times to count. Is it possible that she just has a cold?

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      3 years ago

      Just so all of you are aware it is ILLEGAL to possess wildlife unless you have a rehabilitation permit. Ducklings that are abandoned by their mothers may look fine one moment but then go into shock a few minutes later. Please, if you find orphaned ducklings hand them over to your local wild rehabber.

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      Stacy 3 years ago

      My cat found a duckling and wanted to attack but we stopped her and rescued the duck. This time of year the ducks come around to find their nests so we were sure there was one close by that this little guy came from, but we didn't hear any noises nor saw any other ducklings. We even walked over to the pond to check and nothing. We took him home and discovered his webbing was cut, probably sliced it from running. I hope that won't affect him later on. We bought duck food from the feed store and a light. He's doing very well and loves him temporary home. He had his first swim yesterday, it was very cute to watch. Not sure how old he is, but still very young as he's very tiny. Since we want to release him into the pond near our house I don't want to handle him too much. Is that wrong? He likes to snuggle in my hair and pick at my moles thinking they are food. I feel sorry for the guy since he's all alone. When will I know when he's ready to be released?

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      Anna 3 years ago

      I have two young ducks and I am going on vacation for two weeks. Are they going to be ok if I leave? Will they love the person who will be taking care of them more than me when I get back?

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      jazmin 3 years ago

      Hey what if you have two ducks and the grow a bond and then one of them dies what happens? Please text back

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      daeun 3 years ago

      umm when i give water and food ther jump into me

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      Ngahana 4 years ago

      Hi, Does the food have to be cooked and blended or is it okay to give them uncooked and blended?


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      Stranger 4 years ago

      Hey Lola! My ducklings seem like they caught a cold. They seem weak. They fall down while drying themselves/ rubbing bills with feathers and are not able to get back up. They also seem to have eye infection because their eyes are swollen. They cheap/ beep a lot. I also have chickens and chicks (chicks are 5 months at least). The ducklings keep coming out of their water container and don't wanna swim. They don't look very well and i feel very sorry for them. Another problem is that i don't have a heat lamp and need a primitive alternate. will an electric heater do? i think they are not getting enough niacin either. Please help me with these problems cuz its quiet cold and the ducks were so fun to have around. they are probably 2-4 weeks now

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      Jackie 4 years ago

      Hi! I found an abandoned duckling today all alone. I have tried to find its mother but no luck yet. I know nothing about ducks but the area I live in has lots of cougars, bear, bobcats and hawks and I really don't want to release it into the wild. The problem is it is very distressed and chirping like crazy. It is obviously quite scared and I have no idea how to calm it down. It is jumping around, trying to get away and it`s breaking my heart :( I really don`t want to see it hurt itself. Any suggestions? I just want what is best for it and I really don't think releasing it is the way to go yet!

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      joe 4 years ago

      I got two baby pekins. I have chickes but im hearin its a lot harder to have ducks.

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      victoria 4 years ago


      You CAN pick the ducklings up when they are a few days old. It does not hurt them. Just be sure to keep the one you are holding close to the mum and other ducklings so that it can see the others. Hope I helped you!

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      Felicity Davis 4 years ago

      Hia, my girl ducks have laid a clutch of eggs and they have been fertilised by the drake ducks, approxomatly 10 have hatched and I didn't know if it is possible if you can hold them when they are just a couple of days old with their mummy sitting on them to keep them warm?

      I hope you can answer my question:')

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      211046 4 years ago

      can you feed a duckling chick starter food? please help!! Im getting ducklings soon. thanks!

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      211046 4 years ago

      very helpful

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      Andreea 4 years ago

      Hi, I also found a little baby duckling, probably a mallard-it's the most common in my country, and took him home. I have been feeding him for the past 5 days since I took him, egg yolk hard boiled, letuce and corn flour. He is very vivid and loud, he cries when someone is not there with him. Suddenly, today, he was not so animated like the past days, he eats properly-he poops normaly, he drinks plenty of water, but he sleeps more than he did these days, during daytime. I got very worried thinking he got sick, I searched the internet but I found nothing very specific about his condition. I hope it is just a phase and that tomorrow he will be better. Still, what is your opinion?

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      Allison 4 years ago

      My 2 sisters found a nest in our backyard, under our treehouse, by our creek, and our dog got an egg and she picked it up and gave it to us, but that was the only one she gave to us and she crushed the rest if them, but now we're taking care of at least one!!!! I really want to take care the other eggs though

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      maddy s 4 years ago

      me and my friend found an abandoned duckling at the park we are only 10 so this helped a lot. but my friend dropped it and we think its neck and leg is hurt please help

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      sophia 4 years ago

      If u r only going to have them when their babies will they learn how to live in the wild or do u have to teach them

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      Mack 4 years ago

      What happens when your duck decides that it would like to fly away? Or will it just stay with you?

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      I read that a duck cant survive in the wild once it imprints on a human do you know if this is true?

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      lidia 5 years ago

      i just found a baby duck in my backyard i don't know how it got there but it did, It lets me pick it up but it bites and it hasn't eaten since i found it.. What can i do to keep this duck alive because it won't eat

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      Rusticbliss 5 years ago

      I am homeschooling my 5 year old daughter. We live in Florida on the water. Recently we saw a mama duck with 3 babies. They were so beautiful.

      After seeing how interested my daughter became- my husband and I thought it would be a great life andw learning experience to hatch duckling eggs.

      We found a place online that sells fertilized duck eggs. We read how to care for them. But my question is- after the ducklings are about 8 weeks old and can fly- how sure are we that the other duck families in our area will accept the new ducks? I have read different views and I am wondering if there is a solid answer on the matter.


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      New the duck world 5 years ago

      My baby duck has bad dihahrea?

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      Helia B 5 years ago

      Hi, i have a duckling, and Im not sure how old he is, i have to questions,

      1. how can u guess the gender?

      2. his nasals have been filled and he kinda makes noises when breathing, is that normal??

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      Erin 5 years ago

      I just found a baby ducky and I'm raising it alone. What do I do for sleep?

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