Caring for Wild Ducklings?

A duckling swimming in water alone.
If you find abandoned duckings the best choice it to contact your local wildlife rescue organization. If that is not possible there is information on the web about emergency care procedures for a baby duck. Be sure to research duckling care before you attempt to feed or house them.

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July 26, 2015

I found a baby duck this morning in a busy street by our church - no where near any place ducks would live. The baby sits easily in the palm of my hand. It is roughly half the size of a dollar bill. After an hour of looking, we went to a RV park, a good distance from our church, that had a pond with one duck. The manager said the lone duck would kill the baby and they had no other ducks. She then stated that about 2 weeks ago, a female mallard arrived there and the lone duck was mean to it, so the lady took the female home. I am wondering if it would be possible that the mallard had a nest and in this daily 100 degree weather we've had, this baby hatched from that nest? Ideas?


July 26, 20150 found this helpful
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You'll need to take the duck to somebody that has some experience. Is there a wildlife rescue center in your area? If you call them they will come and get it.


If there is a farm nearby where someone keeps chickens they may also have some experience with ducks.

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May 22, 2016

I have large property with two large ponds, mini lakes really. A coon got a mother duck on her on eggs. She left her nest and has healed, but never hatched the ducklings. I did in an incubator. All 21 hatched. They are now two and half weeks old. Is it safe to let them out of my small barn and let them join the other ducks? We have several, including a mom who just hatched hers about three days ago.


May 23, 20160 found this helpful

Can't hurt to try, right? Do you have a local zoo or someone with expertise in the area you can call to get professional advice?

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