New to duck world

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by labrown3chicks, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. labrown3chicks

    labrown3chicks Hatching

    Apr 8, 2012
    Hawk Point, MO
    I just purchased ducks for the first time. I have a very nice pond for them but I am concerned about if they stay on the bank at night they will get eaten. I want to build them a floating house on the pond but alot of people say they won't stay in it at night? Any suggestions??
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    Are these ducklings or adults or something in between?

    I confess, domestic ducks on a pond do give me some concerns, since there are snapping turtles, predators that come to ponds for food, and hawks and eagles that can swoop down when a duck has no cover (granted, they might be able to dive, if they see the bird of prey in time).

    Yes, I have also heard people say their ducks just won't come in at night from off the pond. It does not seem to be an easy decision to make. I go with keeping my ducks safe at night. Of course, we do not have a pond, so that makes the decision much easier! [​IMG]

    Try the BYC search for "duck house float pond¨ and see if that gives you more details.

    Please tell us more about your ducks! We love to hear about them, and if you have photo's, well, so much the better!
  3. Mum

    Mum Songster

    Dec 23, 2011
    Congrats on your ducks [​IMG]

    Any animal/bird/game is vulnerable to predators at night time; that is a given.

    The way around the duck house/out in the open scenario (for me, at least!) was to put my ducks in enclosed housing first (so they knew where "home" was) and then, after a few days, introduce them to my grounds/pond. That way, they will always go "home" when I shepard them in at night.

    You've done the reverse, so I have no advice to offer because I have no experience of doing it that way around.

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