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post #11 of 14
Yes they will but if you clip there wings when they are young meaning having all their brown feathers they will never fly. My duck mallard duck flew away this morning because we did not clip her wings😢 but usually if you have food they will come back and because her drake is there.. smile.png
post #12 of 14

im haching baby ducks right now will they fly away

post #13 of 14
We have mallards - 2 hens and a drake. One if the hens has gone broody and is sitting on at least 4 eggs but maybe more since I last checked a couple days ago. I'm so excited that we will soon have babies;but brand new at this so need to find out how long this process takes. She's being a great sitter.Anyone want to give me advice or suggestions?? All welcomed.
Edited by Lynn Manes - 4/7/15 at 1:27am
post #14 of 14

Hell- I have ten 1 week old Muscovy babies and they are as cute as can be. We have a weekend house that we go to on the weekends to relax and unwind and get out of town. (Its about 1.5 hours from where we live). We have a fishing hole out there that the grandkids love to fish but lately the moss and algae and cat tails have taken over. I was curious if I could take a few ducks down there to eat the water plants and forage. We are in the Texas panhandle so there is no shortage of insects for them to hunt. My biggest concern with them being out there is not being able to pin them up at night and them wondering off because they are not getting fed regularly. (which, we were thinking about adding a few feeders that may hold them over for a while. we already have deer feeders down there but not many deer.) Should I clip the wing? Will they stay if I dont? Also, if I do clip their wing, would they still be able to get to their roost (think of a platform bed with a roof over it about 5 feet off the ground)

 

Any advice would be helpful!

oh and also, at what age would you be comfortable taking them down there? I would just really love for them to be there when we go, and watch them in the pond!

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