Can pekin ducks freerange?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RubberChickenLubber, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    I may get a few, but would like to free range them. Do they stay around well?
  2. ZooZoo

    ZooZoo Songster

    Mar 21, 2007
    Northern New Jersey
    Yes, pekin ducks are great free rangers. I used to have a few on a small pond in the back of my house. They were great foragers and fun additions to the backyard. As long as you feed them they should stay around. I would recommend possibly locking them in a duck house at night so predetors cant get to them. They are easy raccon/fox dinners.
  3. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    My male pekin is too fat to fly, he and his buddies (3 Rouens, 1 runner) wander all over my yard, around the pond, in the edges of the swamp, in the pond (when it's liquid) and on the creek leaving the pond. I've been penning them up at night this winter but when the pond thaws I can't get them off of it and they slept on it all last year. About as far as they've wandered away is the length of the creek which ends about 200 yards from the house. There's more wet swamp beyond that but I think (fortunately) they don't want to get too far away from home.

    So far I've only had "death from above", no raccoons during day time anyway and the only raccoon I did see last year was floating dead on the water (no, I didn't shoot it, it was just there one morning). The two hawk/eagle deaths was of a half grown pekin, (I assume a hawk, no body was found) and a definite hawk kill of a runner, too big to carry away as it was full grown.

    So, in my limited 10 months of duck ownership, I'd say they'll stick around, especially if they have a reason too, like a nice body of water and tasty tidbits.
  4. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Boy I hope some free range on by me, I is hungry! [​IMG]
  5. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    Well I don't think I'll be getting them. I can't let my chickens free range due to an #@@[email protected]#$ neighbor. So I don't think I can let a duck free range either. [​IMG]

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