Thoughts on temporarily housing goldens with ducks?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by trishmk, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. trishmk

    trishmk Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been interested in getting pheasants for quite awhile and as usually happens the opportunity to get a pair of goldens came up before their enclosure is ready. Lots of weather delays etc - looks like it will be a at least a couple of weeks before it's ready for the birds. I've got them in a 48"x30"x38" wire kennel for now - they are doing ok but I know they would prefer some more space. I've got a 14' Octagon Aviary with a pair each of wood ducks, hooded mergansers and calls. A good portion of the aviary is a central pond... I know there is enough room for the pheasants and although housing with ducks might not be ideal I'd like to give them more room. I'm concerned mostly about the pond - they are pretty flighty.... if they get themselves into it would they be able to get out?
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  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    It looks like they could get out. I have kept a trio of red goldens in my duck pen for years . I have kiddie pools. I have never had a problem with adult birds but have lost a coupla youngsters growing out. If They had a way to walk out they would have made it.
     
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  3. trishmk

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    Maybe I should put in some sort of ramp just in case. Weather looks good for the weekend so I think I'll give it a try. Thanks!
     
  4. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with destinduck, you should be fine. Over the years at home & in public collections, I've worked/kept galliformes with waterfowl together. Never had any problems. Most recently, 2009, Swinhoe with various ducks in a large planted aviary.

    Follow some of Monte's posts http://www.gbwf.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6509 He has several photos both on the new forum & old with mixed species aviaries.

    Dan
     
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  5. trishmk

    trishmk Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link, Dan. Great site!
     
  6. PetersonD

    PetersonD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a nice area for your birds... I agree the goldens should do okay in there... How do you supply water for your pond and does it have a drain?
     
  7. trishmk

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    Thanks! My husband built it for me. The pond has a 2" (maybe 3"?) drain -the PVC comes out down the hill a bit - I just open a valve and it dumps out. I then hose it out and refill - the big rock in the middle there acts as a waterfall - it has fresh water hooked to it and also has a recirculating line but I haven't hooked a pump up to it yet. I generally clean once a week but during the hot part of the summer it needs it every few days.

    The goldens have been in there a few days now and seem to be doing well.
     

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