I found three ducklings and wanted to share how I successfully raised them.
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!
- 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 a 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.
- When they are little ducklings, they need warmth! Especially if you only have one. Any heat lamp or lamp will do!
- 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.
- 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 quite easy to make homemade duck food, or you can buy cornmeal or duck starter meal. Cornmeal 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 regularly.
- I would blend a little bit of cat or dog food in a blender with and vegetables, Romanian lettuce, spinach, Brussels 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 leads to happier ducklings.
- 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.
Ducklings can swim on 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 too long because their body will get too 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 let them run free in your backyard. I made my three ducklings an enclosed area 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 three that I found just laid on the side of the road not moving while the other two 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 below! I would be happy to get back to you.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2010 LolaSmith777
Tonya on June 26, 2020:
Hello i just found a baby duck in the road only 1. If i take care of him for next couple months will he still be able to be taken by other ducks to be free? I just dont want him not to learn how to be a duck because he doesnt have any siblings?
Adnil5 on June 15, 2020:
My baby duckling got something in his eye I think he's going blind or they anything that I can do
Taha Bekdash on June 04, 2020:
I have a little duck and she was running and eating 2 weeks later she was still and not running, I tried feeding her she didn’t eat. Can any one reply please.
hi on May 16, 2020:
Gshshshh this weekend so rubbish
Tracy on August 30, 2019:
My husband and I rescued a lone Millard duckling on the main road in Australia. We have named her Milly Web! (Millard, web feet) They are very messy poopers, I put her in a spare Guinea pig cage, straw lines the bottom on one side the other side food & water, everything they eat they need a small bowl of water next to in order to digest the food, no matter the size of water container they are going to try take a swim haha. Keep them warm, I used my adjustable electric wrap on a very low heat. My duckling loved cottage cheese, boiled egg cut up into small pieces, absolutely loved dog biscuits (kibble) soaked in boiling water to soften mashed with potatoe masher put in a bowl, not hot but slightly warm, also did a mixture of salad leaves, egg, banana, a bit of water in blender served in a bowl. I pulled some long grass, sprouted seeds, from garden ripped into small pieces with salad leaves dropped around her. Hope this info helps someone as I have never had a duckling before! Give them lots of cuddles slightly pull feathers they think you are Mom grooming them haha
Baby WoodDuck on July 01, 2019:
Hi, I just rescued one wood duckling (we waited the whole day to see if any mama ducks came, none did) and I took her home. It’s been about a da6 and whenever i put he away, she screams a lot. Since it was a holiday, all stores were closed, and we couldn’t get her any feed. She is eating some mealworms and some fish flakes. Is there anything I could do to make her stop yelling, and something else I could try to feed her that is safe? Please reply soon, very thankful.
Shirley on April 30, 2019:
I have these two sister ducks they are sharing a nest in a plastic box . One egg hatched and I thought how do they eat and drink . I had to change the nesting box so the little duckling could get out . Now I’m worried. Will they be ok.
Diana on April 22, 2019:
Someone put 2 ducklings in my backyard chicken coop with my Easter Egger chicken Gertrude that is fenced in. They couldn't be more than 3 days old as I have compared them to pics of week old ducklings. I think I going to have to do the same and try to raise them and release them. I just bought 4 baby chick pullets.
Aofia Matavao on October 26, 2018:
We found a baby duckling when we were walking along the beach we saw it stuck under a rock we took it home and we gave it some food but it won’t eat anything what can we do to make it eat?
Othniel on October 12, 2018:
a Mother duck with her baby ducks came walking into my yard one day there were 9 baby ducks . The mother flew away after 3 hours , she left the baby ducks behind so we took care of . We didn't know what they so we fed them bread that we teared into small pieces. After a few days up to now we are stuck with 3 ducklings left . This morning when I checked on them 3 passed on .I was real sad ,but your essay really helped thanks
echo on September 26, 2018:
so I want to do a duckling science project where I bring it to school with me and stuff do you think it'll be ok and do I have to bring a little bowl of water and a baggy of food with me? I mean I probably obviously do but I just want to know how to take care of it at school.
Carmen on August 10, 2018:
This one i have was found in a town yard. Only a few days old at the time. I believe now about 3weeks. Starting to have tail feathers. I've been feeding it earth worms non med chick stater and broken up egg shells. I have it in a big rubbermaid tote and heat lamp. Yesterday i put a smaller tote in there and filled it with lake water and it had lake shrimp in it. He went wild, loved it. I live at the lake but wondering if he'll make it alone if i release him?
Jacob wehrspann on August 02, 2018:
Bill Carson on August 01, 2018:
Hey, thanks for the info. I grabbed 3 baby ducks out of 12-14 a few hours ago. We've had up to 45 finches at one time, but that was years ago and your essay helps. We still have a 2' cage. Your article helps us figure out what to feed them.
Jen Arredondo on July 31, 2018:
So my husband brought home a baby duck from the ball park. He said a guy there told him the duckling had been out in the parking lot for quite some time alone. He doesn't want to eat. But he sure is vocal. How do I get him to eat? We have him in an old uncovered 50 gallon fish tank, lined with clean towels, some veey finely chopped hardboiled egg with some romain lettuce and corn processed in my food processor, a very shallow dish of water and a protable garage lamp for heat. He is yellow and brown. Much like the ones in your cover photo.
phil on July 30, 2018:
my baby ducks keep pooping in the water bowl and eating it....how can I stop this and is it safe?
tessa on July 25, 2018:
thank you soo much this helped me out soo much i found my baby duckling in the road
Gina on July 10, 2018:
I too found 3 ducklings alone in my yard. We have no clue how they got there. We have a large yard but are surround by corn fields and the nearest water source for a duck is about a mile away. They are doing very well in my care but some day I do want to release them at a local lake my quest is will they learn to fly
Holden Collins on July 05, 2018:
what to feed baby black bellied whistling ducks I have 2 and don't know what to feed them because there not eating and I just got them to day
Sam Craddock on June 24, 2018:
So i had to rescue a baby duck from the river as pike tried eating it i got a big cardboard boxs with bit sttaw in and small bowl with water in and i hand feed bob tourpedo what i named him some oats in water have i done correct please
Jordyn on June 04, 2018:
So I found a baby duck on the sidewalk its not hurt or anything but I dont know what to feed it I only have one. Also how often can I pick up the duckling its only about 2- 3 days old
Rajiv on June 02, 2018:
What is food cost everyday for one egg purpose duck?
Robug on May 30, 2018:
How do you keep them safe from predators?
Abdul hafeez on May 11, 2018:
What we can do when ducks don't eat anything.I have two baby ducks but they are not eating .
Kerri on April 26, 2018:
Hi. I just had one baby duckling hatch. One died already right after hatching. There are 4 left to hatch. Will my one duck survive until the rest hatch? I don't see any place on the eggs where they might be going to hatch any time soon. I am very worried about my one duckling. Any advise. Thanks!!!
anastasia on April 26, 2018:
why would the baby ducks perpasly make a mess in their water dish? the water is on wood chips and when i go to clean it and there is water under their bedding why would they do that?they also have a heat-lamp
Katie1115 on April 13, 2018:
So my male just died .. Don't know how .. And the female is crying .. She was 7 weeks on Wednesday .. Should I get her some babies?? Or would she kill them?
Katherine on April 13, 2018:
So my male just died .. Don't know how .. And the female is crying .. She was 7 weeks on Wednesday .. Should I get her some babies?? Or would she kill them?
Vex Kamara on April 13, 2018:
I'm secretly keeping some ducks from my parents. To keep them warm, do they huddle up together or do they need a heat blanket or something?
Euri on April 12, 2018:
One of my ducklings have dry spots under her eyes like when a dog's eye waters and creates something like a crust. Its this OK, do they cry? Also, I'm feeding them start and grow but their poop is runny and always very dark. This is my first time raising ducklings so I know nothing about what's normal or what's not. I raised chicks but their poop is totally different.
amanda powers on March 28, 2018:
My husband says holding them too much will make them sick and they won’t survive? We got 4 mallard ducklings today. One of them isn’t as peppy as the others and it’s got my nervous. My husband told me he didn’t think he would make it to the end of the week. I loved him because of his laid back personality and the cutest little white fuzz all on top of his head haha. I really hope this isn’t true.
Sandy smith on March 10, 2018:
My Son bought some baby ducks from town, they are growing really good, I noticed one had the fuzz coming off its back, what is wrong
Kim on March 03, 2018:
Are they free range after they are big enough to be outside? What would they need to sleep in as adults
shafiu abdullahi garba on February 21, 2018:
can i feed them with chick food
RHODS on February 03, 2018:
Can I Hold ducks cause I want them to follow me and pet them.
Helen on November 28, 2017:
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.
Austin on October 12, 2017:
What if you don't have a heating lamp for your duckling at the moment can you use something else a blankets, etc.?
Karen on September 27, 2017:
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..
Melanie on September 26, 2017:
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?
Dawn on September 12, 2017:
Hi, can I get some help on baby duckling I found after hurricane
Emily on July 21, 2017:
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!
ruthe guilllaury on July 07, 2017:
that was so helpful I just found a baby duck on a street with out its mother crying
Jill on July 06, 2017:
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.
Jessicac on July 05, 2017:
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
Kellster on June 28, 2017:
@Amanda what are you trying to feed it?
Amanda on June 27, 2017:
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?!
Vienna on June 18, 2017:
What age do they start shedding there baby fur!!
Kellster on June 08, 2017:
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.
Kellster on June 08, 2017:
@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: https://www.tractorsupply.com/know-how_pets-livest...
Furrylover123 on June 01, 2017:
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?
Sheila Scollan on June 01, 2017:
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
Tina on May 31, 2017:
Find a baby duck - trying to feed it & it is not interested in food & water - I'm concerned?
Shannon on May 28, 2017:
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?
bobby lewis on May 27, 2017:
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.
Douglas T Stark on May 25, 2017:
what happen when a duck is born and no web feet looks almost backwards feet eats well swims well
Mike on May 23, 2017:
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
Hailey on May 18, 2017:
Do they have to have a little bit of sand to digest their food?
Rebecca on May 17, 2017:
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?
worried Dad on May 14, 2017:
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?
uttam on May 11, 2017:
what should i do if my mallard baby duck cant walk?????????
Amos on May 07, 2017:
I have found a baby duck abandon by himself I need to know how to take care of it
Debbie on May 06, 2017:
My ducklings got their tail feathers but one lost them after about a week. Is there something wrong?
iki on May 02, 2017:
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!
Rose Wentz on April 30, 2017:
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.
Sovereignperson on April 23, 2017:
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?
Amy on April 20, 2017:
My ducks threw up when i picked them up. Their almost6 weeks old. This is the first time they did this should i worry.
Happy idiot on April 20, 2017:
I found a duck
egg all alone what shall I do?
Bobbie on April 18, 2017:
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??
Deanna on April 16, 2017:
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.
resie williams on April 13, 2017:
how do i make baby duck food
hi my name is Resie on April 12, 2017:
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 ?
Unicorn on April 12, 2017:
My duck has its skull showing and I don't know what to treat it with also it is bloody
kiana moore on April 11, 2017:
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
Kyle on February 09, 2017:
When should the mother and her baby's be separated? We have three adults and they're all very protective of them.
Kyli on January 07, 2017:
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?
Trinity taylor on October 23, 2016:
itaylor I had 3 baby ducklings and 2 died will the 1 survive they are 2 to 3 days old
Brian Kapitzke on October 17, 2016:
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 .
Sofia Reyes on October 11, 2016:
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
Karen on September 15, 2016:
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.
Angie on August 11, 2016:
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.
Connie on July 03, 2016:
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.
Brenda on June 13, 2016:
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?
Makayla on June 10, 2016:
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 !!!!
famidha on June 05, 2016:
My duck have 6,7 weeks its neck was crossed down what happening to him I don't know. Not eating
Brittany Watson on June 02, 2016:
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.
Tammy Owen on May 26, 2016:
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
AgriculturalAdventurer on May 21, 2016:
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.
Lea Sea on May 16, 2016:
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.
Arif rustam on May 15, 2016:
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
Allen johnson on May 01, 2016:
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!
Jenn on April 26, 2016:
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?
verity on April 24, 2016:
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?!
tory on April 22, 2016:
Where can you buy a duckling that is near Boston, MA
sepehr on March 19, 2016:
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
Desiree on March 18, 2016:
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...
ryan on July 30, 2015:
hi is ducklings able to sleep in Aircon room ??
Teri on July 22, 2015:
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?
dakota on June 29, 2015:
i have 3 baby ducklings and every thing u said related to my ducks this was very use full thank u
Leeann Wilson on June 15, 2015:
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
jennifer on May 12, 2015:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org