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My ducks have discovered the pond across the street where there are 4 young ducks.  The male is attacking them as if it was protecting the female  or nest.  We do have a pond and another female sitting on a nest in our own yard.  He hurt one yesterday. My neighbor is threatening me and I just want to discourage them from gowing over there.  Would making their own food supply here help?  Right now they just eat with our chickens.


If I were your neighbor I would probably threaten you too. If your neighbor doesn't want your birds on their property it is your responsibility to keep them off, otherwise they have every right to deal with the problem how they see fit. Your animals are harassing their animals. If you don't keep your ducks out the neighbor could use deadly force to protect his ducks.

 

You could try to make them their own pond on your property. Though that doesn't guarantee they won't still try to go to the neighbor's pond. It's likely your only option is erecting a fence or enclosure for your ducks.

post #12 of 16
I have a creek down the hill from the ducks house and its about 100 yards away... they make the trek up and down the steep hill just to get to a measly creek! I wouldn't trust them with a pond smile.png
 
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post #13 of 16
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My ducks have discovered the pond across the street where there are 4 young ducks.  The male is attacking them as if it was protecting the female  or nest.  We do have a pond and another female sitting on a nest in our own yard.  He hurt one yesterday. My neighbor is threatening me and I just want to discourage them from gowing over there.  Would making their own food supply here help?  Right now they just eat with our chickens.


If I were your neighbor I would probably threaten you too. If your neighbor doesn't want your birds on their property it is your responsibility to keep them off, otherwise they have every right to deal with the problem how they see fit. Your animals are harassing their animals. If you don't keep your ducks out the neighbor could use deadly force to protect his ducks.

 

You could try to make them their own pond on your property. Though that doesn't guarantee they won't still try to go to the neighbor's pond. It's likely your only option is erecting a fence or enclosure for your ducks.

If you read my post you can see that I do have a pond which they have been content in for a year. They just recently started going over there.  My question was asking for suggesstions on how to keep them in thier own pond, not to try and make me feel even worse! 

post #14 of 16
Suzy Homemaker, can your ducks fly? If so, you may need to clip their wings and put up a barrier between your property and your neighbors. My Rouens and Indian Runners are too clumsy to get over a barrier of big rocks and are too heavy to fly. I have to clip my Muscovy's wing so she stays on my property, the first day I got her she flew over to the neighbors. Honestly I don't think giving your ducks their own feeding place will keep them away from your neighbors, unless they are really food motivated. You'll likely have to put up some kind of barrier but it probably won't have to be very big unless your ducks are super athletic.
post #15 of 16
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If you read my post you can see that I do have a pond which they have been content in for a year. They just recently started going over there.  My question was asking for suggesstions on how to keep them in thier own pond, not to try and make me feel even worse! 


I'm sorry if my response hurt your feelings. That was not my intention.

 

I think perhaps you missed the point of what I was saying. I'll try to state it more plainly. If your ducks go on the neighbors property and hurt thier ducks after they told you to keep them off they are within their rights to kill your ducks. You need to do more than "discourage" your ducks from going over there. You need to take immediate action to prevent it. As I previously stated, your only real option is building a fence or enclosure.

post #16 of 16

Thanks for the reply.  My ducks do not fly, they can only get about a foot off the ground.  We brought him to our back pond 1/2 mile away,, which is alot bigger, but he waddled his way right back.  We penned him up for 2 days and he was freed yesterday and sent back to the barn at night. He did get over to the neighbors once but my husband went over there immediately and sent him right back home. He has been told that I will make roast duck or duck soup and he will never see his babies,  if he doesn't stay home. Once the current duck eggs hatch we will encourage them to the back pond and giving them away with at least 2 of them are going to the neighbors. 

 

The neighbor has calmed down abit, I reminded him of how many times I have not only took care of his chickens and dogs when the were gone but also brought them back when they were in the road or at our farm.  He knows of his anger and apologized, and will be invited over for "duck dinner".

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