Video: Mandarins and White Call Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Scott, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    I recorded a brief video of my mandarins and call ducks this afternoon, so I thought I would share it here. As you can see, there are two pairs of white call ducks. There is also 2 split-to-white mandarin drakes, 1 regular mandarin hen, and 1 white mandarin hen. I'll eventually be adding a white mandarin drake, another regular hen, and building a new pen exclusively for the mandarins. Feedback welcome.

    Click here to view the video!
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    They look soo happy!
     
  3. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Quote:Thanks. They ought to be...
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Just wondering, can calls be "tamed"?
     
  5. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Quote:Yeah, I think so. I believe if raised by hand and held often, they can become relatively tame.
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    I'll add a new video once I get the pen painted.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  7. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    They are beautiful ducks and I love your set up -
     
  8. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Quote:Thank you!
     
  9. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like it...............and the closeup photo below it of the resting drake is excellent.

    giffy
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  10. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Quote:Thanks for compliment, Giffy. As I'm sure you can tell, my duck set up owes a great deal to your raised duck pen design. Your site is a great resource for those with waterfowl. I particularly enjoy watching your live cam nest box videos. I would actually like your opinion on something considering that you raise mandarins and wood ducks so successfully.

    I had originally planned on building a separate aviary for the mandarins with traditional wood box nest boxes. However, after building this raised pen, I've decided that I want a similar raised pen for my mandarins if possible. My idea is to modify the house into two stories. The lower story will be a communal area where feed is offered.... similar to the house in the pen now. However, there will also be an upper story that will be divided into four separate nest box areas. Each nest box compartment would be one foot wide and one and half foot tall. Mandarin sized entryways would provide access to the nest boxes. And these doorways would be near the roof of the house.

    The entry holes to the nest boxes would only be about 3 feet above the pen floor. However, the nests would be over 5 feet from the ground. I've considered dropping the floor of the pen another foot, but I don't think I could go any lower than that. I love the design of this pen, and hope to use it for the mandarins. I just don't want to deter them from setting and raising young this spring. They seem well adjusted and secure in the pen they share with the call ducks now. They don't panic when I am around and go about their business as I stand there or work around the pen (as you can see from the video). I think being with call ducks has really helped them adjust to the pen and me. I believe they will accept the nest boxes, but I don't have the experience with the Aix birds that you have. So, what do you think? Do you think the mandarins will accept these nest boxes in this type of set up?

    Oh, and incidentally, do you know of anyone that has a spare white mandarin drake they are willing to sell?
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010

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