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We have always free-ranged our ducks but i'm thinking about the future

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As it stands, our 2 ducks (both KC/crosses) are big enough that nothing will go near them, no neighbourhood cats or anything, but i am unsure what to do when it comes time to have ducklings.

We currently have them free ranging on around 400m2 of lawn and gardens, they also have a swimming pool in addition to that. They have never been fans of being penned up, but i am thinking of designing a larger and more inviting coop in a spot where we can add a run if necessary in the future.

We are in NZ, and as such, in town there are no real predators, I was also wondering what peoples thoughts were on free-ranging the ducklings and letting the mother raise them without our intervention? has anyone done this, if i provide a warm area is that suitable? This was just a thought, just so Milo (our drake) can be used to them without being separated and then having to reintegrate them.

This is a wee way down the track, so i want to figure out what is going to be best and prepare accordingly.

Thanks....

I feel like i have posted on here far too much given that i have been a member for a whole 2 days or so.

12 Ducks... and 2 seasonal ducks technically..... Lady is a KC cross with Indian Runner, as are her 11 ducklings, the seasonal 2 are Zazu (ended up being a female), a mallard, and her boyfriend Dr. Drake

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12 Ducks... and 2 seasonal ducks technically..... Lady is a KC cross with Indian Runner, as are her 11 ducklings, the seasonal 2 are Zazu (ended up being a female), a mallard, and her boyfriend Dr. Drake

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Just let nature  be the guide.    Your adult ducks will protect their young..  You mention that where you are , the predators are not a real problem.   The cats may be driven off by the parents.   Are there a lot of cats there???      If so, then you should create a covered run to keep them until grown.  My cats do not bother my chickens.  I don't have baby chicks though. 

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I must say in my acquaintance are people who have lost ducks to cats….

 

Perhaps @duckyfromoz  can weigh in on this.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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Yeah I am thinking we may have to go that route when ducklings arrive, my ducks hate the idea of confinement, I'm struggling to figure a way to get them used to our presence, and the idea of a run and house.

12 Ducks... and 2 seasonal ducks technically..... Lady is a KC cross with Indian Runner, as are her 11 ducklings, the seasonal 2 are Zazu (ended up being a female), a mallard, and her boyfriend Dr. Drake

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12 Ducks... and 2 seasonal ducks technically..... Lady is a KC cross with Indian Runner, as are her 11 ducklings, the seasonal 2 are Zazu (ended up being a female), a mallard, and her boyfriend Dr. Drake

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