Free Ranging Oak leaves and debris ok?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KARy408, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. KARy408

    KARy408 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading a bit around here about how you all do it, I've starting letting my flock out of the run a few hours a day for some supervised free range time. It's been awesome to see how they behave out of their usual environment and to get them some more exercise, and really funny that one of our dogs and the cat has really taken to them (just watching/gaurding)! I have noticed though that my Pekins will put just about anything they come across in their mouths (or bills rather!) and I'm curious about what they are actually eating?

    Because it's still pretty hot here, they spend a lot of time foraging under an oak tree. I've seen them try to eat small acorns, but I think they mostly get spit out. However I am pretty sure they're eating the oak leaves, is this okay? We also have mistletoe growing in our oaks here, and they appear to be eating those leaves as well, although there are not as many on the ground now as the oak leaves. Also wondering about bits of moss they come across too.

    Anyway, just wondering if I should try to keep them away from these areas? There's still a bit of good good grass there, and lots of bugs...so it seems like a good spot for them otherwise! Any thoughts are appreciated!
     
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  2. KARy408

    KARy408 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. AmandaVirus

    AmandaVirus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't help you on the oak leaves, but I would pick up all the mistletoe or don't let them in the area where it falls, as I know mistletoe is toxic.
     
  4. KARy408

    KARy408 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Definitely needed to know that! I should be able get all those leaves out of there then.
     
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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