Somewhere for my ducks to swim

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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by Soi Dog » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:52 pm

As they don't have parents to show them where to go, and they have no fear of humans, I would suspect you are right. They wouldn't last 2 days before being caught and eaten.
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by giblet » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:25 pm

All things considered, they have a pretty good life. Better than being pong tea koan or run over by a moto, which were their other options.
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by StroppyChops » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:41 pm

Can't imagine they'd go too far from mama duck, unless you were away for any length of time and then you might have a problem.
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by thePeck » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:59 am

giblet wrote:...they are so fat that I doubt they could fly far.
Sounds delicious!
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by Duncan » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:54 am

giblet,, clipping the wings of poultry is ok. It does not hurt them , its just like getting a hair cut. But don't clip the wings on both sides . If you clip on one side only ,, and they try to fly they loose balance and confidence and soon give up trying.
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by Soi Dog » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:02 am

Duncan wrote:giblet,, clipping the wings of poultry is ok. It does not hurt them , its just like getting a hair cut. But don't clip the wings on both sides . If you clip on one side only ,, and they try to fly they loose balance and confidence and soon give up trying.
Are those the kind of birds you want to raise, giblet? No balance, no confidence, no self-esteem? I am re-thinking my position on this.

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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by giblet » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:39 am

StroppyChops wrote:Can't imagine they'd go too far from mama duck, unless you were away for any length of time and then you might have a problem.
They are actually not particularly interested, they are very much a flock and imprinted onto each other. The geese are much more connected to us, but they have started hanging out with the ducks now and are becoming part of the flock (and as such, less interested in me).
Soi Dog wrote:Are those the kind of birds you want to raise, giblet? No balance, no confidence, no self-esteem? I am re-thinking my position on this.
It seems inevitable, growing up in my household.
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by General Mackevili » Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:15 pm

The moat around Angkor Wat?
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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by giblet » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:23 pm

We still haven't decided on a more permanent solution, but since the kids are growing we got them a bigger pool.

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Re: Somewhere for my ducks to swim

Post by StroppyChops » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:31 pm

Nice! Wow, they're all grown up now.
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