Hallo from Idaho...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MountainGaurdian, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. MountainGaurdian

    MountainGaurdian Songster

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    Here looking for ideas on keeping ducks alive on my farm. All of my past duck attempts have failed as they were all taken by the many predatorial birds that live on and around my farm.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. Sounds as if you need a covered pen for your ducks or a LGD.
     
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  3. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict

    Welcome to BYC, glad to see you are here. :frow @WVduckchick might have other ideas to help with duck success.
     
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  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    A covered secure run is the only real way to prevent raptor losses.
     
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  5. MountainGaurdian

    MountainGaurdian Songster

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    That really isn't feasible on a 110 foot diameter pond. I hate to keep ducks locked up with all these large awesome ponds here on the farm, they are plum full of feed they can be eating and having a good bunch of ducks would help to keep the growth of the duckweed and other plants in check.

    I do intend to make a floating covered 12 x 12 ft building for them on the pond by the house but it would have an open 6 x 6 ft square in the middle for them to swim out of. This would give them a protected area to nest and sleep keeping them safe from the potential of raccoons. I myself have never had trouble with coons yet, but many of my neighbors farms have pretty large groups of them running around. In fact my youngest son is staying on a 1,400 acre farm a few miles down the road helping the old man that owns it recuperate from a surgery, and my son has shot 5 coons in the last week alone. Ole Lee is down to 2 chickens out of a flock of around 40.
     
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  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Good luck with the duck's that you want.
     
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  7. N F C

    N F C Edgar Allan Poe Poe

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    :welcome

    I've never raised ducks but there are many members that have...maybe someone over on the Duck forum could give you some advice:
    Ducks

    Best of luck!
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens. How nice of your son to help the gentleman recovering from surgery, by eliminating raccoon predators.
     
  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome
     
  10. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

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    WELCOME! Yes, sounds like you need to cover them. It's sad not being able to free range our birds.
     

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