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Thread: teenager + camping + husband= DUCK!

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    For Pete's sake. We have 3 indoor cats, who knows how many outside cats, 2 dogs, 2 chickens, and a pet turkey. As if that list isn't long enough, my 18 yo daughter and her friends went camping at the local lake yesterday. She sends me a pic of tiny wild duck. She said it was stranded n left all alone. I told her to put it back and leave the area. Yeah, right, like anyone listens to mom.lol Well apparently she got ahold of Daddy (that's what she calls him when she wants something) who is at a fishing tournament and he says if there are no other ducks around...... Wait for it...... TAKE IT HOME! Ugh! So in the door the girls come. "MOOOOMMMM" I hear. Do you have a box ready?". So I got a box, a pie dish with some water, some newspapers and a few old dishcloths. Went to the feed bin got a little cracked corn and picked some clover for it. I guess we can add duck to the list now.

    Sad part is, and I didn't say anything yet, he doesn't look too healthy. Probably why he was left behind by his/her family. I work 3rd shift, so I didn't say too much about that part because I am tired. When I was a kid, I was always bringing the injured home. Some made it, some didn't. I didn't get upset about her bringing him home because he wasn't gonna make out there. Maybe this little one will have enough fight in him, but he is carrying his head funny so I'm thinking we will have to add another spot to our gates to heaven for pets.
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    lol, I thought this was going to be a much different post ;-)

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    how is the duck doing now???

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    It is good to know your daughter has compassion.

    Sometimes the "wild things" have more sense than we do.

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    The duck is still alive and in the spare room with doors closed so cats are out. Hubby is on his way home. This is their project. I will b sure to post updates.

    If anyone has any stories like this, please share. Or if u want a duck.... Lol

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    Watch out, duck poop gets stinky fast, have lots of boxes on hand! Guess how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    lol, I thought this was going to be a much different post ;-)
    Me too...:)

    Like something was going to be thrown.

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    Figure out a way to mail the duck to me. I have two ponds and a big tank on the ranch. He would love it here. I had two ducks and every morning they would both take off and fly around the property and come in for a landing in time for breakfast. Then at night, off they go again and s=circle the property. They always came home. The duckie is soooooooooo cute. I wish him good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    lol, I thought this was going to be a much different post ;-)
    Me too...:)

    Like something was going to be thrown.
    Me too!

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    Try keeping your duck in a plastic box and use old towels to line it with. Change them out a couple times a day and wash them with bleach. I keep a stash of old ones cut up with the edges serged to prevent strings ready to go. This helps with smell and other things. We have hand raised emu chicks this way in the house for a couple months without any nasty smells. They are way bigger than a duck which means their poop is bigger too! Be very sure the poor thing is getting enough water. Dehydration is critical. Some chicks really aren't good at drinking on their own, especially sick. We used a syringe (without needle!) and watered our chicks several times a day. They may not open their beak for you so you might need to "help" the chick. When in doubt call a wildlife rescuer. They are usually more than happy to advise.

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    I hope he makes it but if he doesn't at least ya tried!

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    We had 2 baby ducks we raised in a childs plastic wading pool. I put an old towel in and a plate of water. Then as they grew I switched the plate to a pie pan. Eventually, after they started hopping out of the pool, I fenced in an area outside and sank the pool into the ground. Oops, ducklings could fall in but not get out so we added some bricks for stepping up on. Finally, ducks got big enough to fly over the fence and they would follow me around quacking quietly and scooping up slugs. They LOVED the sprinklers! Poop wasn't too much of a problem as they spread it around the yard. LOL

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    Uglycook, that is good information to know. I was only thinking of raising a sick bird inside that wasn't able to get around much. A duck is very different from an emu I'm afraid. Emus are really very primative in comparison and a whole lot taller. Our chicks grew from 12 inches to 36 inches tall in about 6 weeks. Lets just say, they never had much trouble getting out of a small pool after a couple weeks and they never swim so I never thought about that part much. I love learning new stuff.

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    Oh my gosh! She should be happy her daughter only came home with a duck and not an EMU!!!

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    Any news on the little guy?

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    Lmao, an emu would be big!! But I'm sure we could fix.a home for it. Lol.

    We used to have 12 tame ducks but they picked on the turkeys too much so we gave them to a friend that already had ducks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    lol, I thought this was going to be a much different post ;-)

    So did I. I was expecting some form of violence. Or yelling.

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    We'll, I am sad to say the little guy didn't make it. We didn't think he would, but if you don't try, you don't know. Thank you everyone for caring

    The kid took it very well. She is so grown up. :)

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    Oh, I was hoping to follow the progress of this little fellow, sorry it didn't make it. At least you tried.

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    Well, at least you tried. Now he is in ducky heaven.

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    I was wondering how this turned out.

    Now we know.

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