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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by theawesomechick, Mar 20, 2014.
Also I VERY much recommend living in a rural area .
I've picked up from a lot of sources that ducks are very messy (and I've witnessed actual ducks being awesomely messy), is this true for the most part?
Oh if only... stuck in a suburb.
Yes, ducks (especially ducklings) are extremely messy as they like to play in their water/drinker.
But I think that is if they are in a confined area such as a stock tank (for ducklings).
One VERY useful resource that I have found for raising ducks is "Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks" by author Dave Holderread available at Tractor Supply Co.
I feel your pain of loosing my beautiful ducks
The best thing to do is always introduce the ducklings to the adults that have survived the years past , somehow the new ducklings learn from this
Also leave maybe like one batch for the mom and then incubate the other batches that way the mom passes on her knowledge to her babies and when you put the babies you raise with the babies of that batch when they grow up they communicate and eventually all learn how to avoid predators .
A duck's food does not have to be wet but they must have access to water at the same time that they have access to food so they can swallow their food..
Are ducks somewhat less susceptible to hawks than chickens?
You don't even know they'll try to swim in the water even if it's less than 5 centimeters
Try to swim in there food
Stuff is thrown out everywhere
Bad part is if you incubate them you need to keep then inside for a while and cleaning that up is heck . But it really all is looked over by beautiful patterns when they grow up and how cute they are when little
Yes and no , Muscovy ducks , I've never had a problem with hawks ,
Rouens , never had a problem
Flightless mallards hawks will MURDER in less than 2 seconds
Ducklings though , VERY MUCH SO . And turtles will eat ducklings so fast you can't even blink .
But really if you get some get Muscovys very easily tamed vey calm do not make any noise and can fly just enough to get away from predators .