Can I put a collar on my ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gnmrk2000, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. gnmrk2000

    gnmrk2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 4 Pekins who are 8 weeks old. When they were tiny, it was easy to tell them apart. Its not so easy anymore! [​IMG]. I would love to make collars for them using my daughters friendship bracelet kit. Can anyone offer any tips for me as far as the safety of doing this? I would love to polish their little toe nails to help identify them, but I'm sure it wouldn't last in the water haha!
     
  2. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would certainly avoid a soft collar. Even hard plastic neck collars like used on geese don't work well on ducks. Their necks ar etoo short and they will get their lower mandible caught in the collar.

    Clint
     
  3. CranberryCreekFarm

    CranberryCreekFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you thought about banding their ankles? Either poultry bands or plastic zipties work. Just be sure to check them often to make sure they don't get too tight.
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Leg bands would be a much safer option. You can get different colored zip ties at hardware stores. Just be sure to check them often to make sure they are loose enough, and replace them as their legs grow.

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  5. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. gnmrk2000

    gnmrk2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all. I will go with the zip ties on the ankle! BTW, am I a bad mama or do others have trouble telling their babies apart?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:I have 3 solid white muscovies and I used the colored zip ties and check them frenquently to make sure they are still loose.
     

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