Wood ducks and mandarin ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Roosterboy, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked and i couldn't find what i was looking for.

    I wanted to know if mandarins make good pets

    Are they friendly?

    Do they lay well?

    How much water do they need?

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    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008
  2. runamuck

    runamuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry Madies don't make good pets at all toooo flighty and will fly away at 1st chance without looking back. They are seasonal layers and Need a special mandrian nest to nest in . A baby pool works well
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  3. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    Special nest box?
     
  4. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    In the title you mentioned wood ducks. If you wanted to keep those you need a permit. Otherwise I can't really help, you could check feathersite for some good info.
     
  5. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i did. I did not ask about being a good pet because of the permit but the egg production was directed toward them
     
  6. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mandarins are flighty, but they can be tamed if they are handled consistently. They do need a nesting box, but they are not hard to build, my husband put mine together very quickly. They are very good parents and fun to watch. They lay in the spring. Hope that helps. If you need infor on the nesting box, let me know and I will take some pics for you.

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  7. cayuga mommy

    cayuga mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Neither Madies nor Woodies make good pets. They are what most people call Ornamental birds. They are not really a domestic breed. And where I live, you have to have a speical permit to own Madies ( not woodies though ). They get scared easily and are really flighty. And must be kept in a flight pen ( which I still need to get to work on...lol ). In my personal experience, they are not as easily hand tamed as other ducks. But, ( again from my personal experience ) woodies make a bit better pets then Madies. They need the same amount of water as any other duck. They need a small pool/pond and a waterer in their pen for them during the night when they are penned up.
    Madies aren't really good layers. They keep to strict seasonal laying ( unlike most domestic duck breeds ) and only lay about 2-6 eggs per clutch. I dont know about woodies though.
     
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  8. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Oh I don't know - I guess it depends on what you mean by "pet". If you mean you want to handle them a lot - them probably not. But if you want to enjoy watching them in a natural type habitat - I can't think of a better looking example than a mandarin.

    I could watch mine play all day long, they are pretty cool with me going into the aviary, I mean if I anted to actually catch one it woudl be quite a task, but they don't spooked if I'm just walking around doing my thing.

    They play like babies in the pools, it is really cute to watch, and they perch on all the dead trees and stuff. The call they make is awesome, a small but high pitched whistle. They call the girls all the time.

    I have four next boxes, one for each pair, and I got them from a place online. One side lifts up so you can check eggs and clean them out. They were about $60 each plus shipping.
     
  9. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the United States you do not need a permit for Mandarins. They are not a native migrating bird. You do need a permit for Wood Ducks. They ARE native to the US and the do migrate. I hope that helps. [​IMG]
     
  10. tegan 123456

    tegan 123456 New Egg

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    hi I was just wondering do you know if you need a permit for a mandarin duck as I would love a pair and are yours breeding pair
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