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ducks digging holes?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by widgeon, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. widgeon

    widgeon Hatching

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    Hi,

    I'm a longtime reader first time poster. I recently had 11 pekin ducks in my yard, culled 9 of them for meat and are keeping the remaining 2 as pets and for eggs. I'm wondering...has anybody seen a duck dig a hole? If there's a muddy spot in my yard, the ducks sort of tunnel down into it and make a nice ankle spraining hole in the ground about 12" x 5". I'm thinking maybe they have a vitamin deficiency...or are just playing? Any thoughts?

    Phil
     

  2. Thast what ducks do. Wait till winter and lots of rain they will turn into craters 2 feet wide then they will make another, and another AND ANOTHER. I kid you not!!!
     
  3. SassyKat6181

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    Yup, mud is their favorite spot to make holes.....digging for whatever yummy creature might be in there.
     
  4. widgeon

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    Thanks for the replys Gofaster and Sassy,

    I had no idea they would do this when I got them. It's such weird behavior. Well, I guess it's not weird when you think of them digging for a bug, but...I thought they were just digging for the heck of it. : )

    Since you guys know what i'm talking about...another qeustion. Ever seen them sort of cock their heads to the side randomly, like they're trying to hear you better? Super funny...[​IMG]
     
  5. dianaross77

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    I love that look! Someone on here called the holes ducks make "doodle-holes", I thought that was really cute.
     
  6. tbitt

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    Quote:I love it when they tip their heads.


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    They can not move their eyes like we can so they tip their heads to see things better... [​IMG]
     
  7. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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  8. iamcuriositycat

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    I twisted my ankle a few weeks ago in a duck hole. We'd let the grass get too tall and I didn't see it. My ankle still aches.

    Yeah, this is something I always try to tell potential owners when they are first thinking about getting ducks. If you can't live with holes in your lawn and mosquito-attracting puddles anywhere water gathers, then you can't live with ducks.

    I LOVE all their cute little looks. And the tail wagging when they're excited. Ducks are so adorable I don't caret that they're also slobs.
     
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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  10. tbitt

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    Yes, that is one of my babies...they grow so fast it is scary!!!!


    and the hole thing...............Awww.........'taint nutten!
    I own dogs, darn little diggers.
    I now wonder if they were preparing my yard for the duck..........making pre dug holes! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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