will call ducks fly away?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jackrooster, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2010
    I REALLY want call ducks, im aware they fly very well, buuut i want to no will they stay around with my other ducks or will they fly away?? because during the day my ducks free range all over the yard with my chickens and geese. I have some mallards and i never clip there wings and they stay around, buut i was wonder, will they fly away??
  2. toejam

    toejam Never enough birds

    Dec 21, 2009
    SW Ohio, Wilmington
    Well they will if your neighbors have a farm [​IMG]
    My brother bought a call duck at the ohio nationals. He put it down with the chickens. It waddled to the end of the coop, and took off to our neighbors pond. We did get it back. It was so funny though.
    I would assume if you get them used to the fact your area is home, they will stay.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010
  3. secretquail

    secretquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    From what I've read, if you keep their wings clipped for quite a while, they will get the idea. ...but if I could fly, I'd be on the move all the time!
  4. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

    Dec 22, 2009
    Northwest Ohio
    i raise BEI and white calls and they free range with the rest of the flock of 20-50.
    when i get something new that is older, i clip the wing and after it grows back its ok and stays around.

    I love it when they fly around about five feet up. or when the wind catches them and they get blown downwind 30 feet or so....[​IMG]
  5. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    I raised mine from ducklings and they stay. There are ponds on either side of us but they never go that far. They stay within 100 feet of the house, closer usually but we have several small ponds for them and there is plenty of foraging.
  6. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:only if something or somebody really scares them will they leave and not return. The other case is if they fall in love with a wild duck. If they are old enough to fly when you get them clip the flight feathers on ONE wing so they get used to your place. By the time the feathers grow back (and they will) your place will be home to them,,
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Mine likes to fly over the fence and lets me chase her. When she is done, she lets me pick her up and carry her back.

    Once they learn where home is, they will stick around unless what goosedragon said.
  8. Tprop12

    Tprop12 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2015
    I have some black and some gray calls they fly pretty well but as long as you raise them from a baby they won't fly away and I also i teach mine to fly they are not good natural flyers like mallerds and have no instinct to fly away or migrate.

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