moles and ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hennyjenn, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. hennyjenn

    hennyjenn Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    The moles have discovered the duck yard. There are so many tunnels in there it is difficult to walk through. I think they are taking advantage of spilt food (there is so much with ducks) and easy water. And disease transmission I should worry about? I'm considering getting a terrier, but that may not be a good idea with ducks and chickens...
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:The bigest problem I have with moles is that they tend to attract snakes. and some other rodents will use their tunnels as places to hide. They are fairly harmless to ducks and are probably attracted by the spilled food and the wet soil whichs makes digging easier for them.
  3. Rex Mom

    Rex Mom In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Castro Valley,CA
    If you have a cat the cat should be able to catch the moles.. mine did! [​IMG]

  4. hennyjenn

    hennyjenn Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    Our cats don't go out much anymore. In the past, DH once watched one of our cats tag team mole hunt with our dog. The dog would dig, the cat would reach, back and forth they went until the cat got the mole!
  5. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    I have a Schnauzer and I have both Ducks and Chickens and soon Quail. My Scruffy kills voles, mice and rats. He will go to ground after Rats anywhere. Hubby had one in the garage and the dog literally tore through the wall to get it and get it he did.

    He has full run of the chicken run and the duck run and duck house once the ducklings are 2 weeks old. He goes a little crazy if he smells rats and little duckies need to be old enough to get out of the way. I usually let him in the duck house to check it out when the ducks are out and about. We have had a real problem since my drake passed but now that Scruffy can go into the duck house, everything is back to normal. He killed 3 around the duck house. I wouln't think of going out to houses with out him, he lets me know if anything is around.

    I brood chicks in the house (quest bathroom) for the first 10 days - 2 weeks then they go to the brooder house. I take him in and he sits on my lap and just watches them. Once they are outside, he thinks they are his and he protects them. He chases off hawks, regularly. Yes, he is a Schnauzer and will run through a pack of hens to get them to fly around. They just settle and laugh at him. He's about 8 years old now, though.

    Don't get a puppy, get an older, more settled dog. And see how it does around your chickens and ducks. Introduce them slowly. On leash at first. I'd get the dog then in a month or so, once settled in, I 'd get some chicks and brood them in the house, so it gets familiar with them. If it calmly watches them. You got yourself a keeper of birds, if not you still have a dog that will go to ground for mole, voles, mice and rats.

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