And then there was one..... :( I need opinions!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TajMaChicken, May 7, 2011.

  1. TajMaChicken

    TajMaChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three years ago I started my poultry adventure with 6 Rouen Ducklings and 4 chicks. A stray White Chineese Goose adopted us and then stole a duck egg and hatched it. Sadly last spring I lost four ducks when a bobcat moved in next door. Then a fox killed my precious momma goose. And a red tailed hawk killed my smallest duck this winter. So I had two Susie's left. I came home Thursday (which was my birthday) and only had one duck. [​IMG] They stay out on the lake all the time and after the fox got into their house they would come up at night. I managed to lure my last duck which happens to be the one my goose hatched into the chicken coop with food last night. I just don't know what I should do? We have been trying to buy a new house and I had talked about getting more ducks but I don't want to unless I know we will find a place with a pond. Should I worry about her being a loner? I am going to try to keep her in the coop at night, but I feel like it will be a miserable existence for her if I just kept her in their constantly (like during the day) She is used to swimming a 40 acre lake everyday. My honey mentioned we could list her on craigist and try to find someone else who has some the she could join.

    Help ya'll! What should I do?
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would list on CL to see if anybody has a duck you can bring home - and keep closing them in securely at night.
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Sorry to sound so blunt here...but as long as you dont provide protection during the day and lock them up at night- predators will continue to take your birds. Getting more will just be feeding the local predators. Keeping her in the coop may be lonely and a different life style for her- but if it will save her life is a better option than continuing to let her loose. Sorry that you have lost so many birds- but they must be provided with proper protection. Unless you can build a predator safe area for your duck /s- it may be kinder for your remaining girl - to put the ad on craigslist so she can go and live somewhere that is safe for her.
     
  4. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I'm sorry for all your losses. [​IMG] DON'T GIVE UP! Your one duck deserves a friend to live with. [​IMG] BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR DUCKS !! [​IMG]
     
  6. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is a thought trap or kill the fox and keep a better eye on youre ducks. Death is a fact of life, give them the best life you can while you have them.
     
  7. julie75

    julie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry for all of your losses. [​IMG] Just remember that the predators are out there and if they can come to your backyard to get an easy meal, they will be back. If it's possible build her a run so that you don't have to keep her locked in the coop all day. Give her a small pond or kiddie pool in her run and I promise she will be just as happy, if not happier, because she will feel safe.
     

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