I have one Muscovy Duck. I've had her for a year and a half and she's very sweet and lets me pet her. She lives with a flock of chickens and they are often cooped up, but I let them out a lot as well and they all stay in the yard. Last summer, and then again last Friday, the neighbor's stupid dog came over and attacked the flock and the duck flew away. We live uphill and across the street from the Hudson River, with a road and lots of trees in between. There's also a canal between the trees and the river with a strip of land separating the bodies of water. We managed to get her back both times with great effort. This morning I let the flock out and the duck didn't waste much time flying over the trees and into the river. :( I was afraid to clip her wings in case of another dog attack...but now I wish I did. The two other times she flew away she was fleeing direct danger...but now I think the water was calling to her. I have to work today so I can't go after her until tomorrow maybe...I've been sick and had to wade in the water to get her back the other day...I really don't want to have to do that again.
The question is...what are the chances she'll come back on her own? It's winter in upstate NY and it's freezing cold. The canal is frozen but the river isn't and we're supposed to get snow this afternoon. My house is uphill from the river with trees in between...I feel like flying downhill is always easier than flying uphill....easier to fly away than to fly home perhaps.
What do you think??? :(