Fence climbing duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    One of my Khaki drakes has started climbing the fence. As I am about to catch him, he starts to flap his wings and literally steps up the fence. It's a welded wire fence and he literally walks his way up and flies down the other side. It's really funny to watch (need to break him of this because am afraid he's going to hurt himself). He's doing this every time I have to catch him to transfer from pen to run.
     
  2. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!! A video of that might win you some money!

    What about putting some chicken wire on the top of the fence so it blocks his way when he get up there.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    One of the hens did that last night [​IMG]
     
  4. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Yeah, need to arrange to have my husband around to take the video. Chicken wire is a good idea.
     
  5. maralynn28

    maralynn28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Cayuga drake did that too! He climbed and flapped his way over the top. I had to reposition the fence so he doesn't do it again. I don't want anymore bumblefoot!
     
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    can you bend the top 6 inches or so over at a 45 degree angle to make a lip on the fence?
     
  7. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Crap, don't tell me that. I just doubled the size of the pens and got them all separated into three pens for breeding. I use 6 foot fence, so hopefully not?
     
  8. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe this is how my little obnoxious jerks keep escaping.
     
  9. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    My Pekin drake used to do that when I put him in a smaller pen than he was used to - he was trying to get over the fence to my Indian Runner flock. He has settled down about them over the years- and hardly takes a second look at them these days. I did have to increase the height of the fence though as he did manage to get over it a few times. Poor guy got tired out chasing them around....he never did catch one that I knew about...those shorter legs sure were a hindrance for him.
     
  10. bwmichaud

    bwmichaud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's pretty common for ducks to climb fences. Mine will only do it for a reason though. If there is a female on the other side of the fence, the drakes will climb it. If you try to catch them, they will climb it. If you give the chickens treats, they will climb it. If there is a bucket of fresh water that they need to muddy up, they will climb it. If there is another drake on the other side that they need to beat up, they will climb it. Come to think of it, they seem to make their own reasons to climb the fence. [​IMG]
     

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