My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mom. ::great big hugs::I'm mostly posting this because I'm so excited. My mom died in August, and she was the only person I know who truly got excited about these things, so I need to share with someone.
I haven't had Hawks attack my ducks yet. My neighbor's chickens have been taken out by predators. My property has a lot of trees, burn piles, and my dogs share the area with them. I don't let them out till 40 minutes after dawn and put them in before dusk. More you have, the more likely they will notice a predator too.For those of you who free-range...do you have hawks? That's my biggest worry with these guys.
Thank you! The ducks were kind of something she and I planned to do together, but she got sick shortly after I got them and never really had a chance to be a part of raising them.Sorry to hear about your mother. You will find a lot of us here excited to hear about your ducks. What a great reason to look at more duck photos .
They are beautiful ducks. They are going to love foraging. Give them time and you find them going further and further. Congrats on the first eggs!
In my experience, all ducks can be friendly. I find Cayugas and Saxony to be the most social. Muscovy don't like being handled, but go out of their way to spend time near you. I love my Pekin, but I wouldn't get them again. Too many leg health issues. They have great personalities, but sadly breed to live a short life. If you raise some new ducklings, we will all love to see photos!