Are you Peking kidding me?

TJAnonymous

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Feb 29, 2020
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Last spring my husband bought 2 ducks from TSC on a whim.... His intention was to have a couple of ducks on our pond and maybe they would also eat any mosquito larva wiggling around in puddles around the farm. All I can say is the "Road to hell is paved with good intentions...."

These ducks drive me bonkers. We've guessed from their look that they are Pekin duck or a Pekin mix. One actually looks closer to an Aylesbury but I doubt TSC would have that breed so I'm assuming it is a mix.

Pros:

They are pretty and soft
They are noisy, much like guineas, which could alert our chickens to potential predators.

Cons:

They are ridiculously stupid. Is this normal? I wish the money in my investment accounts piled up as quickly as stories of these ducks' stupidity.... They do not know how to use a feeder. Even when you toss them some food (on the ground, in their general vicinity, because you can't get within 10 feet of them), they ignore it. Doesn't matter on what type of food (veggies, fruits, pellets, doesn't matter). They could be STARVING and are too dumb to eat the food you give them. Honestly, I'm not sure how they are surviving but they must be eating something out of the pond because they aren't skinny.

They chase 2 particular chickens (1 hen, 1 roo) like the hounds of hell. These 2 particular chickens were raised from babies with these ducks. I don't know why they have such a vengeance for these these two particular chickens, but every day...all. day. long.....they chase these two *if* they can get to them. The ducks are not allowed in the chicken yard which is the "safe space" for my birds. However, the ducks will run up and down the fence and try to bite them through the fence. If I let my birds out to free range, they chase them all over the pasture and barnyard. I have nearly 20 chickens. They don't bother ANY of the others except these 2....

My husband asked me if I wanted to cull the 2 ducks. I'm torn. I hate killing them needlessly, but they do drive me nuts.... If there was a way for me to improve the situation, I'm open to suggestions. I THINK they are both girls although neither of them is laying yet. They are approx. 5 months old. I guessed on their sex because they have a clear, loud "quack" and not a hoarsey whisper.

Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?
 
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Last spring my husband bought 2 ducks from TSC on a whim.... His intention was to have a couple of ducks on our pond and maybe they would also eat any mosquito larva wiggling around in puddles around the farm. All I can say is the "Road to hell is paved with good intentions...."

These ducks drive me bonkers. We've guessed from their look that they are Pekin duck or a Pekin mix. One actually looks closer to an Aylesbury but I doubt TSC would have that breed so I'm assuming it is a mix.

Pros:

They are pretty and soft
They are noisy, much like guineas, which could alert our chickens to potential predators.

Cons:

They are ridiculously stupid. Is this normal? I wish the money in my investment accounts piled up as quickly as stories of these ducks' stupidity.... They do not know how to use a feeder. Even when you toss them some food (on the ground, in their general vicinity, because you can't get within 10 feet of them), they ignore it. Doesn't matter on what type of food (veggies, fruits, pellets, doesn't matter). They could be STARVING and are too dumb to eat the food you give them. Honestly, I'm not sure how they are surviving but they must be eating something out of the pond because they aren't skinny.

They chase 2 particular chickens (1 hen, 1 roo) like the hounds of hell. These 2 particular chickens were raised from babies with these ducks. I don't know why they have such a vengeance for these these two particular chickens, but every day...all. day. long.....they chase these two *if* they can get to them. The ducks are not allowed in the chicken yard which is the "safe space" for my birds. However, the ducks will run up and down the fence and try to bite them through the fence. If I let my birds out to free range, they chase them all over the pasture and barnyard. I have nearly 20 chickens. They don't bother ANY of the others except these 2....

My husband asked me if I wanted to cull the 2 ducks. I'm torn. I hate killing them needlessly, but they do drive me nuts.... If there was a way for me to improve the situation, I'm open to suggestions. I THINK they are both girls although neither of them is laying yet. They are approx. 5 months old. I guessed on their sex because they have a clear, loud "quack" and not a hoarsey whisper.

Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?
Where are you from?
 

Duck mommy 2019

Crowing
Apr 1, 2019
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do they have a coop atleast? if they are on the pond all day that explains why they aren’t friendly and aren’t used to eating the food you give them. if raised right, they are super friendly and sweet. mine go on adventures with harnesses, come inside to cuddle, and more
 

FunQuail

Songster
Sep 23, 2018
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Hello!:frow
Personally I wouldn't. The ducks I have are very smart and it has taken time and is still in progress but they are becoming tamer and calmer. I keep chasing down to showing them something new or checking for injury. I love my ducks and I'm glad I stuck with it, I was considering getting rid of them because I was starting to think they would never get tame. I have two extra drakes in there own pen because I don't trust anyone and I can't bring myself to kill them.
Good luck!
And if they are Pekin girls I hear they lay giant eggs and I can tell you from experience that duck eggs are the best eggs I have ever had in my life! And it's fun to feed them treats and see how the taste changes with your duck egg each morning! :D
 

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