Wild and Domestic ducks are very different animals. Wild ducklings are raised by wild parents and have been taught survival skills. Domestic ducks are literally "Sitting Ducks" when it comes to predators. Also the majority of breeds are much too heavy to fly. Even if they can get a couple of feet of the ground they can't remain airborne for long. I personally raise bantam ducks so allowing them to fly around in this area would literally be a death sentence.
I fall into the sometimes, i have a fenced area but my birds are full flight so some leave, forage and return lol I used to totally free range my birds but after two loses i changed it. I think each circumstance has to be evaluated as people have different set-ups and birds, some breeds don't even fly for instance. My one drake, the biggest doesn't he's just too big to get up off the ground by more than a few inches.
I should add, i have always locked my birds up in predator proof housing each night even before i had a fenced area.
Well, my ducks can't get more than 3" off the ground so I wouldn't say they can fly. That being said, I guess I keep them penned although yarded would be a better term. They stay in their yard 50'x75' all day unless we are outside to ducksit them and then they get to roam around "outside". I would never let mine roam around unattended though, it ould be too easy for them to get out onto the road or onto the neighbors property.
Also, I don't get the "take me to jail" post but there is no need to get your knickers in a twist because people might not agree with you. You put up a poll for goodness sake, that implies you are interested in how other's keep their ducks...or you just want to pick fights with people on here and if that is the case, not cool at all.
In not picking fights ! Whoever just said, " it's the law to keep your waterfowl penned up." So obliviously I need to get a fine or something if that's the case. My neighbors don't pen theirs up so I don't see the issue here! All I asked is who keeps their fowl penned up! I don't need any speeches of this and that is illegal cause I see people do it all the time!
Well, ok then. I'm sure that whatever you are referring to was meant in your best interest since the people on this board have always been supportive and helpful to me. I do want to point out that just because other people do something doesn't mean it's ok or necessarily legal. You of course, can choose to do what you will. I will not be posting on this thread again.