Can ducks climb hills?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by crazylilchick, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. crazylilchick

    crazylilchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wanting to get a few medium weight ducks and we have a shared 1 1/2 acre pond. All the neighbors property slopes at about a 45 degree angle (totally guessing , but its steep)to the pond except for ours. We have a more gentle slope and live closest to the water. Can ducks walk up a steep hill? Will they stay on our side of the pond? The other property is like, grab hold of a tree to help you climb up the hill but ours is a small slope. What do you think? Ducks don't really look like they are built for climbing to me. Oh ya, the hill side is very wooded and our side is cleared and grassy. Will they stay on our side?
     
  2. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Hmmm.....why did the duck cross the road........? I think they will stay where they feel safe and fed. They can climb though-they flap their way up! Ours even do stairs. I would always feed them in the same spot. Good Luck!
     
  3. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    a couple large ducks like that would most likely not attempt to climb that hill.
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    They should stay relatively close to your side. They can climb hills, but I doubt they would if you keep them happy.
     
  5. crazylilchick

    crazylilchick Out Of The Brooder

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    YEA !!! Good to know. thanks all:) I'm going to try to keep them close to home.
     
  6. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might consider Muscovy ducks. Raised as ducklings they will stay home when grown. They have under developed oil glands so they get water logged if they spend too much time in the water. (Won't spoil your pond water.) The can fly but won't fly away so they won't have any problem getting up your hill. They roost in trees or just sit on the ground to sleep. They have personality and will remind their owner of a feathered dog as they wag their tail and will follow you everywhere occassionally.

    Runner ducks could also be a consideration.[​IMG]
     
  7. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Quote:We had a 2 month drought last summer that dropped my pond level 2 feet. That was too much for my pekin to fly up onto (the rouens and runners had no trouble flying up that far.) so I put in a board ramp for the big white guy. Otherwise they had no trouble with the slight slope. I'm guessing yours will stick around your side of the pond.
     

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