Lost Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JWMJW65, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. JWMJW65

    JWMJW65 Hatching

    Aug 13, 2014
    We recently purchased 2 khaki Campbell females. Unfortunately as soon as we arrived home we went to put them in pen and box collapsed letting one loose. She ran to a nearby hedge about 6 feet in width and has remained there. We just cannot reach her and even see her due to her colour being similar to tree stumps.

    She has been out all night and obviously isn't familiar with our surroundings. Any ideas on how to entice a very very frightened duck out of the hedge in order for us to get a chance of capturing her.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] sorry for the circumstances. If your other duck is in a pen, she may call in the lost duck. Bait a box trap with grain and put it alongside the pen containing the other duck. Good luck.
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would consider placing temporary fence around the hedge to limit her ability to dash out, and then see if I could somehow get behind her and move her toward the opening (where my trusty partner would be waiting with a cage).
  4. tdd2

    tdd2 Songster

    Mar 14, 2014
    Peas. Toss a couple near her, then leave a trail of them to the pen. Job done ;)
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014
  5. EeyoreD

    EeyoreD Songster

    Mar 26, 2012
    Attica, MI

    Arrange a herding chute (starting as far behind her as possible) and build it around her. But not really a funnel, more like a shapely vase. pointy behind her, arrange it wide around where she is, put in a waist but then a wide (but slightly less so) area then a chute to your capture container.

    OK you can probably just try to set up a straight run to your cage/box. But my scant experience is that they will flush from their hidey-hole but then panic again when they see the cage. If you set up a first choke (after the hidey-hole) and then give a little more area you can let them calm down and more easily get them into the actual container. Course this assumes that other people have random moveable fencing/nursery pens around...

    tdd2 is not wrong about the peas. Peas and Blueberries. No matter what you do, if you want your duck to associate you with good stuff, give it one or both of those once you get it corralled.

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