Thinking About Adopting a Duckling?
A couple of months ago, my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to adopt a duckling. The next day, we went to a local pet store that carried the adorable little fuzz balls (some might call this behavior impulsive or irresponsible) and picked up a baby duckling which we carefully named... Wait for it... 'Ducky'. Yes, after careful consideration, we named the duckling 'Ducky'.
It wasn't until we had this amazing/adorable little creature that we began to do our research. We immediately realized that we needed to get Ducky a friend. Ducklings are social birds and this means that if they do not have another duck to hang out with, they will need to hang out with you. All the time. Or else your little feathered friend will go awol and scream, quack, cry, whine and wreak all sorts of havoc until you are back by his/her side. Therefore; it is very unadvisable that you purchase only a single duckling! If you choose to do so, be prepared to spend the rest of your pets life being clung to by the neediest friend you will ever encounter.
Your baby duck will be much happier, as well as a lot less stressed out, if he or she has a friend! But, just as they attach themselves to humans if kept alone, they will attach themselves to their new friend, so good look separating them for any reason whatsoever $6!
As soon as I told my father I had bought a couple of ducklings he told me that it was a mistake. He said that ducks are loud and poop a lot, which I understood and was prepared to handle. Or so I thought.
These ducklings, in their little box, with their little heat light, all snuggled up, pooped... A lot! It was unbelievable how much ducklings can produce over the course of a single night! Their box would be nearly spotless when we put them down for the night but, sure enough, by morning the majority of the box floor was covered. Once we let them stay outside full time they began to do the same thing to the yard.
If you are considering, or already have adopted a couple of ducklings, be ready to clean a lot of feces.
When your ducklings begin to outgrow their box or whatever you may be housing them in, they will need a yard that is enclosed as well as some sort of coop where they can sleep and seek shelter. If you live in a neighborhood, this may be a little hard to achieve. We kept our ducklings in the back yard of our home located in a neighborhood with rather strict HOA rules. The yard is enclosed by solid brick fencing, and they had plenty of room to roam and play, as well as a 2 ring pool where they could swim and drink (both are crucial to a ducks livelihood). There was nothing dissatisfying about the yard to our ducks, but, as animals tend to be, they were loud. They began to try out their new "quacking" ability and the neighbors, along with the HOA, were not too pleased with the duck's singing performance.
Make sure that you are able to keep your feathery friends around once they are fully grown, because it was a rather sad lesson to have to learn.
Home Sweet Home
When our ducks were finally able to get along without any help, we had to find them a new home, considering the HOA wasn't too fond of them, so we decided the best place to take them was the local park so that they could socialize with the other ducks and be relatively taken care of.
I strongly advise having a new home set up for your ducklings before you bring them home. There is always a chance that they may become too expensive, too loud, too much of a handful, or any other amount of problems. Ducks need lots of water (unless they are Indian Runner ducks) and will not be completely satisfied until they have it! You must be able to accommodate these duckies, and their personalities!
Just leave a comment if you have any other questions about raising ducklings, please! Raising ducklings does not have a very high success rate, so if problems begin to arise, leave a comment or call a local animal hospital if it seems serious.