9 tips and tricks for keeping indoor pet ducks

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Domesticated ducks don’t just produce great eggs, they can also make great pets. In this article, we’ll detail our top tips and tricks for keeping indoor pet ducks — while keeping them happy and healthy. 

We’ve been flockmates with a group of Welsh Harlequin ducks for almost a decade now. Our life with these delightful creatures has turned us into full-fledged duck evangelists.

As we’ve written about elsewhere:

But what about the “pet” category? Can ducks actually make good pets? Yes!

Pregnant Tyrant enjoying nightly cuddle time with Jackson and Mawy, our two ducks who come indoors at night.

Pregnant Tyrant enjoying nightly cuddle time with Jackson and Mawy (aka Marigold), our two ducks who come indoors at night.

After seeing our videos and photos of cuddly ducks and reading our article How to get your ducks to like you, we’ve had lots of people reach out asking us to provide more information about how to keep pet ducks. In particular: how do you keep ducks in your own house (not just in a backyard duck coop)?

Pretty much everyone knows how to or can figure out how to keep cats and dogs as pets, but there aren’t many resources out there for new or intending pet duck parents. 

Since we’ve long had two of our ducks indoors with us every night (the others sleep outside) and those ducks also share a bed with us, we figured our years of experience make us one of the world’s top authorities on keeping happy, healthy pet ducks. (Ha!)  

Below is a summary of our advice for other pet duck parents out there:

9 tips and tricks for keeping pet ducks indoors  

1. Please make sure your ducks have daily outdoor time (in a safe, non-toxic environment). 

You might want your pet ducks to live indoors 24-7, but that’s not what’s best for your ducks.

Ducks LOVE foraging for insects, worms, and snails. They love exploring. They love taking a nap in the lawn with their friends in a nice sunbeam. They love snapping at sprinkler water. 

Pippa the duck hunting insects and experiencing the full joy of her duckness. Asked

Pippa the duck hunting insects and experiencing the full joy of her duckness. Asked “what is best in life” she responds in Konan the Barbarian voice “To eat slugs, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!”

In short, your pet ducks will be happiest if they have a good amount of outdoor time on a daily basis. And as with humans, happier ducks are healthier ducks

Just be sure the outdoor environment your ducks have access to is safe from predators and doesn’t contain environmental risks such as:

  • sharp objects 
  • thorny low-growing plants (to prevent duck flipper injury) 
  • pieces of scrap metal that they might swallow or old nails
  • broken glass
  • spots where oil, gasoline, or chemicals have been poured or dumped
  • pesticide contamination (including lawn herbicides, rat bait, pesticides used by termite control companies, etc) – like all birds, ducks are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure.  

Our ducks are an integral part of our edible organic urban landscape. They provide soil fertility and pest control in our gardens, and they produce the world’s most delicious eggs for their human caretakers (us).

They also happen to be the most adorable and hilarious pets we could ever ask for. (No offense to Bob the Cat, who’s pretty darn cute, too.) 

2. Ducks need constant companionship, so don’t just have one duck. 

Ducks are highly social creatures who need at least one other companion critter around at all times to feel safe, secure, and happy. Ideally, that other critter is another duck, but young ducklings can also imprint off of and bond to other animals (people, dogs, etc). 

Assuming you plan to occasionally leave your house over the 10+ years of your pet duck’s life, you’ll need to keep this fact in mind, e.g. plan to get at least two ducks if you want pet ducks. Recommendation to prevent potential over-mating issues: either get two drakes (males) or two females. Don’t get one male and one female duck.  

What if an emergency happens? One of your pet ducks dies and the one left behind doesn’t have another friend? A ground-level mirror is a good temporary stand-in to keep your duck happy (hey, there’s another really good-looking duck hidden in there!), but they’ll ultimately need another real, living companion.     

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best pet duck of them all?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best pet duck of them all?

3. Be mindful of these two oft overlooked health essentials for indoor pet ducks…

Two things that are important for the health of your indoor ducks that you might not think about are: 

a. Access to grit for digestion 

Ducks don’t exactly have good table manners or chew their food. In fact, Emily Post would be absolutely appalled by what ducks consider to be good etiquette: eat as quickly as possible, spill as much food and water as possible, and walk away from (or over) the dinner table leaving behind a trail of muck. While also pooping. 

In fact, our ducks often seemed disgusted by us when we have the nerve to clean up their messes. They look at us like “do you know how much trouble I went through to create that pile of liquid squalor — and you have the nerve to just come along and destroy it with a towel and vacuum?!” 

Given that ducks aren’t high up on the food chain, these behaviors served them well in the wild: eat and run ASAP before a predator comes, then let the “chewing” happen later via their specialized digestive systems

 You might have noticed that ducks don’t have teeth (they do have specialized mouth parts that help them grip, filter, and swallow food). Instead, their food is “chewed” in their ventriculus/gizzard with the aid of grit and small rocks that outdoor ducks’ regularly eat while foraging

Long story short: if your pet ducks are not able to forage outdoors in soil, you need to make sure they have access to grit so they can properly digest their food. No, oyster shell (commonly used as a supplement for egg laying ducks) is NOT a viable substitute for grit, since it breaks down too quickly relative to rock. 

Years back, we had a sick duck inside for a month one winter and noticed her constantly trying to eat the small rocks in the base of our fireplace. Once we gave her access to a bowl of grit, she lost interest in our fireplace. 

b. Access to adequate sunlight 

The girls in a planning session for tomorrow's outdoor grasshopper hunt.

The girls in a planning session for tomorrow’s outdoor grasshopper hunt.

Ducks need sunlight exposure in order to be healthy and happy.

How much sunlight does a duck need? It depends…

  • Egg laying ducks – In Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks, Dave Holderread notes that ducks are even more sensitive to sunlight levels than chickens are, adding: “we have found 12 hours of daylight is sufficient” in egg laying ducks.   
  • Drakes or non-egg laying females – If you have drakes or you have female ducks who aren’t laying eggs, their light requirements are greatly reduced. It’s impossible to say exactly how much sunlight they need at all ages under all scenarios, but our best educated guess is that a minimum of six hours average daily sunlight would be a good bottom end estimate.    

So, if at all possible, make sure your pet ducks have some combination of the following scenarios:

  1. daily outdoor time in a safe, secure, sunny spot;
  2. unfettered access to natural sunlight coming in through a sunny, south-facing window inside your home; or
  3. access to a quality artificial lighting device.  

4. You’ll probably want to diaper your indoor duck. 

Ducks poop more than any other animal on earth. (We don’t know if that’s actually true, but it sure seems like it.) If you plan to have indoor ducks, you’ll need to plan for this reality accordingly… 

No, you can not potty train a duck. Instead, you’ll want to either:

  1. carefully consider which areas of your home you want your ducks to have access to; or
  2. diaper your ducks. 

Since the two ducks we bring indoors are very much a part of our family, we diaper them. That way, they can be lap ducks, cuddle on the couch during movie night, sleep in bed with us, etc.. It also means we minimize the amount of time we spend cleaning up after our ducks. 

Jackson the duck giving The Tyrant's pregnant belly a massage. Pet ducks.

Jackson the duck giving The Tyrant’s pregnant belly a massage. Ducks make much better pets (and massueses) if they’re wearing diapers.

Want to learn how to diaper ducks? We’ve got a whole article + instructional video showing you exactly how to diaper your ducks!  

Our duck diapering schedule for our nighttime indoor ducks is as follows:

  • diaper as soon as they come inside;
  • bath right before bed, let them dry, then re-diaper before going to bed; 
  • remove diaper in morning when putting them back outside.  
  • *In the winter, when our ducks come inside much earlier, we usually do one additional diaper change before bed as well. The Tyrant’s general rule is to re-diaper the ducks every 4 hours, except overnight when we’re sleeping and the ducks don’t have access to food.  

5. Get a duck-proof indoor duck food & watering station.  

As mentioned previously, ducks are not exactly the Emily Posts of the animal world. If you leave their food and water bowls out in the open, it’s only a matter of time before said food and water is covering a 10′ radius around the area (including your walls) and both bowls are tipped over. Because that’s what ducks find beautiful and think is best in life. 

However, you can control your ducks’ desire to make your home duck-worthy. One way to do this is by using a Neater Feeder to house their food and water dishes. This means:

  • no bowl tipping;
  • 95% of spilled water is contained and goes into the chamber below the dish, which you can easily empty;
  • minimal cleanup and no more crying yourself to sleep at night wondering why and how you fell in love with feathered house pigs. 

*Bonus tip: put a rubber spill tray (here’s the one we use) under the Neater Feeder and an non-slip, absorbent bath mat (or towel) in front of it to eliminate virtually all mess and make cleanup a breeze.   

We bring two of our ducks in at night. This is what their clean Neater Feeder station looks like BEFORE they've had their way with it.

We bring two of our ducks in at night. This is what their clean Neater Feeder station looks like BEFORE they’ve had their way with it.

Our two nighttime indoor ducks have access to their neater feeder all evening. At night, we put their Neater Feeder on a small table (with towel on top) next to the bed, but only give them water + fresh greens at night, no food. This reduces the volume of content in their overnight diapers, helping prevent diaper “overflows.”   

Our girls' Neater Feeder station at the base of the bed. The Neater Feeder is on a small table with a towel on top. Added bonus: several times throughout the night, we get to hear the soothing sounds of ducks drink-eating lettuce, which sounds like ten people at a spoonless soup eating contest.

Our girls’ Neater Feeder station at the base of the bed. The Neater Feeder is on a small table with a towel on top. Added bonus: several times throughout the night, we get to hear the soothing sounds of ducks drink-eating lettuce, which sounds like ten people at a spoonless soup eating contest.

Unless there’s something unusual going on, your indoor ducks have the same nutritional requirements as outdoor ducks. For detailed duck nutrition requirements (including ducklings, adult ducks, laying ducks, and drakes), read our article about duck food/nutrition.    

6. Your indoor ducks will need to swim & bathe.  

As you might have heard, ducks like water. That’s why they look like bowling pins walking around on paddles. Land creatures, they are not.  

For optimal feather health (and overall health and happiness) ducks need regular access to enough water to swim, splash, and clean in. We have a dedicated indoor bathtub for our indoor ducks that requires quite a bit of extra cleaning. Another option (which we’ve also used) is to have a large stainless steel or galvanized tub right outside your house. 

Either way, we’d recommend an absolute minimum of two swims per day for your pet ducks.  

Jackson (front) and Mawy (back) preening after a tub bath. Ducks spend hours each day meticulously cleaning and caring for their feathers after swimming. Feathers are as important to duck culture as clothes, garments, and jewelry are to human culture.

Jackson (front) and Mawy (back) preening after a tub bath prior to bed. Ducks spend hours each day meticulously cleaning and caring for their feathers after swimming. Feathers are as important to duck culture as clothes, garments, and jewelry are to human culture. Feather health is biologically essential as well: for floating, swimming, body temperature moderation, Vitamin D production, fighting mites, etc.

7. Provide a safe overnight sleeping area for your indoor ducks. 

Again, given their relatively low position on the food chain, ducks have some very peculiar sleeping habits…

First, they’re very light sleepers. Chickens are basically out cold from sundown to sun-up. Ducks take lots of little naps throughout the night, but move around, drink, eat, etc throughout the night as well. 

They can also close one eye and put half their brain to sleep, while keeping the other eye and the other half of their brain awake. (Yes, seriously.) 

Do your pet ducks need an indoor perch? Not unless they’re Muscovies or other members of the tree duck clade. However, almost all domesticated ducks are ground-sleeping ducks that don’t need a perch. 

Our Welsh Harlequin ducks nap on-and-off throughout the day (usually in groups under a bush since this arrangement provides additional protection). At night, our indoor ducks take longer naps on our bed.

Seriously, who wouldn't want this level of feathered cuteness in their bed at night? Pet ducks

Seriously, who wouldn’t want this level of feathered cuteness in their bed at night? (Answer: Bob the Cat who no longer has room to get in bed because the ducks chase him away.)

Unless they’re laying eggs or broody, ducks don’t require a nest. Any spot will do, so long as they are (and feel) safe and secure – not in your laundry room next to the loud washing machine and cat door. Also, ducks generally like routines, so don’t change their overnight sleeping spot unless you have to.   

If you do have an egg-laying or broody indoor pet duck, you might consider putting them in an enclosed cat/dog carrier at night with bedding in the bottom (pine or aspen shavings). Obviously, under this scenario, your ducks would not be diapered. 

8. You might have to do duck flipper toenail maintenance. 

Like a lot of critters (humans included) ducks have toenails. Ducks have feet only a parent could love or find beautiful. They look like mutant lizard feet. Due to our duck obsession (or sickness), we find duck feet oddly adorable.  

Ducks like to stand on one foot and curl the other foot next to them - or tuck it into their fluff on cold winter days. A curled up duck foot looks like a pruned lizard, but we think they're adorable.

Ducks like to stand on one foot and curl the other foot next to them – or tuck it into their fluff on cold winter days. A curled up duck foot looks like a pruned lizard, but we think they’re adorable.

Outdoor ducks put enough natural wear and tear on their toenails to keep their nails ground down to a relatively small size. Indoor ducks walking exclusively on carpet, tile, and/or hardwoods will NOT wear down their toenails. 

This means: a) if you have exclusively indoor ducks, or b) if your ducks don’t get enough outdoor time to grind down their own toenails, you’ll need to clip their toenails yourself. 

Our two partly indoor ducks spend enough time outside that we’ve never had to clip their toenails. However, if your pet ducks have long or curled toenails that need clipping, Open Sanctuary has a good article about how to safely trim your ducks’ toenails without injuring them

Ideal length of duck toenails. Ducks that get adequate outdoor time wear their toenails down naturally and don't require nail cuttings.

Ideal length of duck toenails. Ducks that get adequate outdoor time wear their toenails down naturally and don’t require nail cuttings.

9. Have a good vacuum. (optional) Have a good air purifier. 

We’ve already mentioned the Neater Feeder as a way to reduce food and water splash from your indoor/pet ducks. What else should you expect when you have pet ducks? Any other duck cleaning tips? 

Most ducks molt twice per year. “Molting” means certain old feathers fall out and are replaced by new feathers. Ducks are very grumpy during this time period, partly because they’re instinctively more frightful since they’d be unable to fly away from danger if they were wild ducks, and partly because being touched on spots where new feathers are coming in is painful to them. 

Two months prior to this photo, Jackson's head was almost white, then she molted into her darker fall plumage.

Two months prior to this photo, Jackson’s head was almost white, then she molted into her darker fall plumage. This made for some extra indoor cleaning for her humans.

If your pet indoor duck is molting, you’re in for quite a mess. Your house will soon look like 10 people got into a deadly pillow fight. (On that note, please don’t get down pillows.) 

This means lots of sweeping and/or vacuuming. If you don’t already have a good vacuum designed for cleaning up after animals, you’ll probably want to get one. The good news is that duck feathers are great for compost or garden fertilizer!  

What about indoor air quality with indoor ducks? When they’re molting, ducks can create quite a lot of indoor air particles.

Years back, The Tyrant did some digging to find the best indoor HEPA air purifier on the market. We’ve been using a Rabbit Air purifier ever since and it does a remarkable job. 

You certainly don’t have to get an air purifier if you have pet ducks indoors, but if you have breathing issues or allergies, it can be a big help.    

We hope this article helps you be an excellent parent to your pet ducks!

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  • Reply
    September 16, 2022 at 10:42 am

    We have one baby duck, he/she was the only one that hatched out of five eggs. It’s mom wanted nothing to do with it so we took it in and raised it. It’s four weeks old and quite clearly hates to be alone. We have 12 mature ducks outside. Do you think eventually they will all be able to live happily or am I setting this little one up for certain death? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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      Aaron von Frank
      September 16, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      Your baby duck should be able to integrate perfectly well into your existing flock, but the process will take a bit of time AND you’ll need to take safety precautions.

      You could start doing supervised introductions now so they all get to know each other. You’d want to be present 100% of the time since a duckling can be badly injured by a mature duck very quickly + your presence will help soothe the duckling, assuming it has imprinted on you. You’d also be well-served to utilize fine-mesh temporary fencing to keep the duckling totally secure/safe while still allowing physical interaction between adults and baby. You and the duckling could stay in the fencing during your visits. Do this as regularly as you can (ideally at least once per day for 20-30 minutes) as the duckling matures into nearly full size (around week 8). By that point, they all should be well-acclimated enough to each other that you could start allowing supervised visits without fencing. Closely observe to see if the new duck is being picked on or bullied. If so, allow more time before integration. If not, you could fully transition the duckling into your flock. Hope this helps and good luck!

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    November 9, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Can you give me some tips on what to do if I need to travel for a few days. Will the ducks be okay on their own? Also, what about when they are ducklings? I have searched for answers on this and have found nothing, so now I am reaching out to people directly. Thanks!

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      Aaron von Frank
      November 9, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Molly! That’s a great question and something we should probably write an in-depth article about. The short of it: what you do with your ducks when you travel is going to depend on your unique setup and resources.

      For instances, in our particular situation, we pay a trustworthy teenager who lives down the street from us to come take care of them. That means:
      1) Let our ducks out of their coops, feed, and water them in the morning.
      2) Come again in the evening to prep their coops and put them up.

      We leave our duck sitter a very detailed printed checklist for each day, and tell him exactly what time the ducks need to be let out or put up. He then texts us to let us know once he’s done so we’re not left wondering. Each “session” takes him about 10-15 minutes and we pay him $10 for each session. He’s thrilled to make $20 for 20-30 minutes of his time each day. If we hired a professional pet sitter online who had to drive to our place twice each day, we’d likely need to pay them more.

      Indoor pet ducks would have different care requirements when we went out of town. Outdoor ducks who lived in a run all day would have different care requirements, etc. Regardless of your setup, you don’t want to have a situation where you going out of town:
      a) puts your ducks at elevated risk of predator attack;
      b) causes them to go without food or water for more than ~12 hours;
      c) leaves them in unsanitary conditions.

      Again, however you accomplish those three objectives is going to vary depending on your setup and resources. Hope this helps!

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    December 12, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I’m so glad I found your article. We tried incubating four batches of Welsh Harlequin eggs, but only successfully hatched one beautiful girl, Harley, in July. She’s starting to present herself to me like I’m a drake and won’t stop quacking unless I pet her. Are you familiar with this behavior and is there anyway to stop it?
    We are planning on getting more ducklings when available again in January. Is it possible for her to imprint and care more for them when they arrive?

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      Aaron von Frank
      December 14, 2020 at 8:25 am

      Hi Cassia! If Harley the duck was the only one of her species around between hatch day and maturity, she’s probably very heavily imprinted off of you, hence her behaviors. When inviting mating, ducks will slightly put their wings out, lower themselves, and flatten their backs to make it easier for a mate to stand atop them. A human petting their backs or the back of their heads is actually sexually stimulating to a duck. Since you’re the only game in town, it’s unlikely that her behavior is going to change.

      For the record, our Welsh Harlequin females don’t seem to be too concerned about binary sexual orientations and readily mate each other as well. E.g. you can get all-female ducklings if you want, when the time is right. If you get ducklings, you’ll need to be very careful trying to integrate them into Harley’s life because she’s likely going to try to attack them at first. So keep them separated by caging in the beginning days/weeks TBD and let her see the ducklings but don’t let her access them. Not sure when you’ll be able to give her full access to them – hopefully, you’ll be able to tell when the time is right (if at all). However, once the ducklings are feathered in at around ~6 weeks, they should all integrate well without risk of attacks/injury so long as they’ve had regular exposure to each other in the weeks prior. Until then, you’ll need to plan to be the love of Harley’s life. Sorry! ;P

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    October 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    This article 9 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR KEEPING INDOOR PET DUCKS is fantastic! Informative and hilarious. Thank you so much, my hubby and I learned a great deal. We have 2 indoor female muscovy ducks. They are my hubby’s girls, he spoils them rotten in a good way. And they are very affectionate with us, more towards him. Thank you again, we are now subscribed.

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      Aaron von Frank
      October 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Glad to hear this info was helpful for you and your indoor pet ducks, Joan! It’s not possible to spoil a duck too much, according to ducks. We’re taking ours car, boat, and furniture shopping as soon as the pandemic is over. One of them also has her eyes on a lakefront estate.

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    October 1, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I have a question about indoor ducks during winter. If I keep my ducks indoors at night but they get to be outside all day, won’t the get sick? From a warm house to colder outdoor temperatures, I am worried they will get sick because of the extreme temperature change. I live in North Dakota so winters are pretty cold. Thanks in advance for your help!

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      Aaron von Frank
      October 5, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Serina! ~30 degrees F temperature differential is about as much as you’d want to push it. That may not be tenable in North Dakota, so you may need to plan on outdoor ducks during the cold months and perhaps do your indoor pet duck adventures during the summer months.

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    Shanna Hardesty
    September 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm


    We have a Blue Swedish Duck Frankie who is 3 months old. She was born 17 June, and we picked her and our 5 other ducks up from the post office on 19 June. We lost one within 36 hours. We noticed from the start that Frankie was very different from the other ducks. She would walk in circles, bump into walls, and couldn’t find food or water. Even when she did find food she could eat it. My daughter Karli and I were very concerned. We started to hand feed her, held her all the time, and finally took her to the vet. She was dehydrated, and the vet said she may have a neurological problem. We changed her food to an organic crumble, and finally she could eat on her own!!! We were so happy, but we continued to keep a close eye on her. A few weeks later we noticed her neck was deformed, and she was still struggling. I did some research and found out that she has Wray Neck. We talk to a man at tractor supply, and he seemed very knowledgeable about ducks. He told us to start her on frozen peas, brewers yeast, and to switch to purina duck pellets. He stated that all of her problems are from her Wray Neck. Also if it’s from a vitamin deficiency that she could take about a month to respond, so don’t give up it will take time and a LOT of peas. Well we’re feeding her but I have to blend everything in a food processor and add small amounts of food throughout her meal so she gets the pellets also. It’s been a struggle but we figuring things out little by little, like sleeping arrangements for her. We have a rubber tub, a king size pillow, and a water proof mattress pad for her to sleep in. I’m trying to learn how to sew her a duck diaper so she can walk freely around the house in the evenings. However, her neck is so bad I don’t think it’s going to work. We can’t leave her outside at night because we’ve noticed the other ducks pecking or running into her. They even do it in the morning when we let her out, and throughout the day. I’m hoping you can help make this journey a little less painful with some insight on if we’re doing the right things and how to improve our processes.

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      Aaron von Frank
      September 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      So sorry you’re going through this, Shanna! Thanks for doing what you’re doing to try to help your duckling. We don’t have any personal experience treating wry neck in ducks, but are familiar with the condition. For your and your duck’s sake, hopefully her condition was caused by environmental factors such as poor nutrition, rather than being genetic. That way, you’ll have a better likelihood of treating it. The main thing is to really boost Vitamin E levels in her diet until she (hopefully) improves. You can do that by putting things like sunflower seeds and leafy greens in the blended food you’re providing her. There are other good natural, food- and herb-based sources of Vitamin E as well. Also, do be sure you’re using non-medicated food AND you’re using waterfowl-specific food since ducklings/ducks have different dietary needs than chicks/chickens. Fingers crossed that with your good care, your duck will show signs of recovering from wry neck within the next few weeks. Until then, you’ll unfortunately need to keep her separated from the rest of your flock to prevent her from being injured. Last thing: have you contacted the seller to let them know the problems you had with your ducklings?

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    June 6, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for this! We have a young duck that we have discovered is blind (plus the drake hates her and beats her up), so I think she is going to have to become an indoor duck.

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      Aaron von Frank
      June 8, 2020 at 6:56 am

      You’re welcome. So sorry to hear about your blind duckling. Do you mind sharing where you got her? Local breeder or large hatchery?

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        June 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

        They are White Pekins that were an impulse buy at our local Tractor Supply. So, likely a large breeder. We’re not sure if she was born blind or something happened to her. She was always a little smaller than the others and remains so. The others are huge and healthy. She’s the one with personality, though!

        • Aaron von Frank
          June 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

          Well, we’ve got no experience caring for a blind duck, but we wish you every success in providing her with a good (primarily indoor) life. Ducks are such social creatures that like to see and be with their flock — whether human or duck. In this case, other sensory regions of her brain are going to be working on overdrive. She’ll likely delight in familiar and comforting sounds and smells, and establish more standardized routines so she can get to water, food, and favorite napping spots with ease. You’ll have your hands full, but thanks for making a go of it. Reach out anytime we can be of help.

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    October 25, 2019 at 11:23 am

    My two houseducks, Wobbles and Bean, are my whole world. You’re right, they ARE the funniest and most adorable pets ever! I’m not biased, it’s simply the objective truth. ♡

    I wish I could find a man who loves ducks as much as Aaron does, however. I’m 36 and never married; starting to think it’s just gonna be me and my ducks forever…I’ll be a spinster, a crazy old duck lady. :/

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    Julie Yacca
    August 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I have two pet ducks that sleep outside but do spend a lot of time inside with me. I have diapers for them but it always seems like Cheese wiggles his off, and Quackers poops over the top of hers. What brand diaper do you recommend and also, what do you use for stuffing?

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      October 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

      I buy mine from SewSammi, she makes bespoke duck nappies so they won’t wiggle out of them. I like to line them with a maxi pad cut in half, the cheapest most generic kind actually work best, cuz they’re usually not winged and are made of pure cotton.

      • Reply
        Aaron von Frank
        October 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm

        We had heard good things about Sew Sammi, but had a very negative experience when trying to order from her recently. The product never shipped and she stopped returning emails, so we eventually had to request a refund via PayPal.

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