How do Mandarins ducklings get out of the nest?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by texascowboy1979, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ive read that the nest box should be 1 foot x 1 foot x 18" high. So how do the baby ducklings get out? Do they just jump out? to me 18" is deep.
     
  2. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you've ever seen Mandarin or Wood Duck Ducklings in a brooder...man those things can JUMP! They also use their relatively large "talons" to pull themselves up. If you go on YouTube and watch a video from inside a Mandarin/Wood Duck Nest on hatch day you will see their jumping ability in action.
     
  3. F50myster

    F50myster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they get in a airplane and fly out! [​IMG]....you might want to put like stair or something that they can use to climb down
     
  4. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im pretty sure the OP is talking about getting from the floor of the nest box to the rim of the nest box opening. The ducklings then jump amazing heights to the ground (up to 20' in some extreme cases) and their waiting mom without injury. They actually kinda bounce [​IMG]
     
  5. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    I use hardware cloth but if you score the wood that will work too. I have very. recent pics on the migratory/ ontamental thread.
     
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know wood ducklings jump as I've seen them do it. I've heard that they can survive jumps of up to 200 feet!
     
  8. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put hardware cloth in all of our nesting boxes from them to climb up.
    It is wire that is like 1/4 inch by 1/4 maybe 1/2..

    It helps them but they can jump....
     
  9. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Some breeders when they have trouble with the ducklings not feeding or drinking will take and drop the ducklings because at that point they have nothing to lose. Sometimes it works.
     

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