my ducks

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by greekbioguy, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. greekbioguy

    greekbioguy Out Of The Brooder

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    my mandarins and wood ducks ,their aviary and last years babies and my 2 dogs daphne and chloe (my 24/7 security against any predator larger than a mouse)

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  2. pheasant24

    pheasant24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like your set up! it looks so nice! [​IMG]
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    WOW!!! MAGNIFICENT ! [​IMG]
     
  5. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    I love your set up it looks great!
     
  6. greekbioguy

    greekbioguy Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for your messages . i think my ducks are my favorite birds, they have amazing colours they look like living jewels.i have 5 pairs ,one of them is wing cliped and over 10 years old. the rest are flying around the aviary all day and dive in their ponds from high perches. they are amazing parents and the pairs are really close , their aviary is around 55- 60 square meters ( the size of a small apartment) i have 3 stone build ponds and alot of vegetation inside . my only problem is that they are not friendly towards people and no mater what i do they do not trust me , they do allow me and only me to get around 3-4 meters away from them before they move but when other people get near their aviary they fly around in panic. do you have any tips for making ducks friendlier towards people??? treats dont seem to work or maybe i have not found the right treat for them
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Sometimes making your animals friendlier towards people is not a good idea. Your ducks are so beautiful and so special. If it were me and this is just my 2 cents, I would leave it the way that it is. The bond that you have with your ducks is special and that is a unique relationship. Many people don't have that. Keep that as something special between you and your ducks. They live in an exquisite paradise where they are comfortable and at peace. The only thing that they may know is to panic because someone other than you has entered their paradise island. Enjoy that closeness that you have with them. Enjoy your babies. They are beautiful. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you can make ducks (or other usually wild birds) more friendly. Instinct is to strong. I raised 5 Mallard Ducklings in my house, with my cat making sure they didn't pull anything funny in the house. I handled them, talked to them and fed them by hand. They grew up, got feathers and stinky and had to go OUT to the pond. They never came near me again. Well, "near" is relative. They never let me touch them again. They would come within 3 feet of me to eat the food I brought them, But if I moved closer to them, they ran away.

    My daughter went to school in Boston. When I went to visit we would feed the ducks in Boston Gardens. It is a cement pond, so there is very little vegetation for them to eat, so they counted on the hand outs people brought. I brought cracked corn, since white bread isn't fit food for animals. (humans either IMHO) The Boston ducks who were raised by Mama Boston Garden Ducks would eat the corn off our feet, if we dropped it there, but if our foot moved they were GONE in a second.

    I wish that you could make them more friendly, but it doesn't seem to be the case. The survival instinct is just too strong.
     
  9. toejam

    toejam Never enough birds

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    I love your setup!
     
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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