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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Brickman House 

I handle all of our ducklings routinely when they're in my bathtub brooder, and I can't say as though they act like they like it!

I do think it's important, though, to check them over regularly, and also to get them accustomed to being handled.  Most of the animals on our small farm are here for the long term (we don't run breeding or meat operations) and so they'll need attention periodically for routine cuts and scrapes, vaccinations, foot trims etc.

So we do play with the ducklings while they're in the brooder, and try to handle them and get them accustomed to people being around.  They still act like we're going to kill them every time we go near them, but it certainly hasn't made them more fearful of humans. 

Personally, I've come to the conclusion that the ducks are just the drama queens of our farm-- they'll pitch a bi**ch about ANYTHING!


definitely drama queens before I knew mine were girls I named them skitzo and freud

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just me and dh , daughter, son in law  grandson Logan9,grandaughter Sophie5 and  Garret 2 a 1 yr  old cairn/poodle puppy  40chooks of various pedigree and temperament 8 ducks  BLESSED BE
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post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by CHICKENLADY123 

whats the difference between a Rouen and a Mallard ?


rouens are bigger and heavier. more for meat i think.

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~*an egg come out of a chicken, a chicken comes out of an egg!*~
HENS: 4 Egyptian Fayoumis, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 4 Black Stars, 4 Red Stars, 2 Phoenix (a standard silver and a gold bantam) and 2 mystery meaties. ROOS: a gentle caring Cuckoo Maran and a shy but beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg. quite a flock!
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post #13 of 16

the key is to be Patient. If they shy away from yuor hand keep it where it is and let them get used to having the hand aorund them first. Then if you do get them ok near your hand pick them up and then place them back down.
Do this untill they are ok being picked up and then try to bring them to you :3

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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Brickman House 

Personally, I've come to the conclusion that the ducks are just the drama queens of our farm-- they'll pitch a bi**ch about ANYTHING!


Nay - that's the guineas.

I share space with 1 daughter, 1 very tolerant man (Himself), and an assortment of swans, quail, peafowl, turkeys, guineas, ducks, geese, and (of course) various and copious chickens and I might as well mention there are sheep, goats, horses. rabbits, cats, dogs, a mule & a snake around the place as well.
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I share space with 1 daughter, 1 very tolerant man (Himself), and an assortment of swans, quail, peafowl, turkeys, guineas, ducks, geese, and (of course) various and copious chickens and I might as well mention there are sheep, goats, horses. rabbits, cats, dogs, a mule & a snake around the place as well.
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post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by vtsarahb 

I just got same baby ducks.... and I've never raised any before. Are you supposed to handle baby ducks to get them used to people? Or will this just make them more fearful of humans?


My Rouens were pets, but the Cayugas were people shy..

I babied the Cayuga like I did the Rouens but they never allowed me to rub them..

The Rouen when they were little would lay around, pet them, etc..

I have one Rouen left running with the Cayuga now and they come about 6 feet from me about feed time..  But no more petting..

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1 Roeun, 5 Cayuga (now a mix of 12), 45 Bourbon Reds, 25 Red Jungle Fowl, and 22 Silver Duckwing Pheonix
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post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by KattyKillFish 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CHICKENLADY123 

whats the difference between a Rouen and a Mallard ?


rouens are bigger and heavier. more for meat i think.


True, but when they're babies, mallards have one eye stripe and a dot where their ear is, and rouens have two eye stripes.
Easiest way to tell them apart when young. smile

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Also - I was burned by eBay and Paypal with an egg auction, so I no longer sell Silver Appleyard hatching eggs. Sorry.
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Finally got my goats!
Also - I was burned by eBay and Paypal with an egg auction, so I no longer sell Silver Appleyard hatching eggs. Sorry.
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