Caring for Ducklings?

My mother duck has 7 day old duckings and she stopped sleeping with them. Has she abandoned them? Should I intervene; it's November and it's very cold. I'm afraid to let them get too cold.

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful
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If she is still around, but not caring for them, ducks (birds in general) often abandon chicks that are not viable and that could be what is going on. That is so sad, but they run on instincts, not feelings. The other thing that could be happening is she is caring for them, but just not when you are watching.


If truly you think they are abandoned I always recommend contacting your local Humane Society or Animal Rescue or Wildlife Refuge versus advising you to act on your own and get their expert advice or intervention.

Sadly well meaning intentions without proper skills can often cause more harm than good.

Post back what the experts tell you or an update if mom came back! Prayers for the feathered ones!

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Anonymous
April 2, 20200 found this helpful

As a former animal shelter director most humane societies do not take wildlife. Although you may get someone to volunteer to take them. Former West Virginia Animal shelter director.

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful
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Are you sure she has abandoned them all together. Normally the ducks will follow her around. If you are worried about them being cold you should ut a box in the cage and add a towl or some old clothes to the box for them to sleep in.

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The mother will teach them how to find food and even feed then when she eats the food you leave in the cage for her. We have raised tons of chickens and ducks here and it seems like the mother is not caring for them, but she really is.

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November 7, 20190 found this helpful

Put them in a towel lined ventilated box and call your local wildlife agency.

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November 7, 20190 found this helpful

Contact Vetwest- they will put you in touch with someone in your area for help!

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