Ducks will not get on pond after one attacked by snapping turtle

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kaywes, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. kaywes

    kaywes New Egg

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    We built a pond for our ducks 6 years ago and have never had a snapping turtle problem until this summer. About a month ago I happened to see a duck being attacked by a snapping turtle on our pond. Thankfully the duck got away, no chunk out of its foot but injured, and it is doing fine now. We jugged the pond and caught not just one but 3 snapping turtles! Jugged it again several more times and we have not caught anything else. Let them out of the pen after we caught the turtles and they usually run and jump in the pond. Not one single duck out of 41 ducks will get on the pond anymore! Having the pond is what has kept my ducks safe when predators come around they jump in the pond. I can not keep them locked up in the pen all of the time. It has been a month now and they will not get on the pond at all. Won't even use it to drink from during the day. What can we do to try to get the ducks back on the pond?!
     
  2. kaywes

    kaywes New Egg

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    So they will never use the pond again?
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    How would you feel if something traumatic happened like that to you or one of your flock mates?. Hopefully eventually they will feel safe enough to go in the pond again it will take time though, and I'd say you'll have to jug often for snappers since from what I have read they will travel great distances to find water. maybe try wading out a bit into the pond and see if they will follow or if it's a big pond put a small boat of some kind on it and see if you can coax them in by throwing out some kind of treats that float. Glad to hear the duck that was attacked is okay and nothing critical happened to it, not always the case. Let us know what works and how you went about it for others who may end up with something like this happening. and
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