Bird feathers are very delicate and the natural oils on humans hands can strip them of their weatherproofing. Avoid handling and wear gloves.
Precocial species are born with their eyes open, with fluffy down covering their whole bodies, such as goslings and ducklings. They can walk and eat all on their own, but they still require the warmth and protection of their mother.
Ducklings are often separated from the clutch shortly after hatching on their journey to the water. If mom is nearby and hears her baby peeping, she will come looking for it. Ducks are not generally accepting of orphans and are known to chase away or even drown competing clutches. If the mother cannot be determined, follow our Wildlife Capture Guide and contact us for next steps.