snow ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by a.graham52, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. a.graham52

    a.graham52 In the Brooder

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    well now that we have snow, i realize how active my flock was at foraging. now they just lay most of the day in the tree line where there is still some running water. should i worry about them getting bored or just leave them be?
     
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  2. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crowing

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    Don't worry about them as long as they eat and drink and walk around at least a bit.
    We don't have snow here yet, but there are no interesting things in the duck's area any more. My five Indian Runner ducks have turned into »Indian Sleeper ducks«. Most of the time they just sit in front of the house, enjoy the sun and the reflected heat (red brick wall) and just sleep the day away. Only when we are outside too they come, watching what their humans are up to.
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Ducks manage. They need shelter and straw ..Pretty much can look after themselves.
     
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  4. thumper650

    thumper650 Songster

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    I worry about boredom too, since I work days now and my ducks spend a lot of time in their run. I freeze peas and cracked corn in water in plastic cups, so they can pick at them and more food is available as it melts, if it's above freezing. I also spread cracked corn on the snow so they can "forage" for that too. I threw my old pumpkin out there and they like picking at it.
     
  5. a.graham52

    a.graham52 In the Brooder

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    perfect. good to know
    i tried putting out cracked corn but they have like no interested in it.
     
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    thumper650 Songster

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    Wow! My ducks love it!
     
  7. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crowing

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    My duckies love to eat cracked corn out of my hands!
    If i mix it under their crumbles, spread it on the ground or put it in their supper bowl they won't eat it. Same with scratch grains. Picky eaters!
     
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  8. Runner duck mom

    Runner duck mom Songster

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    I got a bag of scratch thinking it would be something fun for the ducks to forage around for in their run, they wouldn't touch it...i now use it as a paperweight to hold their bag of feed closed :)
    They do like when they get a whole ear of corn, keeps them busy for a little while anyway.
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I found a 6 way scratch all my birds love they have huge appetites right now getting plump for winter lol they also love whole corn.All Non GMO
     
  10. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crowing

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    If i offer them scratch grains, they carefully pick out the corn and leave the rest (wheat, Barley, Alfalfa and some other grains) - like me, i only eat the red gummy-bears first.
    I think i will collect the remaining seeds and try to make fodder out of that, curious to see if they eat that!
     
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