Need a duck intervention

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by desertgirl, May 2, 2009.

  1. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    Hi-
    Newbie here. I have three chicks, and three coming next month. Coop is almost finished, everythin going according to plan...

    And then today at the feed store picking up starter and DE...I saw a baby duck.

    DH talked me out of bringing her home with me right then and there. (thank goodness).

    I live in the high desert, and I have no business having a duck....right?

    Why in the world should I have a duck??

    Please, talk me out of getting a duck!!!!!![​IMG]
     
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  2. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ducks are great but you need at least two and lots of water for them to play in.
     
  3. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    I had thought that, but I saw a few folks on here with small swimmie pools (even a child's sandbox outfitted with a drain). But they would be happiest with tons of H2O...

    right?!!!
     
  4. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    A duckling doesn't need much water because they can drown- al they need is like a pie tin full to play in. Just be sure to keep it full. When they get older a kiddie pool works fine. Duck are very messy playing in there water.
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I live in the high desert, and I have no business having a duck....right?

    Wrong!

    Many domestic ducks do fine at high altitude and without a pond.

    Kiddie pools work great.

    I started my adult ducks out with an under the bed storage container. They loved it. I got a good deal on a pond liner though and finally gave them a pond when the rubbermaid thingie broke.

    You DO need at least two though. If one of the ducks is a boy, a second girl is even better.​
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Sorry DG, not gonna talk you out of ducks. They actually don't need THAT much water. A child's wading pool will do the trick. And remember, one duck would be a lonely duck.
    ETA: Get runner ducks!!! That's what I'm gonna get as soon as I wear my SO down. [​IMG]
     
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  7. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Ducks are so cute! But messy
    They really dont need alot of water, kiddie pools work great.
    Ducks are social and need a friend, so go back and get another one(or even 2,lol)
     
  8. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also live in the high desert of Western Colorado. I have four ducks and hatched a little Call Duck. I have a kiddie pool and they are so much fun!

    Sorry, I cannot talk you out of it! I want more Call Ducks.

    Good Luck with your decision.
     
  9. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    You guys are no help at all...

    (I was hoping you wouldn't be!!).

    Time to start researching..

    Thanks!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  10. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    ducks are heck of messy, but oh are they cute. Just a word of warning, don't let them run out of water. If they do, give them a little at a time, not a whole bowl, or they can choke. Good luck, ducks are so cute. [​IMG]
     

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