Anyway last friday my husband bought me two pekin ducklings and i have no idea how old they are. Im guessing about 15 days old, i did a little googling. Im new to raising ducks..hope i can get the hang of this all. I already have my fatherinlaw b....ing about how ducks are messy. Fyi we live on their land.
Within the next two weeks ill be building them a house and pen. Im still trying to get some ideas on what and how i want it.
I have a few problems with the yard... The list as follows
Mother-in-law feeds about 30 stray cats ...which shed stop cause she gets possums every so often.
The cats bring fleas to the yard. Ive never been somewhere where they jump on me just by standing in the grass. Ive been spraying but the past month its been raining alot.
When it rains the yard holds water esp if it rains hard for 10+ minutes.
They want the ducks in the backyard and i wanted them in the front being i hardly go in the back plus itll be easier to drain their lil pond into the front ditch.
Theres a chain link fence in the backyard that has school kids on the other side. I dont want them feeding or hurting my ducks.
Anyway thats a few problems im facing.
I know ill be building an above ground pond...possibly with a deck...or an gravel path up to the water. I somewhat know what i want for their house but im trying to decide how big i want to make it. I'll probably set up a gutter on the house to try to detour rain water away from their pen. Also plumbing for the pond to detour the water as well.
Do fleas affect ducks? How do i keep them off them? Any ideas? Ill continue spraying the yard when the weather permits. Also yall think ill have trouble with the stray cats going after my ducks?
And how do i go about learning if my ducklings are too hot? I took the lamp off them today cause they were just sitting by the water and for what little i know i think they were panting. Not sure what that looks like when ducks do it...