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help, are ducks the right pet for me!

post #1 of 9
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So I've been desperate to get some cayuga ducks for a while now! I've waited on 3 batches of eggs from 3 different people but none have been successful for one reason or another. I am hoping to hatch my own when we come back off holiday in a few weeks. The longer I've been waiting the more research I've been doing and I am wondering if ducks would be good pets for us! I don't have the largest of back gardens. It's about 10 1/2 metres by around 4 metres. I was thinking they could just have run of the full garden and then go in the house I have for them at night. Is this space okay for 2 or 3 ducks!? I also have 2 children so I am thinking I know ducks poo alot, and with me not having the biggest of gardens I am guessing my grass isn't going to be a pleasant place for my kids to play haha!? Is the poop easy enough to hose off to clean the grass or will I be saying goodbye to my grass all together ha? Also I know they can be smelly. Is it really that bad when are outside? I will obviously keep them as clean as possible but wouldn't want next door to get annoyed if they can smell them over the fence!
I would really really love some but wouldn't want to get some for it to jot work out or for them to be unhappy with the space they have so any advice but I get some would be great. Thanks!
post #2 of 9
Hi! Welcome to BYC!

How big is the house you have for them?

The garden sounds like it should work for 2-3 ducks.

As far as poop goes we have ducks and dogs. I never really notice the duck poo in the grass. Not sure if that's because I've got more land that they roam, I'm more focused on the dog poop, or it's really not an issue.

Hopefully someone else may have experience close to what you're planning and they may chime in.

Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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post #3 of 9

Hi! I'm not sure about space requirements, but, you can absolutely just hose the poop down into the grass or rake some of it up, and it doesn't hurt the grass at all, I believe the nutrients in it are good for grass.

The smell really isn't that bad, as long as you keep things clean. Water has to be changed frequently but if you're just using a little kids pool or something that's easy.

We have a basic filter set up, going for 2 weeks and that's kept the smell completely down, it just runs it through clay balls and some lettuce and cabbage plants, using a pump.

You can see the little set up in the back there before we added the plants, very simple, but honestly you're fine just dumping it out onto the garden as long as your pond for them is small. Excuse Sophie taking up most the picture, haha.

 

I use wood shavings as their bedding and just clean it out daily, if I left it for a while it'd stink but it's fine as long as I change it within a few days, I know other people use other methods for bedding, I haven't really looked into that stuff.

 

I love my ducks, I have 3 cayugas, they're not super friendly yet, they're just reaching maturity at 21 or so weeks, maybe 22 by now, hatching them should get you more friendly ducks, mine were 3 weeks old when I got them, which is supposed to be their scared phase. And as I spend more time with them they're getting better, they'll let me hold them for a few minutes now, they don't like being picked up, and they struggle sometimes, but they settle down for me. I'd definitely recommend ducks :)

 


My babies, Sophie at the front, Mei on the left, Kiki, my drake, at the back.

 

I hope this helps! Good luck!


Edited by Ghibli - 4/24/16 at 2:47am
post #4 of 9
Ducks just need a shelter in winter and at night, so if you provide a space for them away from predators, they'll be good. Good luck with your ducks!
post #5 of 9

Duck poop is mostly liquid. Hard to see in grass, so I wouldn't have your kids go rolling around in the ducky garden.

post #6 of 9
Duck poop is easy to hose off the grass and it provides excellent fertilizer. I walk barefoot in our grass all the time but I would not crawl around in it. Kids raised on farms tend to have a healthier immune system than kids raised in cities so I don't think your kids will suffer if they get dirty as long as they are at an age where they wash their hands and don't put them in their mouth. Ducks keep themselves very clean but their bath water is not good for kids to play in, although it makes good fertilizer. At least ducks don't lick their butts and then lick your kids' face, lol.
post #7 of 9
@DuckDover, where did you get your Australians' at? They are beautiful, I would love to get a pair next year!
post #8 of 9
They are all out of Holderreads but we got our first ducks second hand and now our flock is mostly ones we hatched ourselves. We started with greenheads and now we have all three colors. We picked up a bluehead hen and silverhead drake directly from Holderreads and that gave us many of our dilutes but we have picked up blueheads and silverheads by buying other flocks because people ordered more ducklings than they wanted to keep (shipping ducklings required a minimum order of 10 ducklings).
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They are all out of Holderreads but we got our first ducks second hand and now our flock is mostly ones we hatched ourselves. We started with greenheads and now we have all three colors. We picked up a bluehead hen and silverhead drake directly from Holderreads and that gave us many of our dilutes but we have picked up blueheads and silverheads by buying other flocks because people ordered more ducklings than they wanted to keep (shipping ducklings required a minimum order of 10 ducklings).
Wow... Ok I defiantly can't take 10 more ducks, I've already got 12, maybe I'll get welshies or calls
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