Monday, 8 April 2013

Prodigal ducks

Well, our ducks have gone native; they spent the night in the canal in front of our house, and seem to be settling there. I was hoping we'd be able to do what our neighbours did, and get them to come back every night, but they seem happier in the big water, so that's where we'll leave them. I'm pleased that they are still hanging around our house, but we don't expect them to deliver any eggs to our door.

Thankfully, I don't think chickens can swim.

3 comments:

sv koho said...

Briaqn: I envy you two for having your wild pet ducks.We have wild and pet ducks and lots of predators which kill them usually coyotes and foxes and big raptors. The domestic ducks all succumb but our best technique has been raising wild mallards which cope a lot better because they can fly. We feed them supplemental crushed corn which keeps them around. You might try that. We collect eggs when we can, hatch some, eat some.

Brian Kaller said...

SV,

Do you keep your ducks penned in, or do they keep coming back to your house? I'll try the corn - thanks for the tip.

sv koho said...

We lost 10 last year at different times. I let them out during the day and they came back to the pen when lured with corn. Sometimes the mallards would stay in the pond with the wild mallards. I think we will just feed the wild ducks this year. which eat the grasses and water plants and love a corn snack.No matter how many predators I kill , they just keep coming.Now our peacocks sound a warning but unless they are in a covered pen, they are not safe here. Yesterday a Red Tail hawk dive bombed our birds but the male peacock scared it off.