My little mallard duckling who was given to us by an acquaintance is now about a month old. I was reading that domestic ducks in WA state must be marked by pinioning, removing a toe, a tattoo or a fused metal leg band.
I won't pinion or remove a toe. I don't know who would do a tattoo and wouldn't a metal leg band cause problems with winter temperatures?
Is this really necessary? I plan on clipping her wings to prevent flight, but pinioning sounds so extreme.