Rescued a Pekin. Advice Needed.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PB67, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. PB67

    PB67 Out Of The Brooder

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    .Poor guy spent the whole day under a car in a Ruby Tuesday parking lot. Brought him home and built a makeshift fence for him off of my partially enclosed back porch.

    He's been coming inside at night, but this is only temporary (cause poop), but I know he's lonely and I want to keep him safe from predators.

    I plan on getting him a companion or two come spring. Will he be okay alone until then, or should I try to find someone sooner?


    Thanks for your advice.


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  2. LucyLucky

    LucyLucky Out Of The Brooder

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    Ruby might be a little lonely for the time being until you can get a companion for her. She should be quite happy if you spend time with her because then she won't be so alone and isolated. If you want to give her any snacks my pekins love lettuce and plain Cheerios! Ruby might enjoy sharing a treat with you too!!
     
  3. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Single ducklings respond well to stuffed animals might work with your big guy...
     
  4. PB67

    PB67 Out Of The Brooder

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  5. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    2-6 square feet needed per duck. More space is probably better... as in don't go with two square feet per duck... :)
     
  6. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put a mirror by ruby to help her feel like she has a friend. Between that, attention from you and a stuffed animal she should be ok. But the sooner she has real friends the better.

    Thank you for rescuing her and providing her a home!!!!

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  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Proud of you! You are right to consider predators - remember, they are more determined, stronger and smarter than any of us may realize. The unbreakable mirror idea sounds very good. Enjoy - ducks are such good company!
     
  8. PB67

    PB67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ruby update.

    Tried several treats for him (peas, cheerios, watermelon) and he just turns up his nose. Mealworms, on the other hand, NOM NOM NOM.

    Got him a stuffed duck. His reaction: DO NOT WANT!

    Put a mirror down, he honks at it and pecks the ground in front of it.


    Fenced in an area off of the back porch and got his house. I just need to put a door on it and he'll be ready to move outside.

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  9. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a stray dog come through similar fencing and kill two of my ducks. I hate to say it but you may want tougher fencing before letting Ruby out. A fox, coyote, bobcat, etc... can jump that and dogs can either jump or they will plow right through it. I put up a chain link dog kennel after I lost two of mine.

    Also, I have red tail, red shoulder and cooper's hawks circling or even sitting on top of my fencing on many days. I had to put some mesh up to keep them and owls out. Again, dependent on flying predators you may want something over the top of the coop.
     
  10. PB67

    PB67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hard to tell from the picture, but the fence itself is welded wire (4 ft tall). The plastic netting is just there to keep him from getting his head/feet stuck in the fence. I'm going to put a door on his house and close him in at night.

    As far as a top for the coop, is poultry netting sufficient or should I get something stronger?
     

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