Ducks and fishies?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by farmerlor, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    So I've been thinking [​IMG] since Wifezilla the evil enabler has instigated my new duck passion, about getting some kind of water/pool/thingy. I'm wondering, you know how just for jollies we go get little wormies or crickets to feed to the chickens for a treat? Would the ducks, when they get big enough, like to have a little gold fish or two in their pond for a treat or would that be silly, dangerous or stupid?
  2. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    I got them minnows occasionally when i was a kid...i had a chicken who would catch them over the side of the pool! I would make sure they are healthy looking fish, no fungus or parasites...otherwise don't see why not...
  3. 10 cent feeder fish from the pet store. Your ducks will say Yum Yum!
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

  5. Nessy

    Nessy In the Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    Southern Cali
    I bought 50 feeder fish one time for my Mandarin ducklings as a treat. The bag lasted less than a few minutes and they only lasted a little longer because the mandarins enjoy making a game of it, but as soon as my Indian runners figured out what was going on they pushed the mandarins out of the pool and the fish were gone in seconds.

    By the way have you tried snails? Its a tad messy to say the least, but there is nothing as hilarious as an Indian runner duck trying to fit just one more snail down their throat when they are already covered in snail from eating the previous 20.
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    They LOVE feeder fish treat

    (and who you calling evil!!! [​IMG])
  7. rbseggs

    rbseggs Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    I often times go to the bait shop and get minnows for the call duck ponds. cheap and more of a natural fish than the goldfish would be not that I think that matters to much.
  8. mbrown

    mbrown In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2008
    North Florida
    We get the 10 cent fish from Walmart and feed them to the ducks all the time. They LOVE it!
  9. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I wouldn't go with goldfish, depending on the type of pond (maybe in a wading pool....) Wouldn't want to chance one surviving and reproducing. They are a carp and would not be helpful to native species. Bait minnows should be fine, though.
  10. squeakyduck

    squeakyduck In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2009
    Could Bluegills work for the adult ducks?

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