Fostering Wild Mallards ducklings- need leg band suggestions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ducklady1010, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. ducklady1010

    ducklady1010 In the Brooder

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    My goal is to let the 2 wild mallard ducklings go free when they can fly.......but I would love to see if they come back. I have been searching for the best leg band for them. I have the plastic spiral type band for my other ducks.......but that doesn't last forever. Any suggestions on where to get decent metal bands?
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Try Strombergs
     
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Do you think after you have fed and cared for them they will know how to fend for themselves?
     
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    It all depends on what you have available: Metal rings need special tools and a second person to hold the bird, some plastic (spiral) leg bands require at least a second pair of hands. I am using colored zip-ties that i can attach and detach from my ducks without somebody helping me.
    Now Mallard ducks: If you raise them, feed and house them i seriously doubt that they would fly away during the cold season. They may look like "wild ducks" but they aren't! Dumping them, for example into a public pond would be as illegal as releasing a domestic breed duck into the wild. They will neither be able to feed themselves nor will they have the instincts to protect them from predators.
    Please be responsible and don't do that to any domesticated duck, it is cruel and they will die a horrible death.
     
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  5. ducklady1010

    ducklady1010 In the Brooder

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    ducklady1010 In the Brooder

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    You raise some valid points and it is a concern of mine. But, they are welcome to stay. I have 3 Khaki Campbell ducks, an adequate duck house, and small pond. Wild mallards come and go throughout the spring. I am hoping they will learn to forge in the pond area before trying their wings. Predators are always a problem.....even with the protections I offer my domesticated ducks. Yes, you are correct they will be habituated to humans.
     
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  8. ducklady1010

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    Thank you for this suggestion........I think I can use their spring loaded plastic ones.
     
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  9. WannaBeHillBilly

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    I bought those this year for my Spring Ducklings and wasn't able to get them on a ducklings leg without the help of a second person. And my wife refused… so i ended up with the zip-ties.
     
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  10. ducklady1010

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    I wondered about that. I think my husband will help but I guess I better ask him first. I do have the spiral type and I have had trouble getting them on so I imagine these would be even harder. Not very expensive though which is good if they don't work out for me.
     
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