Ducks eat slugs but not my Hostas?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LLee34, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. LLee34

    LLee34 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, I have a little troop of 8 SWH's and this summer I am hoping they will eat all the slugs that have been decimating my hosta beds. I have to mulch the beds but the slugs do better every year and the hostas do worse. I do not want to use slug bait (or beer, or whatever). I can't convince the toads to hang around long enough to get them, so the only other thing I can think of is my lovely gang of ducks. BUT, I do NOT want them to eat all the hostas. Is there any hope for the hostas?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In my experience, everything likes to eat Hostas. [​IMG]
     
  3. LLee34

    LLee34 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, this is not the response I was hoping for....[​IMG]

    Anybody else? Huh? Please?
     
  4. Krazyquilts

    Krazyquilts Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    I've heard that in theory, ducks will eat bugs/slugs first and plants second, so if you don't leave them around your hostas too long, maybe the ducks won't eat them? Maybe?

    My general experience has been this: ducks are really just feathered piggies.
     
  5. LLee34

    LLee34 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, this makes sense....let them pig out on weeds in the garden, then waddle them over to the hosta beds before herding them back to their run. I would have to watch them in the hosta beds anyhow as it's too close to the street to leave them unsupervised. But, at least we have a plan![​IMG]

    Theories are good, until proven otherwise.
     

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