It's not my fault she came o me. Help. S.O.S

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gaited horse, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Ok so long story made short I got a duck today I know every little about ducks but I have been wanting one for as long as I've been a member on this forum. I was'nt planning on getting a duck she kinda showed up.
    I have a few Questions
    1) What should I feed her?
    2)What breed is he (see pics below)?
    3)what is it (a male or a female)(see pic below)?
    4) Can she live with my chickens?
    5)Should I get her a duck friend if she can live with the chickens?
    6)Does she need a pond even tho it's winter?
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009

  2. DuckFanatic

    DuckFanatic Songster

    Jun 15, 2009
    She looks like a production runner [​IMG] How'd you end up with her? The only way to tell what gender she is because she is a runner is too listen to her quack. If it is loud and honking then girl, quieter and raspy then boy! The bright orange beak might indicate boy though... [​IMG]
  3. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    i just got done feeding my horses and walked down to see how low the canel had gotten and I saw her and she came when I called her. I grabbed her and put her in the chicken pen after I had my brothers put the girls to bed.
    I don't think she is a production runner cuz she is'nt tall like the runners.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  4. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I was going to guess runner (fawn and white) too, but if she doesn't stand tall, then not a runner... Does it matter? I'd guess she's a mix - a very cute one at that!! [​IMG] Ducks are so much fun, you'll love having her around... Just be careful, they seem to keep multiplying no matter what you do [​IMG]

    My ducks are in with my chickens, although they grew up with the chickens, and they are now a little bigger, and definitely heavier than my girls. I had a trio of grown ducks that I took in for someone who couldn't keep them, and they were terrified of the chickens, and the chickens weren't too helpful in making the poor things feel at home. They would run up and do karate' kicks to the poor ducks!

    At our old house, our ducks would be in the creek all winter, no matter what. Now I'm just planning on trying to keep a shallow rubbermaid container thawed enough for them to play in til it gets warm out again.

    At the old house, I fed our ducks and geese sweet feed - along with the horses. They loved it, I never lost a single duck or goose, they were all super healthy, and laid eggs like nobody's business [​IMG] Now I only have 2 ducks with my chickens, and they eat the chicken food... I'm sure some body will have something to say about that [​IMG] but that's just how I've done things. My birds also free range daily and sleep in the coop every night. They do make special duck food that you can buy.

    I know ducks will bond with you better if they are an only duck, but I know my ducks always love a friend of their own kind [​IMG] I hate to wonder if they're lonely, so I just do it so I don't need to wonder [​IMG]

    Don't know if I helped at all, but I hope I did at least a little bit!! [​IMG] Your duck is very cute - good luck!
  5. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Quote:Thanks for the info. Lets just hope it's a girl [​IMG]
  6. tia

    tia Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    She looks like a runner to me, or at least partially. she has the fawn/white colors like mine. See below. Don't know what sex, can't figure mine out either. : )

  7. 688peterl

    688peterl Songster

    Oct 2, 2009
    i heard you can tell the sex of a runner by looking at the tail...

    males have a curly feather at the bottom and females have a straight feather, or is that with all ducks?

  8. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Ok I am sure it's a runner she/he is standing like one. The chickens are scared of her.
  9. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Songster

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    She can eat the chicken food just fine. Just make sure she always has access to water. Ducks drink a lot and must drink to eat. She can live with your chickens just fine, but she would of course be happier with a buddy.

    Does she quack? Females have a loud quack and males have a whispery soft voice.
  10. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I didn't see a tail curl on your new duck, so unless the picture doesn't show it, I would say female. If you hear quacking, then it's a girl, if the sound is more raspy and not very loud, then a boy.

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