Should I take my duck kayaking with me in Lake Michigan?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rainbow1036, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Rainbow1036

    Rainbow1036 Out Of The Brooder

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    I like kayaking a lot and I take my duck with me when I go kayaking in the creek in my backyard (he swims next to my kayak). Me and some of my kayaking friends are planning on kayaking in Lake Michigan (about 2 miles away from my house) and I want to take my duck with me if the waves aren't high, My ducks wings are not clipped nor do I plan to clip them. If I take my duck on the lake it would be the farthest I've ever taken him away from home, If he decides to fly away while were on the lake would he be able to find his own way back home or would he not know how to get home? While swimming in our creek he's never gone more than about a quarter of a mile away from home on his own without me.

    I want to take him but I don't want him to fly off and get lost and not be able to find his own way home
     
  2. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    My gut reaction says it's a bad idea. But if you do it, I would love to hear how it goes. Would be cool to be able to take a duck out like that. I don't think I would risk it though.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Predators could easily get it. There are a lot of hawks and other birds of prey along the shores of the Great Lakes.
     
  4. Rainbow1036

    Rainbow1036 Out Of The Brooder

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    hawk eat grown ducks?[​IMG]
     
  5. Captain Cluck

    Captain Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks, chickens, rabbits...

    Some hawks get pretty big, and when they are hungry, size of prey doesn't matter.
     
  6. Rainbow1036

    Rainbow1036 Out Of The Brooder

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    I didnt know that! we have a hawk nest in a tree in our yard!
     
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I would not do it. First the location is new to your duck, and it will not know how to get back by itself. I worry that it gets spooked by something, flys off and gets lost. I would leave it to the creek fun, a surrounding your duck is familiar with.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Your call - risky or safe.
     
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  9. Captain Cluck

    Captain Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They also go after small cats and dogs (chihuahua size).

    Keep a weather eye on those hawks and give your duck a protected area to hang out. A run with a roof - wire fence across the top of the pen will work. Maybe put a few potted shrubs in the run for him to hide under.

    You can tie mylar ribbons to the roofing wire to discourage the hawks and make your duck harder to see.
    The breeze will lift the ribbon and make the sunlight reflect off it and distract the hawks from your duck.

    (Mylar - You know... those silver plastic balloons - just get hold of a few and cut them into ribbons and tie to your run roof. Or get some of that silver shreds stuff and use that. You can find either at the dollar store.)

    This is not a guarantee that your duck will be safe - just a way to distract the hawks from going after your duck. You still have to be proactive in your pet's safety.

    Google hawks and read up on them. Fascinating creatures.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Quote:Captain Cluck, I respect your rank, sir, but did you read the original post at all? OP is talking about kayaking on Lake Michigan, not hanging out at home. [​IMG]
     
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