Exercise?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lady Onion, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Lady Onion

    Lady Onion New Egg

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    Hi all,

    I am new to waterfowl and farm-type birds in general. After doing some research, I decided to purchase a pair of call ducks. I keep them primarily as companion pets (they allow me to stroke & handle them) as well as providers of free eggs for my dogs, who eat a raw diet. The dogs love, love, love duck eggs.

    The ducks are kept in a 5ft W x 5ft L x 7ft H PVC-pipe enclosure (pictures soon) complete with a pretty little pond, grassy area, edible greens and duck-benches. Unfortunately, there isn't any other duck AND predator-proof area available (outdoors) for them to run around. I feel awful having them in a small little enclosure all day long.

    My questions are:

    What are the exercise needs of a call duck? I can imagine, as owner of their very-distant cousins (parrots) they would require plenty of exercise to fly, swim, play, etc.

    Does any one allow their fowl to come into the home? I was seriously thinking of allowing them to play, daily, in our basement.
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Sounds like you have a pretty good set up and I'm sure they're perfectly content.
    Giving them some flying/play time in the basement isn't a bad idea. I let my out to play in the grass, but ONLY under supervision because of the hawks.
     

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