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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckking, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. duckking

    duckking Songster

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    Can i give my two month old mallards and my two month old rouen goldfish (the real fish not the cracker)????
     

  2. KansasKid

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    I am curious as well. I know that people on here sometimes give the minnows and stuff for treats (probably cheaper to go with minnows) but i have wondered if they can pass on diseases?
     
  3. dumb_cluck

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    I'd be careful with the goldfish. They may choke on them. I went to a bait store and bought minnows that are certified disease free.

    I only gave them minnow ONCE IN A WHILE. Not a steady diet.
     
  4. shchinchillas

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    I have given the TINY goldfish that you can get at a petstore--the feeder fish. However my ducks were a few months older at that time...
     
  5. Judy

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    A wild great blue heron once hung around my backyard for a couple of weeks, gradually eating the grown-up goldfish in my little backyard pond. They were several years old, like 6" - 8" long. Certainly didn't seem to bother him. I have heard since that this is a common occurrence; people put fake herons by their ponds to discourage this. The fish originated at WalMart, tiny inexpensive things, bought to eat mosquito larvae, which they did. Just my experience, of course, doesn't prove anything.
     
  6. mhwc56

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    Quote:be careful cuz sometimes "feeder fish" carry internal parasites
     
  7. Judy

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    There's always a danger of the eaten containing some disease or parasite. We know, for example earthworms carry some type of worm that can infest a chicken. But just try telling that to the average chicken who's out after a rain gleefully eating the worms that have surfaced or become easier to find.

    I'm sure there's a chance, but never heard of this being a particular problem.
     

  8. J3172

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    well I made the mistake of letting my young runners use my goldfish pond a couple of years ago, they ate all my fish!!!!
     
  9. LuckyDuck411

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    Quote:Earthworms are intermediate hosts for kidney worms and bladder worms (others as well)...not only can this be bad for your ducks/cats/dogs, but to yourself! This is why it is always good to deworm your pets and keep them on preventative treatment. Some parasites to not respond to anthelmintic treatments.
     
  10. duckking

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    So.......... yes or no:)
     

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