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BeakyBuzzard

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 17, 2013
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Hello, we have had chickens & Guinea fowl for years. This winter (PA) w/snow on ground & storm predicted a duck showed up. Cold, her poop was frozen to her & hungry, we took her in. Now she is sitting on eggs & we thought we would get her some ducklings because unless her fling w/a rooster produces offspring Petunia will b highly disappointed.
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This has sometimes worked with hens. We are thinking of fencing the garden where the pond is located as Petunia has taken to following our Guineas who travel far & wide, much too dangerous for any bird let alone a duck w/clipped wings!
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Does anyone have suggestions on Petunia's type? Fencing? The garden is surrounded by Eunonymous bushes on 2 sides, 1 side of which is backed by 4' high diamond mesh horse fencing, 1 side 3/4 of which is pole building & 4th side which we look out on from house is grassy area which cannot be included within pond garden as snow removal, & trailers use area. I thought a wrought iron type fence across front lined with a wire w/smaller guage would look nice. Enclosing the top would b a challenge & not sure it could b done aesthetically & economically.
Thank you,
Chris
 
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silkiecuddles

FortheLoveofSilkies
Mar 1, 2015
4,616
1,545
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Florida
Pretty duck. Looks like a khaki or maybe a mallard.
Are you saying you think she mated with a rooster? I don't think that's possible for a duck and chicken to produce offspring.
And are you saying you want to build her her own fenced in area?
I don't think you need a roof, but you should provide her with some sort of shelter, like a dog house.
 

BeakyBuzzard

Chirping
7 Years
Jan 17, 2013
6
0
50
Hi,
Yes she mated with a rooster! Yes there have been cases of offspring resulting but very rare. Yes we are considering fencing the garden area where the small pond is located. There are 3 Alberta Spruce, approximately 25-30 years old, 1 is adjacent to upper & lower pond with an Azaela between pond & tree. This is where she has located her nest, it's very difficult to see under the tree & it gives her immediate access to both ponds. There are 3 very small Azaelas just planted & too young to provide shelter. The Japanese Maple is 30 years plus & provides shade in summer. The other shrub, name escapes me at moment, is likewise 25-30 years old & provides shade in summer. Eunonymous, 8' high x 2-3' wide surrounds 2 sides creating wind & sight barrier. Evergreen w/numerous low branches for perching- more benefit for chickens then ducks! East side has pole building 16' & then open for 10-12'. On the South side 18-24" behind Eunonymous is 4' high diamond mesh fence approximately 1-3" off ground (varies). The pond forms the perimeter of garden on Northeast side with a 2' wide path from grass to Southwest side where diamond mesh fence located. Path runs along railroad tie retaining wall that runs length of garden
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The picture gives you an idea of what I'm describing. The shed is out of the picture to the left.
We can easily create a roofed shelter for her hidden behind the Alberta Spruce & sheltered from winter winds & summer sun by Eunonymous bushes. Electric is located conveniently at back of garden.
Goal of fencing is to contain the ducks, thus preventing her & future additions from following the Guineas who travel across the road into the woods, neighbours yards, neighbouring farm fields, & our pastures! The Guineas can fly, while Petunia has had her wings clipped.
In this picture the Eunonymous had recently been cut back very hard. They are much fuller & taller now then in picture.
 
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