1. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for taking in our little “Miracle Duckling!” You and your wife are fantastic people to show such kindness and love to so many ducks! Quick healing from your surgery and please keep in touch!

    Dan Healy

    • Hi Dan, hope you all are well! Sorry for the delayed response, as it has been one busy (and fun) summer! All went VERY well with the new hip and I guess that I’m making up for lost time! The ‘miracle’ duckling that you saved, grew into a beautiful Mallard girl and was released into our pond. Unfortunately, we can no longer identify her as our sweet little girl, because among the MANY mallards that come and go…they sort of “all look alike”. :-))) Thanks again for being a part of our rescue and please follow us (and LIKE us too) now on Facebook (and please spread the word), as well as our website. It’s people like you that do make a difference, and that little girl (or should I say big girl now) is the LIVING proof! She IS one special girl because you gave of YOUR time. Thanks again!

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    • Hi Teresa, I sent you a response from my personal email by mistake yesterday, so I am resending it today through this medium.

      I received your comment about our location, however, unfortunately we are
      not open to the public for drop-in visits. Appointments may be made for
      duck related concerns. May I ask why you wanted the physical location?
      Thanks for your interest.

  3. I see on your needs list that you would like outdoor chair cushions as they clean easily. Do you mean fabric or vinyl? I have 3 old cloth ones here at work in Troy.

    Also, my mother died in March and sometime in the future we will be sorting through things. There are towels in her linen closet, we may not need. What size are you looking for? Do you use washcloths, face/hand towels, or bath towels and bath mats? I can set them aside.

    Sincerely, Anne

    • So sorry to hear of your mothers passing.
      Thanks for taking the time to view our list and respond. We will
      definitely use any type of cushion as these give great comfort to our
      ailing babies, and we will gladly accept and use ALL towel sizes,
      especially the larger ones. Also, we use bed sheets, etc., for burial of
      our deceased Angels.
      Thanks again for your interest and concern for our flock’s
      needs! Matt

  4. We have a beautiful mallard hen who has taken up residence on our silver oak tree in our back yard. She has nested there. I know she has several eggs. for the first few days she would come and go (when she was gone, i got up on a ladder (kept my distance) and verified there were eggs, 4 at the time. for the past 3-4 days she has been sitting on the eggs non-stop.

    First: I have never ever seen a mallard in a tree, but here we are. She and her nest are appx 16 feet off the ground. Which is my first concern… how would they possibly get down?

    Second: even if they survived the fall, i know that ducks try to lead their babies to water quite quickly… I am not very close to any ponds, or lakes at all.

    I think Mallards are a protected species, and i’d really love to ensure their safety, but I’m not sure how to go about it

    Please let me know!

  5. Meet you at the dog park yesterday.Would like to come by this weekend and see your sanctuary.Would that be ok.

    • Hi Barry, sorry for the late response. That may work, just call me Saturday morning and I will know better what my schedule will be. Thanks, and it was pleasant speaking with you the other day. Matt

  6. Hi Matt,just wanted to say GOD bless you and the important work your doing.This world needs more people like you helping these beautiful animals and all the others that are getting left behind.Keep up the great work and really making a difference.

  7. Matt,
    Just wanted you to know the goose returned to our pond.he was the one you took to rehabilitate(wounded wing).he hung around the pond for a few days.we fed him a couple of times.it was almost like he came back to tell me he made it.then he,d come and go.then I think he went to get on with his life.you could see where the wing had been damaged.I was thrilled!!!!!thank you so much the best end to a story everAhna Schmid N of Ionia,l on hwy 66

  8. Hi Matt, I am so glad that I found your site. The work you do is amazing! I have a question and I hope you may have some advice. We have a flock of 12 Indian Runner ducks. They are our pets and will live out their natural duckie lives here. 2 are 1.5 yr old males, 8 are 1.5- 3yr old females and 2 are just a couple of months old. We know one of the babies is a girl by her quack but suspect the second one to be a male. The babies were “oops” babies. Hatched under one of our ducks that was recovering from a surgery along with another duck that she had in with her as a buddy during rehabilitation. They are all out together now (for about a month and a half) and our boys are picking on one of the mothers pretty bad. The back of her neck and top of her head is really red. They have an acre pond and around 5 acres to roam during the day. They are locked up at night in a run with a shed. The run is 16 ft by 8 ft and the shed is 7×8. The door is always left open on the shed into the enclosed run. The boys seem to be picking on her at night, not during the day. She keeps herself pretty separated with her babies. Perhaps we need to add on to their enclosure for night time? Is there anything that we can do to get the boys to leave her alone? We are going to lock the boys up separately tonight in a different enclosure. However separating them can’t be a long term thing as the ducks are all pretty nervous around humans and trying to round them up separately will cause a stress to them all. If you have any suggestions at all I would very much appreciate it. I can’t stand the thought of re homing the boys. I love them but I have to think about the safety of the rest of them. But, finding a good safe home for boys would be pretty near impossible. I don’t know what to do. Also, do you know if there is anything that can be done to curb male duck hormones? Drake neutering? Thank you, sorry this got so long. I’m at a loss.

    • Hi Amy, glad you found us too! We
      will try to help you any way we can. Please call me tomorrow @ 248-446-2021, if it goes to VM, I will return your call asap. Thanks, Matt

  9. Hi Matt , my name is Jack and I talked to you about 2 ducks up in the Mt. Pleasant area that once were pets and now on there own, one being a Pekin and the other a Rouen. I believe we talked sometime in early September. Myself and my wife tried to catch them to no avail, the ducks live in the chippewa river at lake Isabella in Weismann Mi 48893. The lake is going to be drained down 6 feet or so and the river is no more then a couple of mud puddles according to one gentleman that lives there year round. I was told by the association there in lake Isabella to call the DNR about rescuing the ducks and they told me that since they are now considered wild an animals that I am not allowed to catch them or I would be fined. The ducks used to come right up to us and now they won’t. Something must have spooked them. I don’t know if there is anything you can do or not, I just know it’s not going to be good for the ducks not having a save place to go or shelter.

    Thank You

    • Hi Jack, can you please call me asap @ 248-446-2021. Thanks, Matt
      We are going to try to make a trip out there this weekend.

  10. Thanks Matt! Your suggestion of separating the males at night for a month worked! They are all getting along nicely now 🙂

  11. Thanks again Matt and Teresa for coming out and successfuling rescuing not only the 2 original ducks Chip and Izzy but the third wounded goose we’ll call him Lucky, as to have people that do what you do for all of them. Thanks again you guys. God Bless

    • HI Shari, did we ever talk about the ducks? Just going through some mail and want to be sure that I didn’t miss anything. Thanks, Matt 248-446-2021

  12. Hi…..I was just wondering if you could give my husband and I some information. We live in Lake Orion on a small lake and we have a mallard duck who somehow broke his wing during the summer. During the summer he liked to stay on our dock but now we see him about every 2 weeks or so. I know he can’t fly and I don’t believe we can catch him but is there anything we can do for him? Can we build a house for him? We went to the co-op and they didn’t have cracked corn but we got a bag of flock feed but he didn’t want it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Hi there. My husband and I noticed a male duck was floating in a tiny patch of pond water that wasn’t frozen yet and he didn’t move from there for three days until it finally froze over. Today I saw him hobbling across the street; he has a busted wing and a broken foot so he cannot go south for the winter. A very bad blizzard started today and he just kept sitting in the snow and he was visibly freezing. We caught him and he is in our bathtub full of water so he can take his weight off of his injured foot. A local vet said that he would most likely be euthanized since he is unable to fly but I don’t want that if I can help it. As soon as he got in the tub he started drinking a lot of water. Clearly when the pond froze over he wasn’t able to get any water. Can we bring him to the sanctuary? I really do not want him to be euthanized if he can be saved.

  14. Hello. My name is Kara and I was hoping you could give me some advice. We had 2 Pekin ducks, one male and one female since they were a day old april 2015. This is our first time having ducks as pets. My poor baby Henrietta died last night. I am so heartbroken. She was egg bound and I didn’t realize it until it was too late for her. We took her to the vet but she couldn’t pass it and she died during the night. I am concerned about Phil our male. Can he live on his own or would he be happier with others? Do you accept ducks at your rescue? I don’t think my husband wants to get another duck. I don’t know what to do. I want him to be happy. He looks so lost without her. Please any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hi Kara, I never heard back from you after our phone conversation. How is Phil? Did you ever get another duck buddy for him, or are you looking to find him a home? Thanks, Matt

  15. I was given five ducks. I was told they were all hens. Turns out three are Drakes and it is causing a great deal of bullying. I either need a few more sexually mature hens and advice on how to introduce them to the flock, or I need a new home for two beautiful Cayuga drakes.
    I appreciate any advice. (Like I said I was told they were all hens. I understand the 3:1 ratio)
    Cindy Craft

  16. Hi Matt.

    First, let me say, God bless you for taking in these beautiful babies. Secondly, I was reading your needs and wish lists, and I have many items I can donate, including an outdoor umbrella.

    I have a question for you, please. My daughter has several domestic ducks, and chickens in a coop and large run. She rescued/adopted a drake, a few years ago. Over the past couple of years he has become aggressive with the chickens, pulling out their feathers, etc. My daughter loves him, and doesn’t want anything to happen to him, falling into the wrong hands via rehoming, but she is at the point where she needs to find him a new home. Would you be open to letting him join your flock? Thank you so much. Karol

    • Hi Karol, so sorry for the longh delay, seems I overlooked some of many messages. Please call me tomorrow at 248-446-2021. Thanks, Matt

    • Hi Karol, if there any way I can still be of assistance, please feel free to call me at your convenience. Thanks, Matt 248-446-2021

  17. I saw your facebook page had made a comment on the ButterCup Duck Page back in 2015 about possibly getting prosthetic legs for some of your ducks. Did you ever find a place?

    I ask because I rescued a muscovy duck and she has a deformed once broken leg. She can barely walk and im looking at possible surgery or an amputation. Would love to know if you ever did locate a prosthesis maker and how were your results?


    • HI Ana, thanks for your interest. The organization that had Buttercup never responded to any of our emails. However, I did find a place near me in Ann Arbor that was willing to make one for our Daisy, but before we could get her measured up, her stump became soft and we weren’t able to fit her at that time. If you’d like the info, I’d be happy to forward it to you.

  18. Hi! There is an abandoned Pekin on White Lake. I have been trying to catch her for almost two months to no avail. Are you able to help me? I’ll gladly take her in with my other two Pekins. Please let me know.
    Thank you.

  19. Hi matthew, there are a couple of banded and abandoned rouen ducks on my campus who are slowly starving and freezing despite my best efforts to care for them. I’d love to save them as I’ve had ducks before and even rouens in particular and love them. I have successfully scooped them up as they are very tame and cannot really fly and was going to take them in after taking them to a vet but my campus police stopped me, mistaking them for wild mallard ducks. ugh. I live on Eastern Michigan University’s campus during the school year but the ducks would have a nice comfortable home at my moms house who has everything they need. I am certain that if I had you there alongside me to rescue them my police would not care as they have told me if I can have them removed by a wildlife expert and prove they’re domesticated i can adopt them from that rescue. please help.

  20. Hi matthew, there are a couple of banded and abandoned rouen ducks on my campus who are slowly starving and freezing despite my best efforts to care for them. I’d love to save them as I’ve had ducks before and even rouens in particular and love them. I have successfully scooped them up as they are very tame and cannot really fly and was going to take them in after taking them to a vet but my campus police stopped me, mistaking them for wild mallard ducks. ugh. I live on Eastern Michigan University’s campus during the school year but the ducks would have a nice comfortable home at my moms house who has everything they need. I am certain that if I had you there alongside me to rescue them my police would not care as they have told me if I can have them removed by a wildlife expert and prove they’re domesticated i can adopt them from that rescue. please help. I’d love to take in and care for these babies but I don’t want to get in any trouble. I will keep feeding them until I hear back from you and pray they don’t freeze out in this weather

  21. We came home to find 4 mallard ducklings in our pool. Appear to be 1-3 days old. What should we do?

  22. Hi Matthew,

    I have three Pekin Ducks I can no longer take care of, and I need to find a home for them. I was wondering if you could take them in or recommend me to someone who could. Thanks.


  23. hello! We have 4 baby ducklings in a small hole with water in it by our office building. There have been many tractors and machinery in the field for development. We have not seen the mother duck in 2 days, and we are trying to find someone to come rescue them. Is this something that you can help with? We don’t want them to die if the mother duck does not come back.

  24. Hello, I am looking to add a few ducks to my flock and thought rescuing would be the most fitting way for me to go! Do you have a direction you can point me in for finding some? I absolutely adore anconas and cayugas and would love to add some. Currently I have a rouen hen and drake and welsh harlequin hen!

  25. I left you a voice mail about a injured duck that is located outside the front of the Office Max at 8 Mile and Haggerty. It appears that employees or someone tried to coral it with some carts to keep it from getting in the parking/rode. I’m not sure if it has had any water or really any food. One of its feet he keeps holding up not wanintg to bare weight on it. I’m not sure if this is something you would deal with or not, but I did a quick online search this sanctuary came up with positive reviews. When I had left he was laying parically in the parking lot right off of the side walk to the stores. I would hate to see someone hit him or anything.

  26. I’m not sure if I actually posted, if I backed out before posting or if it’s possibly pending admin. I left a voice mail pertaining to an injured duck at 8 Mile and Haggerty out side of the Office Max. I was shopping earlier in that plaza and noticed. It appears employees tried to keep put carts around it to try and keep it from wondering into the parking lot/street. From what I can tell it’s one front foot is the issue because it’s holding it the air and not baring any weight on it. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to the duck or for it to get hit. Not sure if it has water or food either. I found you by doing a quick online search and reading some positive reviews. Not even sure if this is something you may be able to help with. Thanks.

  27. Good afternoon!

    I just left a voicemail for you but thought I should e-mail, as well.

    I’m a teacher in Northville. We have a courtyard at our school and a mallard duck returns every year. Unfortunately, our courtyard was recently re-landscaped and it no longer is a very safe place for the duck and her ducklings.

    We called a few weeks ago and you suggested calling again when the ducklings have hatched, which they did over the weekend and yesterday. It looks like she has about 10 ducklings and we are really hoping you can help us out.

    In the meantime, what can we do to help the mom and her babies out?

    Thanks so much!

  28. I just sent an e-mail with pic and now see this comment section so am posting here too.
    This duck has chosen to lay eggs under my tree and was spotted 9 days ago. I’m happy and protective of her. Took pic from within my house. She has quite a few eggs so far as you can see from this pic. Is there something I can throw down near her spot or put in a ceramic bowl (whatever is better, tell me) when she is away for her to eat when she gets back ? I won’t interfere with her, just want to know if I can give her something to eat to make her egg laying process easier. I want to help her out if I can but only if it would be beneficial to her.
    Thank you.

  29. Hi I need some help with duck family rescue . A family was born in the court yard of our school building and need a safer place to help them survive. I look forward to hearing from you in helping guiding us on what to do.

  30. Hi, I know that this is for ducks, but what do I do with a wounded Goose? I think he/ she was hit by a car and the wing looks broken and his neck seems to be kinked in an unnatural way. Very sad to see him suffering, but if someone helped I feel he could recover. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  31. We had a duck nesting in a tree next to our house. Last night the ducklings hatch and we’re trying to make their way across the street when a cat interfered. I chased the cat away and thought that the ducklings all made it. Today while doing yard work one came out of the bushes to the tree where they were hatched. I made the mistake of taking it to the pond near where the mom was. And now it seems to have imprinted on me. Is there any way you can help?

  32. I am contacting you about West Village Estates in Romulus Michigan there are so many domestic ducks in need of help missing feet broken wings most of them can’t walk babies are trapped in the sewers and there is a giant did great on the pond where the babies go today they are in desperate need of help!!! I am making this post anonymously please look into it the condition of these ducks is horrific!!

  33. Good morning. I have 2 adolescent ducks that were left at house that are in need of rescue. Not sure of the species but one is yellow and one is brown. They still have the fir and are chirping. I am feeding and caring for them but do need assistance as I cannot keep them. Please advise how I may get in contact with you. I live in Canton, MI.

  34. Hello, we have a canvasback duck that has been in our sub division pond for over 3 weeks. It still eats and swims well, but has not flown. We have tried to scare it but it just swims away. It will rear up and flap it’s wings but does not attempt to fly. Should we be concerned?

  35. We have a 1 year old female duck that we are looking to re home. We love her, we just have not as much time for her and we hate that she is locked up in her pen all the time. My kids use to take her out and play with her a lot but now that they are older and always gone she doesn’t get as much attention and that isn’t fair to her. I need to find her a good place to live and thrive like she should.

  36. We have a wild Mallard that got bit by a snapping turtle in our man-made lake. The duck can fly but not walk. Other ducks have attacked it while he was lying around and he was unable to escape them biting him. I want to rescue him. Can I bring him to you for rehabilitation?

  37. There is a female mallard duck toward the tip of island park in grand ledge that’s head us moving but body isn’t moving and laying in the grass. I can tell what’s wrong, but i wanted to try to reach out to someone.

  38. Hi, we have been caring for 3 pekin male ducks and two other femail ducks. Due to work schedules we no longer have the time needed to care for them. They are all about 5 or 6 months old and sweet as can be 🙁

  39. Hi, My yard backs up to what I think is called a city water drainage run off area. A very large ditch area that has several Mallard and I think Mottled ducks that live there. I think one of the Mallards is injured, it was limping and favoring its right leg. Is there anything I can do to help it? I truly enjoy my feathered friends, so if there’s something I could do please let me know.

  40. Hi Matthew,

    We have 4 Pekin (1female 3 Male) and 4 Blue Swedish (3 female and 1 male). We originally had the 4 Pekin since they were 5 weeks old and at the time didn’t know the sex until after they grew up. Of course during our last couple of years my Female Pekin was getting a beating when it came to mating. So it was suggested to purchase more females which we did (the blue Swedish) but none of the ducks bonded well together. To make matters even more complicated we have been having problems with Raccoons and I am afraid that we won’t be able to keep them safe, even though they have a big shed to sleep in. Would you be willing to adopt them to your sanctuary?

  41. Hello, I am currently taking care of two Pekins around 6 weeks old, they were a friend of mines and she asked me to take them and find them a home, I am currently working full time and I do not have enough outdoor space for them and I have to have them out by today orders of the other people in my household so please get in contact with me as soon as possible. Thank you
    313-443-2361 (Adreonna)

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