mallards

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by black australorp prince, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. black australorp prince

    black australorp prince Out Of The Brooder

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    Getting mallards very soon cant wait, any good tips for novice mallard owners??
     
  2. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. plan for lots of poop
     
  3. black australorp prince

    black australorp prince Out Of The Brooder

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    Im up for all the gory work
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're also very good fliers, too.
     
  5. black australorp prince

    black australorp prince Out Of The Brooder

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    would be puttung them in a pen be to cruel?? would they fly away if let out
     
  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't think it would be cruel to pen them up if you have enough space in the pen per duck. You can also clip their primary flight feathers, too, but they won't be able to fly away from predators as effectively.
     
  7. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my mallards free range and not one has ever flown off. They fly around the yard, once even into the side of the house, but not away. The problem is hawks will take them even if you are 50 feet away. At night they need to be in a pen or they will be eaten by coyotes and owls and foxes, and ................etc....




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  8. black australorp prince

    black australorp prince Out Of The Brooder

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    they are a lovely breed me and a freind are getting trios soon
     
  9. sandcat

    sandcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mallards are very cheeky!!!! they poop like theres no tomorrow, they can never get enough food, love them though they lots of fun
     
  10. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love my Mallards. They are very sweet and friendly. They do poop a lot, but then what ducks don't? My run is 6' high and they fly in and out of their pool and from one end to the other. They LOVE their pool. One in particular will sit in the darn thing all day, even if I had to crack the ice to open it up. We are opening up another area for them in the spring that will have 8' of height. We have a lot of predators, so unfortunately they can't free-range. You'll love them! [​IMG]
     

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