DO you think I need to clip my ducks flight feathers? or is it just for the breed of duck you spechalise in?
I am getting a Welsh Harlequin, White Layer, Cayuga and a Buff.
your confined area with more shelter...What is that like? I have a chicken/duck yard that is fenced in by a wooden fence with a coop that is two feet up. would this be ok? or should I only give them supervised time out side and bring them in to the brooder for the night?
Our ducks can fly over the house if we do not clip their wings since they onlyvweigh two pounds. Heavier breeds may not get as high but ducks are smart so if there is a way to get over a fence they will figure it out. We have tree cover around our fenceline except the gate so now we have an arbor with roses climbing over our gate.
My confined area is under our plum trees so it is well protected plus we have several shelters for them to use as hides. There are no open areas in the plum tree pen so that deters the crows from coming in. We get alot of little birds taking shelter in our plum trees. We also have cherry trees but they are not mature and there is a lilac and another bush. There are so many small plum trees that the ducklings can hang out safely. This is our smallest enclosure and it is about 20'x30'so the babies have room to run around without getting lost in the yard.
I start mine with supervised time, then all day (with overnights in the bathtub) before leaving them out all day and all night. It depends on the size of the group, though, because there is safety in numbers and they can stay warmer in a larger duck pile. I also mix ages so I have to be sure they all get along before they stay out on their own.