1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Good duckies...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by katharinad, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    In late summer I had a bees/wasp nest in the ground in the duck enclosure, but in the furthest corner away from them. I ended up hanging up a bee/wasp trap with 3 different attractants in it. This reduced the amount of flying ones to almost none. Now is winter and nothing is flying around and I thought the nest was gone for sure. Boy was I wrong. The 9 ducks found it and dug it up completely. They ate everything that was dormant and sleeping in it. Good duckies!!! Now I'm sure the nest is gone for sure. No survivors means no off springs next year. This also tells me that I have to take on beekeeping away from the duckies. No problem with 22 acres.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,071
    7,114
    726
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'm betting that there are survivors.[​IMG] A lot of next year's reproductive females probably left the main nest (guessing that they are yellow jackets) and are hibernating in safe hiding places.
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I guess that is nature and I put up the hanging trap next year when I notice activity. I just hate to use poisons and the hanging trap worked well last year. So the ducks have dug the biggest crater you can think off. Must have been rather tasty, because they keep on going back and dig it over and over. At least they are in it in winter.
     
  4. secretquail

    secretquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    301
    3
    121
    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    They will also have a back door that can by pretty far from the 'front door'. Their nests can also be may feet under ground and balloon to a huge colony. Good thing the duckies like them as snacks though. Also, put out the hanging traps before they get active. Good luck!
     
  5. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    2,622
    39
    213
    Mar 20, 2008
    n.w.FLORIDA
    If they come back use 7% sevin dust. That is my only "poison" allowed in my pens, although Im sure the diatomicious earth would work fine too.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    69,313
    5,068
    671
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Quote:not with the yellow jackets we have here.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by