How long until duck can free range?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Blob Chicken, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    Alright, so, long story short (haha just kidding this is a long post)

    I've got 3 ducks right now, and I'm in a situation I have not encountered before. Two of them, a call drake and a wild muscovy hen, have both been with me since they were young, are incredibly tame, and well trained (they come when called better than most dogs, lol). Additionally, the call can't fly really and the muscovy hasn't started flying yet.

    However, I have recently acquired a third duck, another male call. I picked him up at an auction so I don't know anything about him, however I can say he is at least several months old (he was fully colored when I got him in September), and although he's not TAME like my other two, he is very calm around me and isn't afraid to approach me, especially if the other ducks are around. Does not like being picked up or touched however. He can also FLY, like a wild duck.

    So basically, here is my conundrum. How long should I be worried about him just taking off and not coming back for? I've had flighted ducks in the past, however they were all raised here and would always come back after doing some laps in the air.

    So I've had this newbie for about a month now. He's largely been in the bird shed, however it does have a small window looking outside (not that he can see much from it). I've let him out twice so far, only with the other ducks, and he's been picture perfect. He'll get a little air when he's excited, but that's about it so far.

    Now I realize that the easiest answer would just be clip his wings, however 1.) He's really pretty full winged 2.) It gets COLD here in the winter and the shed isn't kept very warm (its pheasants, bobwhite, and the new call in there) so I want him full winged to help him stay warm 3.) Even if I do put aside cosmetic reasons, he still won't be able to fly until next summer, which is kind of crappy.
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello......I have Calls and have introduced new Ducks...They never fly away..I never clip wings either ...
    I think you will be okay to let him out as you supervise to be sure he does stay home...Or as you said, clip him....Even doing one wing will keep him off balance....
    Best wishes....
  3. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Songster

    Apr 29, 2017
    Would it be possible to get him used to being outside in an area that has a covered/fenced top? Like a large dog kennel? Only thing I can think of to get him accustomed.
  4. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Songster

    Oct 4, 2012
    North of Houston Texas
    I’m more worried about your one female. Those 2 males probably will rape her to death.
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Lol....Two male Calls on a Big Hen are not very good rapers...Not here anyways...They will fight though and that can cause injuries ...I separate Drakes during breeding season...
  6. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    Thanks for the advice so far everyone! I'm thinking that's what I might do, just kennel him up during the day so he can get familiar with the area.

    Also yes, I am not at all worried about the muscovy getting raped in this particular situation, lol. Her and my original male call are house ducks right now, the other male is an outside bird. They're only all together when they're outside. Additionally, my "house call" is a midget, he weighs less than a pound! He can kind of get his head up onto her back, but that's about has far as he's gonna get with her :p So I think she'll be able to deal with the new guys for a couple hours a day, lol. He's a bit bigger, but still small, probably around a pound and a half??
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