Can I legally do this?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by polk county, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. polk county

    polk county Chirping

    Oct 20, 2009
    There is a public lake in the downtown area. At this lake is a large flock of indian runner ducks always waiting to be fed. I would like raise some at my place. I wonder how much trouble I would get in If I caught some and brought them home. After all who owns these ducks? There non native so they arent protected my any laws.
    Any ideas. I doubt calling the city would get me very far.
  2. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    You might get some strange looks, but I think you can. Seems like abandoned ducks aren't high on the priority list for officials. They really don't belong there. I have considered picking some up from my local pond as well. There are two gorgeous Kahki drakes and an old Muscovy hanging out there... You could always put in a couple of calls to be sure.
  3. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    You just have to find out if they are fed by the state or not. Some parks will hire duck/goose keepers who tend to their needs. It shouldn't be that hard to figure out.. Ask the groundskeeper maybe? With my 50 ducks, the Park Rangers actually wanted them gone and didn't care what we did with them, since dumping ducks is illegal and they can interrupt natural breeding processes.

    If they aren't fed by the state, I think taking a few is fair game, especially because they might get around to eliminating them. People will look at you strangely, so you might want to do it at night or something when they'll be easier to catch anyways. Good luck!
  4. Senna95

    Senna95 Songster

    Apr 6, 2010
    Or tell em they're yours, and they escaped.... ;-)
  5. I agree with Puddle Foot, ask the park rangers or groundskeeper if they are maintained by the park...If you are told no, then by law they belong to no one and are considered abandoned and you should have no reprecussions with 'rehoming' [​IMG] a few of them.
  6. SDChef

    SDChef Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    Talk about an cheap Duck dinner....... j/k ;-)
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    And consider it a rescue effort. If no one is actively tending them, they need a home, so you'll be doing everyone a favor.

    Good luck! [​IMG]

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