please help, runner duck going thru my fence

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pejoef, May 27, 2010.

  1. pejoef

    pejoef In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2010
    Hello everyone, I hope someone can help me, My fence evidently the holes are too big, the fence is about 5 1/2 foot tall, I was worried something might climb in on them, anyway, the holes are too big and my runner duck is going thru them and down the creek, I almost lost her, followed her for about 1/2 mile thru the creek to catch her and finally did, now I dont know what to do everytime I put her back in the lot shes out before I can get out, Please help, I only have 1 the male to her died, he was hurt when I got them , she is a white runner, any ideas???

    Thanks so much my friends,
  2. SDChef

    SDChef Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    I hate to state the obvious but I think you need to fix your fence. I'm not sure what other option there is.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    If you can get smaller (more narrow openings) fence that would help. I use half inch hardware cloth, a wire mesh.

    If you are not able to get ahold of better fence, some burlap or other heavy fabric tied every few inches about two feet high around the bottom of the fence would help keep her in. I have used plastic poultry fence inside larger-gapped fence to prevent ducks from getting their heads stuck, or getting out when they were smaller.

    Just watch for a while after you change the fence to make sure she does not get stuck in what you use and hurt herself.
  4. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    You could run chicken wire around the base of the fence all the way around. Maybe 3 ft. high. Unless she is climbing, then maybe higher.
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Use chicken wire or deer netting to line the inside of the fence. That is what I did for my quail pen. I made it out of an old dog kennel and I knew those holes in the chain link were way too big, so I used plastic netting to line it.

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