An introduction with a lot of questions :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Khakigaspa, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Khakigaspa

    Khakigaspa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2013
    Hi! I'm trying to work out exactly what I need to do to make the most of this 'knowledgable' forum and I do realize that it is 'Backyard Chickens' when I actually have ducks :) but was led here by a duck question I posed on Google. By way of introduction, I live in rural Australia in a lush green valley several hours from the coast...have a dam ( large pond) and a duck house, just finished sitting on the edge of the pond with a ramp leading down to the water. We do have a fox problem which is why we built the house but my flock of seven Khaki Campbell's, five Muscovies, two Geese and four Pekins don't want to go in at night. They have worked out their own protection by swimming all night to avoid attack and forage and sleep throughout the day. Wonder if this is stressful/unnatural for them and as winter approaches too cold? The ducks are all around three to five months old and the drakes (KC's) just have their adult colors. I'm thinking I will have to begin training them and planning a holding pen to lure them in at night with food and then up the ramp into their house. The girls are not yet laying and I know will need somewhere to go for nesting, so hoping they will naturally embrace their house as a place to lay.
    This morning I found one of my drakes dead in the water, not a mark on him. He was looking and eating normally yesterday, fresh feed, beans, lettuce, scratch mix, the usual. I'm thinking he could have been bitten by a snake, eaten some toxic plant? What I do wonder , is if it's possible he has been drowned, in a competitive way by the other two, much more robust drakes? Does anyone know if this is competitive drake behavior at all, once hormones in a flock kick-in? Are there any other reasons a seemingly perfectly healthy duck dies so suddenly? Thanks ahead for any feedback or suggestions you may have in improving my ducks life. Don't want to just wander on without knowing I could make a better choice to keep them Thanks!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    I hope you'll join us down in the duck section for better responses [​IMG].

    That shouldn't be a problem regarding winter but I'm still a bit concerned about how easily predators can get the birds at night if they aren't locked up. Pond houses are less than ideal when it comes to keeping predators out.

    There's several reason why your drake could have past. It's not unheard of drakes trying to drown other drakes especially during the breeding season. Hormones can turn ducks into very aggressive little birds.
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  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] Kevin gave you some good advice.
  4. Khakigaspa

    Khakigaspa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2013
    Kevin, thanks so much for spending the time to answer my post. It's great to know you represent a bunch of people who are experienced with little flocks :) as for the 'Duck Section' , how do I join you there? Sorry, not sure how this site works yet...can see there is a duck thread, do I just post from there?

  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, khakigaspa, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Sorry to hear about your duck. To answer the question about posting from the duck thread, yes, when you are there just click the Start a New Thread button and type away! Good luck to you!
  6. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined BYC

    My friend has ducks and she has the same trouble you are having. They wont go into the secure coop at night and prefer to "take care" of themselves
    Problem is, she has lost a couple to predators but they still wont go in the coop at night.

    Hope you get all the answers you seek on the duck thread. Good luck
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I see you found the Ducks section. You will very nice and helpful members there [​IMG] This section explains how things here work, what they mean, how to do things etc:

    Enjoy the site!
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. It is quite possible that the two other drakes teamed up and drowned the smaller drake - they can get sort of whacky when breeding.
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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