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My First Mistake..........
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DJ    Posted 04-01-2002 at 07:00:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, I think I've made a mistake. God knows I try to prevent it but now I have a problem.

(Don't laugh)

I bought four ducks. Now I understand that the wildlife is going to get em. Cyotes (sp) consider them a delicacy...

I'm not sure what to do to keep them safe or whether it's even worth the effort. I don't plan on raising ducks. Or is there a reason to have them around?

I could build a back yard pond and provide a little shelter for them but I understand they have to be placed in the shelter. Or do they go in the shelter on their own?

I don't know what to do. Maybe take them to the stock sale? Put a note at the corner store and give em away?


screaminghollow    Posted 04-01-2002 at 19:47:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Foul fowl creatures be ducks. Messy as can be, eat your veggies, leave piles all over, turn rain puddles into mud holes and worse. quack raucously. Bout the onliest thing they be good fer, is canard ala lorange. The eggs are mighty good, but the eggs aint worth the fuss of keeping the critters.


Donna    Posted 04-01-2002 at 14:07:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Racoons can chew through chicken wire like no bodies business, I would recommend a small welded wire, ducks do not need shelter, I have several and they have shelter, but THEY NEVER USE IT, they
can handle most anytype of weather. The only reason we keep them is for the laughter, and we sale the new ducklings.
Donna


Kathy    Posted 04-01-2002 at 07:27:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A small enclosure made of chicken wire or welded wire would contain them. An old dog house or a A frame made of scrap lumber & metal or wood siding will work for shelter. If you close them into the area for a couple days to a week they will know where'home' is.
In my opinion, ducks are a great addition to the homestead, they eat alot of slugs,bugs & such. Mine love ticks so they are worth their keep just for that use.
A childs wading pool will work for swimming, but until you can get one a feed pan filled with water will work. They do need water available at all times but anything that will hold a depth of 3in or so will work
Good Luck, Kathy


DJ    Posted 04-01-2002 at 07:30:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, wonders never cease.

Thank you very much Kathy.


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