Do I NEED to clip their wings??????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by midwestmilkmaiden, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. midwestmilkmaiden

    midwestmilkmaiden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A " friend " dumped off his ducks to me about a month ago and they were young then.. Now they are starting to fly!

    I hadn't planned on getting ducks, therefore, don't know much about them .. yet .. so, I've heard you need to clip their wings ??? They've been flying for about a week now, but just around their pasture area.. they don't go too far and are always back at night in their coop..

    So, just wondering if it's essential to clip their wings.. or not! [​IMG]
     
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    what sort of ducks are they?
     
  3. midwestmilkmaiden

    midwestmilkmaiden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovy
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    no, it is not necessary at all. they will figure out where the food is and where the home is and they wont go far.

    they like to roost and will do so high up, so keep them close to home for awhile. if they don't "get it" at first, then clip. after that, it'll be cake work. they like to fly to stretch in the morning, and to get up into their spots at night. other than that, they are pretty much on the ground.

    my muscovies are fab. you'll love them i bet! smart cookies too!
     
  5. midwestmilkmaiden

    midwestmilkmaiden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to hear.. I really didn't want to clip them!

    ANd.. yes, I already do love them!!.. they are so entertaining!!!

    On the other hand.. we do have quite a few and my husband wants to butcher about 10 of them .. so I'm trying to work myself up to that point!! [​IMG]
     
  6. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    You probably noticed already but the drakes generally don't do much flying. If they do fly, they don't get up very high. Also, as my breeding girls aged they got heavier, fly lower and not as often.

    They are mighty tasty. [​IMG] We are a bit overrun w/Scovy and when those young drakes get to being too ornery, it will be easier to "get to that point." [​IMG] I now threatening them w/dinner plans when I've had enough of their misbehavior.
     
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