Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rescued a Duckling

My Muscovy duck hatched 9 little ducklings 2 days ago. When checking on things in the coup last evening I found one in the middle of the straw floor on it's back, very cold and listless. I think its the same one momma had ignored earlier in the day. I had managed to get him underneath but then a couple hours later, there he was. So I brought him inside and set him wrapped in a washcloth on top of a heating pad set to low while I set up a box with vitamin water and a light, and fluffy toy for a companion. Then I woke up every 2 hours to check on him. Here he is this morning.

I think he's going to be just fine. He's actually sitting on the stuffed toy. Now I have to figure out if I have to keep him inside till he gets feathers or if momma will take him back. I've raised birds indoors before but not one there was a chance of reuniting with its mother.

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