Two days ago we discovered a female mallard and six ducklings in our relatively small, enclosed garden. There is no way for them to get out on their own, no gate for us to open etc. The only access is through a double length garage or the house. We called the rspb who advised to catch them and take them to nearest water (the river is less than a mile away). Unfortunately when we tried to catch the mother first as instructed she escaped leaving the ducklings behind. Amazingly after a couple of hours of her circling around overhead she tentatively came back to the garden and they are now reunited as a family again.
We have put out two large shallow dishes of water, some porridge oats and some duck food. They frequently come out from under the hedges where they sleep, they drink and eat and look very happy and healthy at the moment.
Our failed attempt at catching and moving them has me worried to try again for fear of losing the mother and having six orphaned ducklings. How essential is is that they get to a proper place with water soon?
Thanks for any advice.
I have the same problem! Mother and 12 ducklings apeared yesterday. We are about 1/2 mile from water where the ducks live. We hve no water in the garden and like you no way out of the garden. We had a female and 5 chicks last year but eventually only two then suddenly they disapeared along with the female. Can only presume the crows got the babies and she flew away. We now have an 11 month old spaniel who we cant let out in the garden as he goes frantic when he sees them! Nobody seems to want to help! I am retired and have been for 8 years so have no hope of catching them and taking them to water! I just want them gone!!
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