Free range ducks aren't free ranging

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FeelingDucky, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. FeelingDucky

    FeelingDucky Just Hatched

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    Lol, the title says it all. This is my first experience with ducks, I have 10 5 week old ducklings. We've been putting them outside during the day in a temporary enclosure on our lawn. We've been letting them wander while we're home....and they don't really wander. They follow me if I'm outside, but mostly they just lay under one of our trees. Will they get more self sufficient as they age? We're planning on having them range all day, and only putting them up at night.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    5 weeks is still pretty young, they will get the hang of it all soon. Is it hot where you are? My ducks go in spurts they will forage then lay around then get up and start again. Are you going to supply feed along with letting them forage? Most of us do.

    @FeelingDucky
     
  3. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks don't really wonder that much (from what I know).[​IMG] Ducks like to sit in the shade and rest a lot, if they can't fly. so it might be commin for some ducks to sit in the shade and follow their "leader"[​IMG]
     
  4. FeelingDucky

    FeelingDucky Just Hatched

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    @Miss Lydia
    Thanks for responding! The weather has been great, around 70. We have shade, food and a little pool in their temporary enclosure. They are always more than happy to come out of it, and will wander freely while I'm outside. As soon as they are left to their own devices they just kind of hunker down. And yes, we will be supplying food always, we now are leaving it in their pen, and they never bother to go back to it unless I shoo them back in.
     
  5. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want them to like you even more try spending a lot of time with them and feed them some treats! it will help.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    it's their age. It's a huge world with lots of new things and your their security so when your out they feel more bold in moving around. They get better as they age Sounds like they have a great life.

    Do they have places to get under in case of flying preds? I know you said trees so that is probably also another reason why they like the trees, safety.
     
  7. FeelingDucky

    FeelingDucky Just Hatched

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    Oh they love us. [​IMG] A little too much, lol. We started training them from day one to follow us, in preparation of putting them in their coop at night. Now when we say Come here girls they all come running!
     
  8. FeelingDucky

    FeelingDucky Just Hatched

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    Yes we have lots of trees on our property, and good hiding spots for them. [​IMG] We're still keeping them in our house at night as we're in the process of building their permanent home....last night they walked themselves into the house and out themselves to bed! Lol. It's going to be a shock to them when they're out all the time.
     
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    My Ducks are a year old and they all still hang out at the back door...My Drake was imprinted on me and loves me....He is randy right now with breeding season in full swing so he has been following the sounds of wild Mallards and tries to leave home...:(.....For the most part he stays right behind the house with his Hens...:)

    I hope you have them used to sleeping in the dark?....My Ducklings were terrified of the dark...lol....They now have a solar light outside the window of their coop..:)....Silly Ducklings..:)

    Best wishes...:)
     
  10. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will take them time. All my birds have stuck close at first and slowly expanded their range.
    I would walk the little ones around so they could explore, but on their own, they had their safety tree and would venture out a bit further from that each day.
    None of mine will explore the full fenced 4 yards in the back, but I'm ok with that - less area to hunt for a missing bird that created a nest somewhere.
     

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