What won't they eat?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by furbabymum, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. furbabymum

    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to modify my duckponics. I had been growing pond plants for the animals. Now I want to fill the biofilter completely with rock and plant trees/bushes/veg plants. So, since my fence is a proven failure what can I stick in there that won't be consumed?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Are you asking what the ducks won't eat from the pond? Sorry, I'm not 100% sure what you're asking.
     
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    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apologies if I was unclear. I'm planning on planting regular plants into an aquaponics like set up but using ducks instead of fish.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Well the few times my ducks have gotten into my Koi pond was an epic disaster plant wise, pond lilies, water lettuce, Hyacinths.. to name a few.. more but i lost names and the horrific mess has left me scarred lol

    I would think the best way to keep them from eating stuff is net it off.. i found again mine destroyed all my plants and i have fish in there! those they completely ignored the plants ? ducks 1 plants 0
     
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you want to go with wetland-type shrubs, that would be your best bet, I think, and just put in plants that are a bit mature rather than tiny.

    Some species that are lovely include Buttonbush, Willow, Dogwood (Cornus sp.) , and Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris). You may be able to have something like willow around a perimeter as a living fence, and then plant some more tender perennials on the other side. There are many, many varieties of willow - some are quite colorful, they are a bee-friendly plant, too.

    My ducks are fine around mature blueberries. I put a little tube of hardware cloth around a young kiwi vine, but once mature, it doesn't hurt my vines to have the ducks eat the lowest leaves off. They do enjoy that.
     
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