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post #21 of 26

A)  It's ok not to have ducks as your favorite :)  They do come with their own issues (just like any pet) and it is up to you to know what you don't mind and what is more of a pain for you.  For example, I have three cats because they are easy for me.  But I only have one dog because more than one dog is just too much (especially with three cats lolol).  A fishtank was too much bother for the reward, but my cockatiel is great (different work needed)
B) With so many cases of bumble foot, there seems to be a need to change their living situation.  Better living situation (removing whatever is causing the bumblefoot)=less stress for you.  I agree with you that once you get the new coop built, you will find your life getting easier :)

C) Simplify, simplify, simplify.  I know that I was getting weary of the mess and the SMELL of the ducks when they were in a smaller area (and I still mourn the grass that was there).  When they started free ranging during the day, it got incredibly more enjoyable for all of us.  When they decided categorically that they were going to stay on the pond no matter what I did, my life got both easier and more stressful lolol.

I also found that removing three drakes changed the dynamic incredibly--some ways for good, some ways for less than good, but overall much better.

Is it just ducks that you are not feeling very positive about anymore or is it a more general "winter blahs/loss of happy" thing?

post #22 of 26
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A)  It's ok not to have ducks as your favorite smile.png  They do come with their own issues (just like any pet) and it is up to you to know what you don't mind and what is more of a pain for you.  For example, I have three cats because they are easy for me.  But I only have one dog because more than one dog is just too much (especially with three cats lolol).  A fishtank was too much bother for the reward, but my cockatiel is great (different work needed)

B) With so many cases of bumble foot, there seems to be a need to change their living situation.  Better living situation (removing whatever is causing the bumblefoot)=less stress for you.  I agree with you that once you get the new coop built, you will find your life getting easier smile.png
C) Simplify, simplify, simplify.  I know that I was getting weary of the mess and the SMELL of the ducks when they were in a smaller area (and I still mourn the grass that was there).  When they started free ranging during the day, it got incredibly more enjoyable for all of us.  When they decided categorically that they were going to stay on the pond no matter what I did, my life got both easier and more stressful lolol.


I also found that removing three drakes changed the dynamic incredibly--some ways for good, some ways for less than good, but overall much better.


Is it just ducks that you are not feeling very positive about anymore or is it a more general "winter blahs/loss of happy" thing?
its a loss of happiness
post #23 of 26
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My ducks have been happy with just a nice sized rectangle.  They like having a swim pan, and a good base of compost and straw for the pen so they can forage for worms and bugs.
would somthing like this be good? Sorry, im not so keen on digramming duck pens
I just made it in like 1 min so its obviously not that good
post #24 of 26

It's a very good sketch, and that looks like a good setup.

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post #25 of 26
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It's a very good sketch, and that looks like a good setup.

Ok, things are starting to get way better. I picked up storey's guide to rasing ducks and that helped alot. I am also starting to build the cage.

post #26 of 26

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