Did I buy ducks for my neighbors?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CurlyLindsay, May 10, 2009.

  1. CurlyLindsay

    CurlyLindsay Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    I got chickens and ducks this spring, both for the first time, and I am so in love with my cute little (filthy) ducks. [​IMG]

    I'd planned on free ranging them on my 15 acres, then I remembered my neighbors, about a half mile down the road have about a 2 acre pond. Are my ducks going to leave me for a new family? [​IMG]

    I have two pekings, two mallards, and they have been so much fun I'm hoping to get some Welsh Harlequins this week.
  2. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello!! I don't know if they will wander that far. I would keep them enclosed for a few days on the property so they know where to eat and drink, then let them roam. Mine are penned so I don't have to worry. Maybe someone else has more experience free ranging ducks..
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    I've had 2 duck wonder off to my neighbors, but they werent that far away.
  4. MariposaMama

    MariposaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Mariposa, CA
    I'm guessing that if you don't have a pond, they will probably spend their days feeding in your neighbor's and then come home to sleep at night. [​IMG]
  5. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Mine free range my backyard, fenced, but I would think if you give them a few wading pools they could be just as happy. Mine don't know any different and think they are in heaven ;-)
  6. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    We have 4 ponds scattered on our 160 acres and the closest is maybe 300 yards or so from the buildings and neither my ducks or geese know it exists and therefor no one ever tried to go there.

    I am happy they don't go there, the coyotes around here are bad and both the mallards and canada geese never manage to rear any offspring around any of our ponds since the coyotes either end up eating the females off the nests or destroy the eggs.
    1 pair of Mallards have faithfully been trying to rear ducklings for the past 6 yrs, no success yet.
    I hope to find her nest this year and rear those ducklings myself.
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    If they find it, I would think they would most definitely go there. Mallards can fly, so you might want to keep their wings clipped if you didn't pinion them. I doubt the pekins would wander that far, if they did they probably won't come back. If the mallards find it they could lure the pekins away. Make sure you have some type of water for them to play in, and maybe they won't wander. And clip the mallards wings. [​IMG]
  8. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    your mallards may leave... I had some a few years back and are now the subdivision mascotts... they visit everones ponds and raise there young... everyone watches for them when they are driving down the road...
  9. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Ha! Ha! I really had to laugh at this! Our neighbor's ducks spend most of their time in the creek behind our house! It's great! I get to see them and feed them. They swim by sometimes when I'm up in a treestand hunting! I just sit and watch the show! Yup, it's wonderful! [​IMG]
    (The neighbor's property is about a mile away!)
  10. Lu King

    Lu King Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    On the Titanic
    The mascovy ducks that I bought about seven years ago return to our place every winter. I am surprised that they know exactly where we live. I love to see them come in for a landing. It is like a jet landing...so smooth.

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