• Rescued this duckling, advice needed.
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I went to help my grandmother today who has a house by the riverside. We went outside to the garden because she wanted to show me a duck with it's babies. Then she noticed there was a new duckling with the others (probably lost it's mother), the little duckling was following the mother and almost die in the progress, the mother rejected the little one and almost killed it, I could rescue it before it was too late. So now I have this duckling. I gave it water and some biscuits-milk mix. It eats and drinks and sleeps so I think it'll be alright. I have bought a heat lamp and it sleeps underneath that. Any tips? Here's the little bugger: [t]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49828537/misc/myduckling.JPG[/t]
D'aww! Keep him.
[QUOTE=Staneh;36132649]D'aww! Keep him.[/QUOTE] I will! Anyone got any tips?
Train him to do tricks! Or you could convert him to whatever ideology suits you.
Oh god, look at its little bill, that is adorable.
My mom used to find and raise abandoned ducklings all the time, I'll ask her when she gets home.
To keep a duck as a pet, begin by asking yourself the following questions: Do I have enough space to keep several ducklings happy? [B]Ducks are social birds and should not be raised alone.[/B] You will need at least a minimum space of 10 feet per adult duck. Is my yard a good home? Ducks will need shelter and a place to swim. Can I keep them safe? Ducks have several natural predators: owls, hawks, foxes, snapping turtles, dogs, etc. Providing them with a large source of water can help protect them during the day. [URL="http://www.howtodothings.com/pets-and-animals/a3728-how-to-raise-a-duck-as-a-pet.html"]Sourcel[/URL] Not sure how it works, but I think you'll have to keep him and take care of him till he dies. Still cute as hell.
Guess I'll start digging a pond :v:
[url]http://liveducks.com/[/url] Perhaps this page could have some useful information.
Do you plan on keeping it or releasing it when it can fly? When ours got big enough we took them to nature sanctuaries.
[QUOTE=Keegs;36133894]Do you plan on keeping it or releasing it when it can fly? When ours got big enough we took them to nature sanctuaries.[/QUOTE] I'll probably keep it, we got the space and it's just too cute.
[QUOTE=kirederf7;36133905]I'll probably keep it, we got the space and it's just too cute.[/QUOTE] No arguments there, ducklings are incredibly cute. Out of curiosity, do you know what breed it is?
[QUOTE=Ducks_own;36133953]No arguments there, ducklings are incredibly cute. Out of curiosity, do you know what breed it is?[/QUOTE] No idea, probably just a wild duck like these. [IMG]http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/willow/duck-info3.gif[/IMG]
Is it a boy or a girl?
Keep it, feed it, love it and then when all the cuteness fades, eat it!
I know that a number of bird species will engage in infanticide when they begin to see their offspring as not worth the investment of parental effort. In the cases I am familiar with, it is the offspring that demand more from their parents that are dispatched with. Why they bother with killing them rather than simply withholding care I'm not sure. Perhaps because the chicks at that point are both a pest and a hinderance. Duck Mothers are dicks.
Make balut out of it.
AWWWW shit nigga, duckling master itt: What you do: If you found it, its probably wild. If it's wild it's illegal to keep it. If it's wild it's a Mallard hybrid, definitely not pure (Based on down color, beak color, etc.), if domestic it could be a number of breeds but most likely a cross between two breeds. What I think you have here is a wild mutt duckling, very common actually, some suggest that pure mallard breeds are extinct and all existing "wild mallards" are actually crosses and the gene pool has been irreversibly polluted. If it isn't injured, then all you have to do is feed it duck starter for a while and it will live fine. Baby ducklings need a temperature of 90-100 degrees for about 2 weeks and then the temperature can go down. If you are it's only companion, it will imprint on you and follow you around. Keeping a wild duckling may be a drag for you. For starters, every night when you go to bed the duckling will yell incessantly for you. Second, if it is a wild mutt, it will fly away soon after maturing. Third, wild birds are easily distinguished from domestics, you may get a large fine for keeping the bird if you are caught. Fourth, if you live in the city, your city may not allow domestic fowl because of noise. Ducks aren't that loud, but may be a problem for your neighbors. You may receive another large fine on top of the one for harboring a wild bird. Basically, just feed it chicken/turkey/duck starter feed, powdered first because he's still small (or grind it up yourself). Keep it at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Give it water, but put it in a container that he cannot spill (it's a pain in the ass to clean up). Its risky to do this. and he will probably leave you when he grows up. DO NOT feed it bread as a staple or lots of carbohydrates, you'll give it angel wing and various muscle/bone deformities. The feed and some greens should be his staple diet with bread or other things thrown in as a treat.
Kill it and eat it like your ancestors did.
On an unrelated note, OP and I have the exact same thumb.
I remember when my parents bought a couple of ducklings for my brother. Not sure why, but we kept them in the garden. Poor things had to endure the rain and all that and they wouldn't eat what we gave them. Soon they grew up big enough to escape the little fence we built and started eating the some stuff my parents planted next to it. Then they'd be all over the garden for the day. My brother never really played with them so I felt sorry for the guys, who couldn have had better treatment. In the end my parents returned them back to the store or somewhere, I never saw them again.
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[QUOTE=kirederf7;36134284]No idea, probably just a wild duck like these. [IMG]http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/willow/duck-info3.gif[/IMG][/QUOTE] Mallard is probably a safe bet. Though there are lots of domestic variations of mallards. Friends of mine wound up with a pair of Khaki Campbells ( [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaki_Campbell[/url] ) that looked a lot like mallards, but were too heavy to fly away.
[QUOTE=Griffster26;36135953]Make balut out of it.[/QUOTE] Isn't Balut where the duckling grows in its shell and then gets boiled alive? Since he's holding it it's clearly a bit late for that.
I'd strongly recommend you release the duck when it's ready. Ducks are fun when they're young, but when they're fully grown they're just a pain to take care of and they require lots of space. Even with the proper space it wouldn't be a good idea to leave it without any other ducks.
[QUOTE=Keegs;36139163]I'd strongly recommend you release the duck when it's ready. Ducks are fun when they're young, but when they're fully grown they're just a pain to take care of and they require lots of space. Even with the proper space it wouldn't be a good idea to leave it without any other ducks.[/QUOTE] Well the problem is that it's illegal here to release a duck if you have raised it, so I'll probably keep it. The little duck just got through it's first night with me so that's really good. It slept almost the whole night!
I wish I had a duck to call my own, I'm not allowed one because my dogs would kill it :(.
Facepunch definitely seems to pull its weight in the whole rescuing/finding-abandoned-animals stakes. That thing is amazingly cute. More pics?
[QUOTE=Scrimp;36140905]I wish I had a duck to call my own, I'm not allowed one because my dogs would kill it :(.[/QUOTE] Get a goose instead. The goose will kill your dogs.
[QUOTE=Lhuth;36140983]Facepunch definitely seems to pull its weight in the whole rescuing/finding-abandoned-animals stakes. That thing is amazingly cute. More pics?[/QUOTE] Yeah I'll post some more later today.
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