how do you keep a yard when you have ducks and geese?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kevin565, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    i'm thinking about making them free range. Any suggestions on how to keep my yard from being destroyed?

  2. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Well, my best advise for you would be to fence off everything you don't want them to get into. I have beautiful hybiscus plants and now they have little fences around them. My strawberries have a little fence, my garden has a little fence, lol everything I like has a little fence around. It only takes about a foot of fence to keep them out. Mine don't climb or try to fly over the fences. I just have to make sure they are sturdy enough to keep them from pushing the fence over. My fences are actualy the decorative white arch fencing that is only about 18 inches high. My garden is a three foot high fence just because I have an old lab that loves to dig in the soft dirt after we plant. As for the grass I just water regularly. They will LOVE to play and dabble in any water puddles that they get and they love to eat the roots off of the grass along with the grass. It would be a lot easier to keep the grass if you already have grass established before you let them loose in it. I think they just might eat new grass before it has time to grow and become strong. Just remember not to use fertalizers or anything like that it could harm the ducks. I have nice grass around my pond and they just pick at it but they have alot of other greens to eat. I spray they yard down once a day I think the grass really loves there poo.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I agree with newchickmom09. My plan is to have movable fence and give the ducks access to part of the yard when they are not in their secure night pen. For example, early spring they can dabble around in the asparagus bed all they want. Once the asparagus starts coming up, they can be moved to the garlic beds, and so on. I really want them in the garden beds before the plants come up and after harvest for pest control.

    You can harness the ducks' tendency to muddify by using them to prepare garden beds! Just a thought [​IMG]

    The movable fence is pretty easy to handle, there are all kinds you can get, even electric fencing. I do plan to use overhead netting to discourage hawks. You might want to think about that.

  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Keep a very big yard, lol.

    sorry, I don't have experience with small yards [​IMG]

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