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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?
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.
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.
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?