I must catch this duck! Soon before pond freezes over.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tommi, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. tommi

    tommi New Egg

    Nov 21, 2008
    Let me explain. We have a ranch and two irrigation ponds. This spring a Pekin duck showed up - I have no idea where she came from. She has spent the summer swimming on the ponds and eating things in the water and the grass. But now it is November and soon the pond will freeze over and then she will be at risk of being eaten by coyotes, racoons or foxes. I need to catch her . But she keeps swimming away and I can not get close enough to grab her. She is not interested in the corn I sprinkled on the bank of the pond. I think she must be very lonely.She had a male malard suitor this summer but since she could not fly with him , he went elsewhere. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to catch her for winter. Thanks
  2. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    A dip net fishing net on a long pole? Put one of your ducks in a cage and if she's interested in coming over, nab her w/the net on a pole?
  3. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    That poor ducky must be lonely! I agree with snowydiamonds, try inducing her in with another ducky. Or get her when she's asleep...
  4. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oak Harbor, OH
    It's easier to catch ducks at night, preferably cloudy nights where there's no moon. My ducks are up all night partying but we can catch them more easily when they can't see us coming.
  5. cici

    cici New Egg

    Oct 13, 2008
    I heard about this idea and thought it was wonderful! If the pond is not too large, start at one end with a long rope, with a person on each side of the pond. Start walking along the side of the pond with the rope in the middle, forcing the duck to one side. Once (s)he is out, of the water have someone else there to lead the chase. My 12 year old is a great duck catcher! Unfortunately we're very far from Colorado!

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