Marvell was surrendered to us by his family. Ducklings mature quickly and he just as quickly outgrew their home. Raised inside and on human food without other ducks as companions, Marv had a lot to learn about being a duck.
Step one was some quality vet care for this little guy. Even for a duckling, he was small for his age and his feathers weren't as far along as they should have been. He had too much fluff and not enough feathers for his age. Our vet confirmed that he was malnourished, but fortunately, thought a repairative diet of waterfowl feed and vitamin additives would fix him right up (and so far it's working brilliantly!).
As soon as Marv arrived, we thought it best for him to stay with an experienced foster family with two ducks of their own. Their excellent indoor/outdoor set-up would give him time to learn about life outside, while also receiving a high-quality diet and while having other ducks around. It was the perfect temporary solution for this little guy before transitioning him back to our sanctuary. Did we say temporary? We think this human-imprinted foster duckling might actually be in a foster-to-adopt situation! We'll have to wait and see if Marv's foster family will adopt him, which depends entirely upon how well their own two ducks take this little guy.