how to move ducklings to pond?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GoldApps, May 28, 2016.

  1. GoldApps

    GoldApps Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pond that's just under a acre.

    I am wondering if my ducklings can live there one day.they are swedish.

    Do they need a house due to predators?

    They cannot fly so leaving isn't a problem. It's a 200yard walk to my house from the pond so they won't know where I am. I plan to walk down there to visit them every day.

    It's in the woods. I only have 3 but would get more if they can live at a distance.
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prime picking for predators. They would needs to be securely locked up each night to keep them safe.
     
  3. frenchbet

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    It's a shame all ducks just can't go out to a pond and be safe. They just love their time in the water, but it is probably one of the unsafest places for them. They are such targets for hawks, eagles, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, weisels, snapping turtles etc. Our neighbors have a pond behind us and we had unfortunately lost several ducks who ventured to the pond and it was during the day! They are so hard to get off the pond to get them home. They just don't stand a chance not being able to fly. I wish it was sate for them. A pond vs kiddie pool......you can only guess what they would chose. But in the end it's all about their safety.
     
  4. GoldApps

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    Ok well the pond is in the woods so they can't see it and be tempted. I thought they were supposed to live at my pond since they were sold to me as waterfowl.

    Is there a breed that can live at a pond, or do they fly south for winter!?

    Goose?

    I guess I want a reason to visit my pond lol.
     
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The thing is, many things that like ponds are just sitting prey for other predators. Even the flying varieties.
    There are usually less predators to worry about during the day, so being on the pond in the day might not be an issue, but a hungry critter isn't going to let a bit of water deter them and owls will pluck them off water at night too. You could try to entice wild waterfowl to your pond.
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not build a duck house near the pond? Or is that not your land.
     
  7. GoldApps

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    It is. Still hoping safe with house :)
     

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