The Duck Thread

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ZakoHero, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    My Toulouse gander is still young so he doesn't act to nasty to me, my Embden gander who will be 8 yrs old in April is a holy terror right now since it's mating season for geese. He tries to bite me at least 3-4 times a day you'd think after almost 8yers he realize I'm not the bad guy[lady]
    My Muscovy's are tame, not sit in your lap like a dog tame but tame.
     
  2. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My aunt bought 8 geese about 40 yrs ago and they were nice but they have just kept breeding until today where my aunt now has 32 (We butcher a whole bunch every year) and those 32 are the meanest! They attack at any chance they get!!! There is one nice one that is about 20 yrs old! He is blind and can barely walk so he actually lives in their garage in a doggie house with a little fence area. The rest are mean though.....
     
  3. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    On the subject of tameness, I raised two sets of chicks in my house this winter one set from day one was in the spare room the second set overlap these guys so they lived in my kitchen until the first batch was ready to move outside. Now both sets of chick are over two months old, and they have moved into their coop and there's a difference in how friendly they are. My kitchen babies are quite a bit more friendly, they really seem to identify me as a mama hen. So even though the spare room is free and the big brooder is ready for them I think I'm going to keep the soon to hatch ducks in the smaller brooder (a large aquarium) in the kitchen until they grow out of it... My adult ducks aren't as wild as some ( you can pick them up if you have to ) but I would like to have a better relationship with these soon to be birds.
     
  4. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my fiancé and I have this 6mo old kitten that's always trying to bat at the ducklings when they're out, and whenever I open the door to the brooder, she runs over and sticks her paw in and waves it around. She acts very predatorial around them, and I have to push her away repeatedly. Yesterday, however, she figured out how to undo the latch on the brooder and jumped inside while no one was home. The door shut and she couldn't get back out. Luckily, 2wk old ducklings are big and scary because my fiancé found her huddled in the corner terrified out of her mind while all the ducklings just milled around like it was no big deal. She was all meow and no bite, lol! And rest assured, measures are being taken to make sure this incident doesn't happen again.

    They sure are getting huge, those ducklings. I'm not sure what we're gonna do when the three additional ducklings arrive next week. My five ducklings now will be three weeks old, and too big to be in the same brooder as day olds, but they won't be old enough to go in the garage with these temps. Hmmmm...
     
  5. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like she learned her lesson, LOL! I think everyone will be fine, especially if you clip her claws. Ducklings are not only curious, but their only means of interacting with the world is with their face, so I'm sure she was barraged by an army of tiny beaks!
     
  6. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol I'm sure she was, but I don't think she learned anything. She still tries to get in, and she pounces on the brooder whenever they tap their beaks on the wall. We do clip her claws though. I just wish she would be like my two older cats and not give a quack about the ducklings.
     
  7. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Kittens are kittens, give it time. In a few months when she's grown it'll be as normal to her as anything. The hard part is just getting through those first few months!
     
  8. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know. It's been a while since I've had a kitten, and and I've forgotten how much they just love to get into everything. Anyway, my scruffy little minions are getting so funny looking. They're two and a half weeks old, and finally starting to shed their fluffy little down feathers. The WH's are surprising me with their dark feathers coming in. I know what they're supposed to look like when they're full grown, but this in between stage is intersting. Gosh they do love romaine lettuce though. They crawl all over me for it. I need to think of other treats for them to try.

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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    They have grown alot, and so cute too. Have you tried dried meal worms. Mine love them.
     
  10. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are so cute and got so big!
     

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