Category: Waterfowl Info

Ducklings In The Courtyard

When mallards begin nesting, they select a safe, seclude spot to hatch their eggs.  An enclosed courtyard seems like the ideal location because few predators can enter and the ducks can fly in and out easily.  However the ducks fail to recognize that this perfect spot will also be a trap for their ducklings, who … Continue Reading

Why Male Mallard Ducks Attack Female Mallard Ducks

It’s spring. Love is in the air. Ducks are pairing off and preparing to start new families. But something is definitely amiss. Why are groups of male mallards attacking a single, lone female mallard? Sex Ratios When mallards hatch and when the adult mallards migrate in fall, the ratio of male to female stays near 50:50.  This … Continue Reading

Ducks, Ducklings (and other wildlife) In The Pool

Ducks In The Pool Imagine how happy those ducks are; you were nice enough to provide them with a wonderful pool oasis, surrounded by great landscaping and safely enclosed from predators. It just didn’t occur to them that you didn’t do it for them. They’ve learned from repeated visits that it is a safe place to … Continue Reading

Candling Eggs

Before Candling Eggs… The information on this page is made available specifically for determining the stage of egg development in duck or goose eggs for the purpose of determining whether to intervene if it is suspected that the adult is no longer returning (to see if the eggs should be taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator) … Continue Reading


Incubators are a vital component in caring for neonatal mammals, hatchling birds, other orphaned wildlife, and eggs. Most very young animals need supplemental heat in order to survive. Fertile eggs also need constant heat (and humidity) in order to properly develop. The type of incubator to use is dependent on its intended purpose. Extremely young … Continue Reading

Emergency Care

Stabilizing/Transport/Emergency Information Once you have determined that this wild bird or mammal needs help, you should confine the bird or mammal and immediately contact a wildlife rehabilitator by phone.  Your personal safety should always be a key factor. Always take appropriate measures to prevent personal injury from bites or coming in contact with saliva or other … Continue Reading

If You Find An Orphaned Duckling

Thank you for intervening on behalf of this baby. The fact that you have taken the first step will help ensure that this baby may have an opportunity to survive. Like you, wildlife rehabilitators volunteer to help wildlife when assistance would not normally be available. Ducklings may be orphaned for many reasons:   Late hatching … Continue Reading

The FIRST thing to do if you have found a wild orphaned baby bird or songbird

It is critical to to determine if the baby is a good candidate for renesting, or if the baby should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for further care. Use the steps outlined in the table below as a guide. Step 1: Screen for Illnesses/Injuries Is it injured? Any evidence of blood in any amount, … Continue Reading

Duck Management for Communities

Many beautiful planned communities, apartments, condos and single family homes are built on land near natural or man-made lakes. The serene setting of a lake with waterfowl may have initially enticed residents who didn’t thoroughly evaluate what they might encounter when living so close to wildlife. This is compounded by the quick population growth of … Continue Reading