My ducks have started to fly! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by agregg15, May 14, 2011.

  1. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbors have motorcycles and today they went up the road and 2 of my ducks freaked out and FLEW into their coop. Did I mention that they are only 8 weeks old! After that the rest of them were (and still are) flapping their wings and standing on their tippy-toes trying to fly as well. I was reading that you're not supposed to clip duck wings until 14-16 weeks of age. What should I do?
     
  2. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd suggest putting them in an enclosed area until they get used to the sounds of the motorcycles. After a week or two they shouldn't startle from those sounds and you could let them loose in your yard again I would think.
     
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally wouldnt worry about it unless you live in an area where they absolutly cant fly. I have muscovies and they fly ALOT. But they always stay around. I have never had one dissapear on me and the most that they even fly is across the yard when I come to feed [​IMG]
     
  4. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They've already heard the noises for the 4 weeks they've been out and it hasn't changed. I just don't want them all to start flying and get out of their run because if a leaf drops they freak out. Should I clip their wings now?
     
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  5. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just fearful because they're mallards and I also have bears, cats, dogs, birds of prey, weasels, etc around my house. The dogs down the road would also grab them.
     
  6. DuckLover9138

    DuckLover9138 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Mallards as well and around the same age (a little younger). Its really your choice. I wouldn't risk it because they won't trust me anymore. I am not sure how you can hold them. When I pick them up, they immediately fly out! I guess they might trust you more.
     
  7. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    make sure that they can't fly away, so where ever they are should have some sort of cover that they can't get through... I had the same problem with my mallards ( except with a milk man at 2 am.... don't ask lol) once they get to be older, they are usually are to lazy and fat to fly off....... ha
     
  8. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you've got that many predators around and your ducks are free ranging then I would not clip their wings because flying is their only defense against predators. If you are keeping them fenced in with a safe enclosure then it shouldn't be an issue.
     
  9. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have bird of prey in the area you may want to invest in something like avian netting to cover the pen anyway.
     
  10. MissusDee

    MissusDee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one that would fly after the bus. I cut her wings a little on one side with scissors, she could still fly, but not as well. http://www.cornerstonefarm.net/wingdemo.html The partial cut is kind of how I did it, and you can follow up later if you need to. Doesn't hurt the bird at all.
     

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