Brand new ducklings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fizzgig, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie just hatched 2 australorps and 6 call ducks. I am in Australia so try not to judge my calls to harshly good stock is impossible to find here. We have lost the 2 australorp chicks and 1 of the calls in the first two days despite the brood area being fully enclosed and wrapped in bird net. Usually I'd think rat or feral cat but I can't figure out how they are getting in. If anyone else has an idea let me know.
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Oh that is just the sweetest little duck. Do you think a snake could have taken them? Is there a more secure area you could put them in? Something with sturdy wire mesh instead of netting.
     
  3. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While we have had snakes in the garden before they tend to get harried by the magpies at this time of year as they have their young on the ground. We have yet to have one make it into the chicken pen let alone into the brood area. there is wire after we lost the two australorps I wrapped the brood area in netting in an effort to either prevent whatever was getting them or at least spot where they might be getting through. Nothing, no holes, no nibbles, no corpses.

    I'll probably move her to the indoor brood box with the remaining babies if we loose another. The only reason I haven't done it already is I've got four ducks sitting at the moment, there is not enough room indoors for all of them. We only have one brood box inside.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Welcome, glad you joined us.

    Sorry about the loss. Wish you had room to move all in now.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Cute babies! Sorry for your losses. Maybe you could move them somewhere else to brood them to keep them safe?

    Good luck and I hope you can figure out what is getting in. Welcome to our flock!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your losses.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your losses![​IMG]

    Cute ducks!
     
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry for your losses! Good luck with the rest of them. They're very cute!
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!


    I'm sorry for your losses. [​IMG]Adorable duckling!
     
  10. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. We still have 5 so here's hoping we managed to deter whatever it was.
     

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