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Creek on Property...Would they Swim Away?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hokankai, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking into getting ducks, but I just realized that if I let them out to play in the yard they could easily go in the creek and not come back. Would they do that? There's really no way to block off the creek either.
     
  2. Dotty Duck

    Dotty Duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello there

    I have a stream next to my garden with wild ducks on it. My 5 ducks use the river but always come back to my garden - after all they have a cosy house and good food here.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    The only problem I would see is if it's fast flowing then they may get carried away to far down stream to find their way back home.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a creek that my ducks use. It is not very wide, maybe 4-5' through most of it. I have fencing that goes from their run to just over the creek. The fence doesn't prevent them from going further but I figure it is more of visual deterant.
     
  5. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The creek gets to be pretty strong when it rains a lot, but during the spring thru fall it's perfect. I wonder if I could somehow put a small fence in front if it to block it off.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I've seen it done before so you'll have to check it out and maybe you can on yours.
    before we adopted the Muscovy's that had been dumped on the river below our home they would travel the river down pretty far and fly back down below us, but most ducks can't fly , this river runs pretty fast so it was a big effort for them to paddle back up. it's a mt. river thats not as wide as most rivers. Thats why I'm thinking if it is running pretty hard they might not make the effort unless starving. Fencing would probably be a good idea. Hope you can figure something out,.
     
  7. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I really want to make this work but I also want to cover all my bases first :). How high would the fence need to be to keep them out?
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    So you want to keep them out of the creek completely? what breed of duck are you looking at, most domestics other than Scovie and Mallards and Calls can't fly very high if at all so probably a 4' fence would be high enough.
     
  9. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I would like to give them access to a little elbow/pool, so the fence would have to go along the creek and then have a section in it. Here's what our property looks like. There's a stream that meets up with the creek.


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    And here are some pics of the creek and the elbow area I'm talking about. I have no idea how I could fence it successfully without it looking hideous, haha. The ground is VERY muddy during this time of year as well. It'll suck your boots off if you step wrong.

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    That cleared area is our neighbor's property
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I can see what your talking about but your wanting to bring the fence up on both sides right to keep them from having access to the creek other than the part you have fenced ? I've seen it done and I would imagine someone has done it on here, and will hopefully see your post and weigh in. In other words fence in your property and bring the fence down into the creek and back up the other side. By the way your creek looks like our mt. river.
     

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