Florida Duck laws

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AwesomePrussia, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. AwesomePrussia

    AwesomePrussia New Egg

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    Are ducks allowed in Florida? Because I've been thinking of getting some.
    I'm doing research and all.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    We have quite a few members from Fl with ducks. [​IMG]
     
  3. justlkn

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    I don't believe there are any state laws pertaining to the owning and raising of ducks. The only law that may come into effect is possibly a noise ordinance (local). In our county if you have an animal that can be heard across property lines then you could be an issue. This is what our local ordinance says:

    Animals. The owning, harboring, possessing or keeping of any dog, animal or bird which causes frequent, habitual or long continued noise which is plainly audible across the property line of the animal owner, lasting 30 minutes or more while the animal is unprovoked, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this Ordinance. For purposes of this sub-section, a citation may be issued when two (2) or more complaining witnesses who reside in two different chambers or dwelling unites) complete sworn affidavits alleging the disturbance of the peace. A citation may also be issued when an enforcement officer witnesses the violation. This provision shall not apply to properly zoned, licensed and permitted kennels.
     
  4. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my experiences shipping ducks and ducklings, I don't think that muscovy ducks are allowed to be shipped in without special permits because they are a "pest species" in the state. But I don't think that pertains to other duck breeds.

    Send CelticOaks a message. She is in FL and would know much better than me!
     
  5. peachncrm37

    peachncrm37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can own Muscovy and Pekins without a license. Any other breed you are required to obtain a game farm license. Yes, even if just for personal use. Go to the Florida fish and wildlife page :) the license is $50 a year.
     
  6. justlkn

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    peachncrm37 is exactly right! Sorry I gave you bad info. 23 years of law enforcement in a rural area so I assumed I knew. We all know what happens when we assume...lol Took me a while to find the exact exemption but here it is:

    http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/faqs/
     
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  7. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, but what about Harlequins, swedish, rouens, etc. They all fall into the "domestic" duck category. It doesn't make sense that you can have muscovy and pekins but no others without a permit. I understand wood ducks, swans, etc. Birds that could be considered "wild" or "non domestic" (though muscovy are considered wild there too)
     
  8. peachncrm37

    peachncrm37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same thing you need the game farm license. I said the same exact thing as you are though, but by Florida law they are still considered wildlife.
     
  9. peachncrm37

    peachncrm37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't remember how the lady at the ffw explained it but basically it's just another way to get money.
     
  10. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course!

    If it were me, and I am all for following laws and such, get what you want. Raise them/breed them/ keep them, whatever you want to do with them, and don't worry about it. Most of the time they won't even know about it unless you have neighbors that complain, or you inform them. Unless they have people enforcing it by "checking around" and making house/farm visits, how would they know? And what's the worst they can do, fine you for not having a permit?
     

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