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PLEASE HELP ME -ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chicken_angler, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I need help. A wild duck just moved into our pond and she has 1 baby duck, that we know of. We have catfish and bass in our pond that you can stick a fist in and there might be some turtles. My question is this- Do we need to go out there and catch the mom and her baby/babies so they dont get eaten? If so, what type of set up do we need for the ducks because I know that you cant mix chickens ( I have 8 chickens) with ducks. I am working on building a mini coop that I plan on selling that I could use for her. Does anyone have a picture of their duck coop so that I could see what I need to incorporate into the mini coop. Also what care and food will I need to give to the mother and her baby? Any help before 5 o'clock would be gladly appreciated.


    Thanks
    - Chickenman8
     
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I've seen people mix chickens with ducks. How come you can't?
     
  3. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    She'll be fine. If the turtle ( is it a snapping ) get's it, then it's the cycle of life, sorry. I'd be surprised if she uses any housing you make for her, she might, but she may also not stick around. I woudn't go to any great lengths to secure her and the baby. Let her be.
     
  4. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I thought you cant mix chickens and ducks together. We dont want her to die or the baby so we could have ducks around. I dont know what I will do yet. I dont know if it is a snapping turtle. Thanx guys- Chickenman8
     
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  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Maryland
    Leave her alone. It is never a good idea to catch any wild animal and attempt to treat it as a domestic one, especially because, well, there's no reason to (it's not like the ducks are injured or have moved into an undesirable place, such as your swimming pool). It's also probably against the law, and you risk introducing disease to your flock of chickens.

    Overall, just a bad idea. I know you don't want the baby to be eaten, but they are wild ducks. This is just the way it is--this is how they live every day (and obviously they aren't extinct yet). [​IMG]
     
  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I guess your right but if I need to I will catch her and raise her because there are a lot of predators around here.
     
  7. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree I would leave them alone. If you feel like they need some sort of shelter you can put an old dog house or something like that out there. But wild ducks don't have shelters really. They sleep in the brush and other places.
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Again, to reiterate what others have said...

    UNLESS this is obviously a domestic duck that has found it's way to your pond, then it is a WILD animal.

    It may very well be against the law (and probably is...) to take the duck out of the wild and place it in captivity, no matter how noble your desire to protect it. Plus, animals that are not domesticated and not used to being confined or penned don't do well at all in captivity.

    Leave the duck alone....
     
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  9. Feathers Acres

    Feathers Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No!, bad idea did you not just hear everybody say its ILLEGAL to catch wild ducks, let the mother do her job she didnt sit on that egg for 28 days to have someone come up and snach her babie, she will teach it to survive from predators and either way it will die its just the circle of like (the hunter and the prey) let her be, let her be a mom.
     
  10. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I am wondering after what you said arlee453 because my neighboors 5 doors down have chickens, goats, peacocks and that was about a year ago. It could possibly be one of theirs and i dont know if any other neighboors have ducks.
    Thanks everyone-Chickenman8
     

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