Runner ducks won't swim

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by runningkaren, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10, 4-month-old Runner ducks and a 100 by 120 foot farm pond. While these ducks will swim in their water pan, they will not step webbed foot in the pond. Any ideas?
     
  2. howard

    howard Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had the same problem.
    I had a snapping turtle problem. One of the ducks was eaten by a huge snapper and after that the other 9 would not go near the pond. Other predators have gotten 7 others. I am down to 2 ducks.

    I trapped and shot 8 snapping turtles. think I have them all but ducks still will not get into pond.

    I thought I was the only one that had waterless ducks :>(
     
  3. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Ponder
    Set up a turtle trap. If in 3 days you have nothing then remove the water pan and they will be forced to adapt. Its like switching chickens to a new feeder. Sometimes their scared of it and you have to force them to accept. If there are turtles, be grateful your ducks are smart enough to stay away from predators.
     
  4. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen no signs of snapping turtles but we do have sliders. Could they be avoiding them, thinking they are snappers? Will snappers kill adult ducks?
     
  5. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    By the way, what is a turtle trap?
     
  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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  7. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I was starting to think thatr my ducks would never swim

    I would watch them drink out of their pond, but they wouldn't get in

    I bought a lower pond, and they love it.
     
  8. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    Funny thing, the ducks could walk right into the farm pond on small river pebbles but have to step up 5 inches into their water dish. They go in the water dish!

    I am so baffled.
     
  9. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks always seem to be scared of the big pond at first. My always take a few days to get in it. Don't worry they will become really ducks soon. [​IMG]
     
  10. howard

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    I built a turtle trap out of some fence that is for keeping rabbits out of your garden. found a grate out of a smoker about 15" x 15" to use as a door then made the trap to fit the door. Built a small bait box out of 1/4" hardware cloth and put it on a welding rod so it could be suspended at the back of the trap.
    Made a trip wire to let the door close when something ( turtle) hit it trying to get to the bait. I have 4 milk jugs attached with cable ties on each corner to keep it afloat ( 1/2 gallon size ).

    Clear as MUD ??? I can take some photos if you want me to :>)
     

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