The Duck Thread

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

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I've noticed that they don't like change. It makes sense!
     
  2. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a blue runner and I hVent gotten any eggs from these girls yet. My Cayuga lays green eggs though.
    Thank you. I love my runners and they like to walk into the house looking for treats. They are super friendly and climb all over you for peas.
    Female ducks are loud. My runners talk and scream at me the most but my white layer and welsh harlequin join in too. My Cayuga talks and chatters but doesn't really do the screaming/ack, ack, ack as much. My created drake talks a lot but that doesn't count since it isn't loud.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Thanks, saulsberry, you have some details that can be missing from discussion. For example, how many square feet per bird, inside. Holderread recommends - for their outdoor run - 10 sf per bird if they are out on pasture, as he puts it, or 25 sf if not. Ours have a bit more than 10 right now, and they are let out into their own garden areas multiple times per day most days.

    I agree sunshine and fresh air are good for all of us, and when the temperatures stay below 15F for days, I go with a more moderate temperature, offer them a chance to stretch their legs outdoors for a few minutes, but I keep their indoor bedding as fresh as possible.

    Protection from predators is very important to me. Holderread, again, writes that the average lifespan of a domestic duck is between 3 and 4 years, and that is primarily because of predators, if I recall correctly. Domestic ducks can live to be over ten years old if they are well cared for. Of course, awful unexpected things can happen. But often those things don't happen.

    I also want to add that there are extremely conscientious indoor duck people who work very hard to assure their ducks' health is optimal. I have no gripe with them. These ducks most often do get outside time as well.
     
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  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    We got to go outside for a little while yesterday, then it started to rain. I'm sure they would have loved to stay out in the rain, but I wasn't all that keen on it ;) I walk across the yard, they follow. They rooted around and dug in the dirt and leaves. Then they slept all evening! I think I wore them out haha When I squat down, open my arms and say "come on babies", they come waddling for me. So adorable! Melts my heart. [​IMG]

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  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cute! They are growing!
     
  6. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here. My phone and I are at war to see who's the smartest. So far it's me, but that doesn't stop the autocorrect on my phone from trying to insert all manner of random silliness. It's a sore loser.



    Magpie ducks were one of the first breeds I wanted when I started learning about ducks :)
     
  7. saulsberry

    saulsberry Out Of The Brooder

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    Im not sure what they need in a run, those numbers were for inside the house.

    Mine have a 12'x70' area fenced with a5' high wire fence to range in during the day. If we had more land it would be twice that size. Or if we didn't live in the sticks and if we owned the property, I could just let them decide where they wanted to go on our 4 acres with a pond.
     
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  8. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sooo cute! I love the variety in their color and markings :)
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For the Birds!! Premium Member

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    Growing like little weeds.... and eating like little piggies....

    I think I got lucky with them all looking so different!

    I also heard another QUACK last night, but still can't figure out which one said it. They stay so close together, and ya know they can't do it when you're lookin at em!
     
  10. pril82

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    Hi all I'm new here and have a question about Muscovy Ducks. I live in a subdivision with a pond so we have quite a large population of Muscovy's. A few months ago a duck made a nest in a bush by my front door the eggs hatched and the family eventually moved on. Over the last month I've noticed more eggs at first it was just 2 or 3 then over the course of a few weeks the collection of eggs grew. I never saw the duck until a few days ago. I noticed the nest was covered with down and straw. Now I don't touch the nest it can be easily seen from my walk way and I don't mind the ducks I just don't know if the eggs being laid are actually going to hatch or are the ducks just laying eggs like chickens do. I just don't want rotten eggs by my front door so how long do i need to wait before i csn do anything
     
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