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Letting my ducks go or should I put them in a pen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by amjustice, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. amjustice

    amjustice Just Hatched

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    I got ducklings a little over a month ago and they are definitely ready to be outside. My friend has a pond and thats where I am taking them. Here are my ideas.
    1) Letting them go.
    Will they be able to take care of themselves? Ill still provide food but there are other ducks out there and Im afraid they might try to attack mine.
    2) Building a pen.
    Would it be better to keep them in a pen I am currently building for a little while until they get used to being on their own more? They will have food and water. Or should I keep them in the pen permanently? I feel like that would be cruel considering how much land they have and they would love the pond there.
    PLEASE help!!! I keep posting about it and im not gettig anything back but my parents are telling me its time they need to go. Its cruel to kee them from being outside and free in this great weather. I live in the city
     
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  2. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At a month old they are not fully feathered they can still drown, and they still need there mom until at least 4 to 6 months
     
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  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you release them on to the pond the chances of them ending up dead are a lot higher than the changes of them living a long, happy life. First of all, domestically raised ducks aren't really equipped to live out on their own, especially if it's a breed that can't fly. I don't think your one-month old ducklings would stand much of a chance. You said you would provide food but are you going to go out there twice a day and give them food? Otherwise you have no way of guaranteeing they get food. It would be more likely that something else would come along and eat all the food, like the other ducks you mentioned. Speaking of these ducks, yes they would probably attack your ducklings. Ducks are flock animals and will protect their flock from invaders; which is what your ducklings would be in this case.

    Second, everyone likes the taste of duck. Any predator would love the chance to eat a defenseless duckling. Without enclosures to protect them ducks are susceptible to dogs, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, minks, skunks, birds of prey, etc. In the wild ducklings have their mothers to look out for them and teach them how to avoid predators and they can eventually learn to fly away. Your ducklings have no one.

    The honest answer is that releasing your ducklings would be cruel.
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Domesticated ducks? If so, DO NOT RELEASE INTO WILD. Most domesticated duck breeds are too heavy for flight and stand little chance on their own, with no protection from predators. Letting them fend for themselves is beyond irresponsible. It is cruelty and illegal in many places.
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    It is illegal and not fare to the Ducklings you took full responsibility for...The day you purchased the Ducklings they became your responsibility ...Sell them on a site....Do not release them..They won't survive very long...:(......

    Contact a local shelter...They will help relocate the Ducklings....Bad idea on your part...:(


    Cheers!
     
  6. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i also do not believe its illegal to let them live on a pond of private property? Lots of people who have large ponds keep domestic ducks
    Original post says "friends pond" and that food will still be provided...

    Any way, if its not a pond on your friends property, then yes your second option is much better to build them a house [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Regardless of where the pond is, it is never a good idea to just release domesticated ducks to fend for themselves with no protection at all. We have the expression 'Sitting duck,' for a reason. At night, they are completely helpless.
     
  8. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt see where it was mentioned no protection at all.

    Maybe not they way we would do it... but it is not illegal
     
  9. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually in America it is illegal to abandon animals or release domesticated animals from your ownership, but it doesn't really sound like this person is disowning them, but it's seems like a :/ kind of situation
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    No mention of a duck house at all. Option one, just let them go. Option two, build a pen. No mention of secure, night-time protection.
     

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