Hello! New to all types of fowl (specifically ducks)!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by seaoverbow, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. seaoverbow

    seaoverbow Hatching

    Apr 27, 2017
    Hi there, I am a complete beginner to all types of... well, animals outside of cats.

    I'm considering purchasing some Pekin ducks for my grandfather, who lives on a large property in the country. He is getting older, but still needs the responsibility of caring for something, or else he will get bored fast (especially since he's lost his license). Pekins seem to be like an ideal animal. I think our property is more than enough for them, and they can lay eggs, so that's easy protein that he desperately needs.

    My basic questions are as follows:

    1) Is there a minimum amount of ducks you would recommend? I was thinking of two females, so they have company, and there is no risk of having fertilized eggs. I hope. (sometimes life uh.... finds a way)

    2) Our property is on a hill, with the house at the top. On either side are our neighbours (separated by STEEP hills), to the back is our driveway, and to the front is a beach. I am worried about the ducks running away and being eaten by bears or lunatic raccoons. Is there a way to prevent this? My plan is to turn a large area into a fenced in habitat for them, and I do mean LARGE. But I still want them to be able to roam around and discover new things. Would leashes work????

    3) As I mentioned in the last question, we are on a bay off of a river. It's actually half marsh (!!!) and half beach. It's also very shallow. Would this be a good place to let the ducks explore? I would keep a CLOSE eye on them, and maybe keep them on a long leash (again, is that okay?), but the water is fresh and moving. Also, would that be enough for them, or should there still be a pool in their habitat?

    4) We live in Ontario, and I'm looking around for ducklings. Does anyone have a recommendation for somewhere that sells sexed ducklings? Can I trust Kijiji?

    5) Finally, in the winter, I know that given shelter and a bit of heating (and actual liquid water) they should be fine, but this is mostly a summer home (summer for gramps is from April to November). Is there such a thing as duck boarding? I'm trying to find a way to keep them in my home, or maybe a friend's farm. Does that sound okay??? I'm in the capital region (ottawa) so there's farms close to the city, and we could visit.

    That's about it! Thanks for any information you can share! I'm nervous and want to do this right!!!

  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
  3. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Is it Spring yet?? Premium Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    Jefferson County, MO

    I would get at least 3 ducks. That way, if something happened to one, the other wouldn't be alone. Ducks do not do well alone. Anything around their neck probably isn't safe. They'll need an overnight coop to keep them safe from predators.

    Good luck!
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under seaoverbow [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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