Hope you and your feathered friends and other animals are all well.
I have been sent an email about how to deter wild ducks from coming and trying to breed with domesticated ducks.
Hi there - we have a male and female silver appleyard duck - 2 years old now. We are having terrible trouble with the male ducks from the local park flying in to mate with the female, sometimes 5 or 6 at a time!! Are you aware of any tips that would discourage them other than buying netting to cover the pond area where they are housed??.. Any help would be greatly appreciated, it is so sad to see her panic when she hears the males fly in. Many thanks and kind regards Sue
I don't have any experience of this as my motley crew of ducks and drakes don't seem to be bothered by wild ducks and drakes.
I did a google search and I read that - "If they are flying in, you can put up "seagull wire". You put up poles on the deck corners and string fine wire or monofilament fishing line overhead. It's almost invisible to you but the birds will see and avoid it." I am not sure how this would affect your ducks and whether the wire would harm the wild ducks? I also read "Streamers of bright colours will give them a fright. For some ducks, these thing work for good and you will never see them again, and for the more persistent ducks they only work long enough for them to discover that the new things are harmless." Again not sure how this would affect your ducks.
Thanks for any advice.
sara @ farmingfriends