how tall should my duck fencing be?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pringle, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    Im getting 4 mallards 1 boy 3 girls and also a pekin in about 2 weeks.Im very exited but need to get started on there run.Its gonna go into the woods,into part of my swamp and also its gonna have 2 tiny ponds in it.The deth is about a foot and the like 7by4.I plan on running wire fencing around it.Since most of them are mallards they still have loads of natural instinct left so they will probibly hide in the wooded part incase a hawk comes by which is rare.How high should the fencing be?I think I might cut there flight feathers but still how high can they fly?
     
  2. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    Anyone?
     
  3. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    Are they authentic flying Mallards or Rouens?
    If they are Rouens they will stay in any nice little fence. They are totally flightless. Real Mallards will fly right over any fence that is not covered by a top. If you were to clip there wings they would probably stay in a fence about 3 or 4 feet easy. If you are concerned about predators it might need to be a little higher.
     
  4. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    My duck run goes from 6 foot fence down to four foot fencing - they fly right out over the 4 foot fence without any problem. They stay in at night, but in the morning, if I am not out at the crack of dawn to open the gate, they just let themselves out [​IMG] I have mallards and call ducks - they both fly out easily, none have clipped wings.

    I don't know if they could clear the 6 foot fence or not - they haven't tried. The 4 foot fence goes into the yard towards their pools the 6 foot fence goes into the woods.

    meri
     
  5. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    Mojo Chick'n :

    My duck run goes from 6 foot fence down to four foot fencing - they fly right out over the 4 foot fence without any problem. They stay in at night, but in the morning, if I am not out at the crack of dawn to open the gate, they just let themselves out [​IMG] I have mallards and call ducks - they both fly out easily, none have clipped wings.

    I don't know if they could clear the 6 foot fence or not - they haven't tried. The 4 foot fence goes into the yard towards their pools the 6 foot fence goes into the woods.

    meri

    Real mallards would fly over the 6' fence. Ours fly over the house all the time.​
     
  6. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    The mallards im getting are domesticated mallards from IDEAL poultry.I guess I should clip there wings and have a fence 4-5 ft high?
     
  7. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:Real mallards would fly over the 6' fence. Ours fly over the house all the time.

    They probably could fly over, they just haven't tried - like I said, the four foot fence goes towards the yard and the pools. I've seen mine fly pretty far before, and pretty high, also.

    meri
     
  8. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    My mallards are crazy flyers... they could probably fly 20 feet high if they had enough room to get that high... mine easily flap over a 5 foot garden fence, and after enough momentum, fly over the trees and splash down in our pond.
     
  9. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont have to worry bout the pekin though...mine dont fly at all
     
  10. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    Quote:Lol Iv had pekins before too and trust me I know they cant fly.I use to have fencing 1 ft high and they couldent jump that.
     

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