Got a new place with a huge pond!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by redhotchick, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Y'all! We were just BLESSED with a new home. It is on 25 acres & has a 2 acre pond. We want some ducks but do not know what kind would be the best. I have wood ducks,but they stay in the avairy. Is there a breed that will stay around? I will build them a safe house down by the water.Whatever is takes,We just want em! The pond is a good 250 yards from the house. THANX for Any info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should try getting some domestic ducks, and teaching them to range.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Most domestic fowl will stick around even domestic Mallards.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    So happy to read about your new home! Yay!

    As you decide on ducks, for everyone's sake see what kinds of predators are in or near the lake that might kill or injure them. I am thinking especially about snapping turtles.

    And I hope someone with more experience will chime in with specifics. Do you want the ducks for appearance? Do you want friendly ducks? Layers? Meat? Dual purpose?
     
  5. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just because I love my Wood Ducks & thought it would be neat to have some more. They would split as soon as I let them out. I dont think there is any snapping turtles. Maybe cyotes skunks Racoons etc.... I build coops & metal buildings for a living so I can keep em safe.Will they go in a coop at night like my chickens?
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    My ducks usually come in on their own at night I just need to lock them in, though sometimes they linger outside, especially in the summertime.

    When I introduced them to their outdoor house we had a pea party, so that they would associate good times with being in the house.

    So if you train them that they get treats when they come in it should be easy to get them in. Or they may be ducksmart enough to find safe shelter near sundown all on their own. Some find that their ducks prefer to stay out on the water, which may feel safer for them.

    What about planting a waterfowl feeding plot near the pond and attracting native wild waterfowl? There are some beautiful animals out there who would appreciate a decent meal.
     

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