Originally Posted by Miss Lydia
A 3 sided structure would be nice/with roof @CyndiD
made one for her ducks for shelter. Do you lock them up at night? Sure hope so.
They are not as of now. We couldn't get rid of as many as we needed to this year. (Extra young males) so we left them out. I could lock 15 of the 37 up, but that wouldnt be fair. I've lost two that I've found dead. One was a mink (traps are set), other was an owl. Lost one to a hawk in the spring and an adult on a nest Maybe July-ish. Hhad some ducklings flat up disappear. I think they drowned. Locked up those babies until they feathered and didn't lose anymore.
The problem is not the night time at all. They float on the pond all night long or around the brushy edges. Everything I've lost so far this year was taken after sunrise and after the morning feeding at like 9:00.
My grandparents are too old to be locking them up at night and rounding them all up. And too emotional to lose any to a massacre if they arent Locke up before sunset. Right now I'm making the most of what I have. There is a gated fence that goes in the water a few feet surrounding the area that they spend the day on. It's going to be filled with Straw asap. They have a structure to hide under but i can go out and surround it from wind.
Ugh. I wish my parents would listen to me about penning them up but no one will!!