August 4th, 2012, 10:27 AM
Anyone know anything about baby ducks???!!
This is my latest rescue. My car is in the shop so I'm having to use the city park. On our way back this AM this little thing was running down the middle of a residential street getting chased by a cat. It was quacking away at the top of it's lungs. I was several blocks from the city park where there is a duck pond. I looked for the Mom but couldn't find her. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to need my bathtub at some point. The dogs like it. The cat WAS NOT happy. It went under a car and just glared at us. Fuji X10 to make officially a photography thing. But if anyone knows what to do with baby ducks I'd really appreciate any help. THANKS!!!!!
August 4th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Might want to call your local zoo. It might be difficult without knowing who the mama is.
August 4th, 2012, 10:45 AM
I live in a really small town outside of Austin, TX so there is no zoo. The duck pond has several moms with babies. They do wander up in the residential neighborhoods. I think this one just go separated but I'm afraid if I just drop it off at the pond it won't make it. I already have 3 rescue dogs and a rescue cat. I REALLY don't need a duck..... My cat, Josephine, just looked at it and walked off. She's 12 years old and lazy..... The dogs are fascinated by it. They keep going in the bathroom and watching it in the tub. Hugo licked it and lifted it out of the water.
August 4th, 2012, 10:57 AM
I would suggest the local animal rescue. You don't need another animal and every animal baby has different needs. From my couple minutes of research, no bread and no poultry feed. mushy fresh fruits and vegetables and access to fresh water for drinking until you can get it to the proper place.
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August 4th, 2012, 11:01 AM
THANK YOU. The bread was a very good tip. I have to go get my car out of the shop then I'm going to try and deal with the baby duck. I'm going to put it in my cat carrier until I get back. It managed somehow to get out of the bathtub and is wandering around my living room. The dogs think it's just part of the family now.
Originally Posted by Luke
August 4th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Can you contact the local wildlife rescue?
Edit: Luke beat me to it while I was looking up the info...
August 4th, 2012, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by yeats
August 4th, 2012, 11:25 AM
Put it on Craigslist. That does not look like a mallard. I have someone coming today to pick up five baby ducks. If you can, go to the feed store and get a bag of crumbles. About nine bucks and you can give that to whoever comes to get the duck. Makes sure it's not medicated as that will kill a duck. They make medicated and un-medicated. That's what he/she will eat and you can put a bowl of water by it and it will go into the water immediately.
Just makes sure it's not too deep since when they are just a day or two old they can drown eventually especially if they get too cold.
I imagine it was separated from it's mother as it's up to the babies to keep up. And an older male duck will kill it too since they don't want to be bothered by babies. That's why it is not a good idea to let it loose in a park pond.
I've learned these things because I have a mallard female that is a duck making machine.
You are lucky to live in Taylor with the good BBQ they have there!
Last edited by texascbx; August 4th, 2012 at 11:28 AM.
August 4th, 2012, 11:29 AM
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August 4th, 2012, 11:35 AM
We do have a feed store here. There is a retired couple who live across from the park. They took in an Easter duck. It's basically their pet now. They tried really hard to get it to live with the other ducks at the pond. It now lives in their back yard. I just don't have the heart to ask them to take this one in.
Louis Mueller BBQ is really incredible. I managed to get it in a cat carrier. My parents are on their way over to take to me to get my car. The closest Honda dealership is in Round Rock so I've got a little trip ahead of me. The tumblers in my ignition switch got worn down. You wouldn't believe what it cost me to fix this. I had to get a new ignition switch, new keys, and some chip in that apparently keeps people from stealing my $15K beat up Honda Fit that is full of dog hair and mud. I couldn't give this car away. It's to end up costing my over $800. When I asked them at the dealership why they would put an anti-theft device on the cheapest model they make I just got a blank stare. Oh well...
Anyway, I have to do something with this duck. I've been calling the wildlife rescue number in Austin for the last 15 minutes but it's busy. The site said they are very busy. There was a really nice bird rescue place outside of Dallas.
And you are right about the ducks, they can be really mean. My dogs are terrified of the geese at the park. One of them pecked Hugo one time. He cuts a very wide swatch around them.
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