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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by skylerw, May 25, 2016.

  1. chwychuro

    chwychuro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do too but I've been reading that spinach will prevent the calcium intake for the hens... Not sure how true that is but just to be safe I haven't been giving them spinach
     
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  2. DwayneNLiz

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    Hmmm interesting I had a duck expert tell me about spinach, I say- more research needed!
     
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  3. chwychuro

    chwychuro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. If anything I'll avoid it until proven... Just in case...
     
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  4. DwayneNLiz

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    so @skylerw it sounds like you need to start spoiling them with gifts ASAP so that when they see you coming they run for you!!

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  5. DwayneNLiz

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    @skylerw

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  6. skylerw

    skylerw Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the info we have been letting them out however they won't go any more than about 20-30 feet from the door they came out of but they also haven't seen the pond yet
     
  7. gal5150

    gal5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed with the others, start giving them goodies routinely before they realize the pond. Fairly quickly they'll start to associate you with goodies and come to you looking for handouts! To begin, treat every time your out there....once they start coming to mob you for goodies you can start scaling back to a more unpredictable schedule.
     
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  8. DwayneNLiz

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    That's ok! Baby steps, now treats!!! Lol
     
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  9. Richb353

    Richb353 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome,
    -I have a large orange grove next to my 5 acres my flock likes to wander into. However here are my suggestions for getting them to return home.
    -I feed my flock twice a day, at the same times (before and after work), and in the same spot of the yard.
    -I will call out to them so they know my voice, I think it works.
    -I put a bench in their pasture and feed them by hand, they know me, they know who feeds them.
    -I keep their food in a 5 gallon metal trash can. They know what the sound of the metal lid coming off the can means. I bang the scoop on the lid like a cymbal to get their attention as well.
    -I will lose ducks if I don't put them in their Quack Shack every night. That is their safe haven, that is where they run to when spooked.
    -If the flock is taking too long to get out of the neighbor's grove, I'll chuck a dropped orange in their general direction. The noise spooks them into moving a little faster.

    It's taken over a year of this routine for the good habits to sink in, but now when the flock wanders off, I can call them and they will waddle their butts back home. Very practical for me, and entertaining for family. As a bonus, when I call them, they will quack back at me.

    Good luck,
    Rich
     
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  10. Rural Broody

    Rural Broody Out Of The Brooder

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    "Quack Shack" - love it! [​IMG]
     
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