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Need help catching a duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dill, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    An adorable little female muscovy duck flew into our pond today. She's pretty friendly and will come when I call her and eats just a couple feet away from me. I've been tryin to catch her but she gets wary and gets into the pond when I get close. I need to catch her though because I want to keep her and if I don't she's going to get killed. One of my outdoor cats has already tried to attack her several times and if I hadn't been there she might've hurt her (and now after seeing her do that, I have to wonder whether it was her that hurt Dill), not to mention that she's bound to wander up in the neighbor's yard and get killed by their dogs at any time now and it's now night so she might get killed by raccoons and foxes...

    I have a net I could use but I'm afraid she might fly away if I try to catch her with it. And if she flies away I might never see her again
    I have enough trouble catching my pekins that can't fly, I have no idea how I'll catch her.
     
  2. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Well, I caught my neighbors guinneas in a live trap before, didn't mean to though... Yall could try that maybe!
     
  3. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    Oh yeah I didn't think of that! Thanks. I'll try it, i have a live trap thats big enough for a raccoon, it should fit her.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have a long handled fishing dip net that works pretty good.
     
  5. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I just dive and pray [​IMG]
     
  6. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    ahh [​IMG] the trap in buried in the attic or garage somewhere, so I cant use that.

    Dive and pray... might try that
     
  7. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Quote:[​IMG] Sorry, but I have no actual approach to trying to catch my 2 ducks. I can't even catch them if they are cornered. I could imagine if they were out in the open. The trap is probably your best bet. [​IMG]
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    If she is friendly, she is likely someone's pet. Maybe you should put up posters that you found a friendly duck.
     
  9. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    ^ Yeah, I thought of that. I'll look out for any posters or online ads I see about a missing duck. But, I don't want her going back to where she used to live if they let her fly away all the time.. she's sure to get killed at some point if that's the case and since we have a lot of hawks in our area and she's small.....

    I hope I can catch her and keep her [​IMG]

    I heard of this method to catch her. Where you trip them soemhow (using a stick or just putting things around that she's likely to trip on) and then lunge and grab. Think it'll work?
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Ducks legs are much more prone to injury than a chickens so I wouldn't want to be tripping them up.
     

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