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Will Two Drakes & Two Ducks Get On?

| July 7, 2011

Duck keepers often wonder what is the best combination and ratio of male to females and I am often emailed about the numbers of drakes and ducks in a group and whether they will get along ok. Carolyn has just emailed as she has two draks and two ducks. The ducklings I got at Easter [...]

Will Concrete Flooring Or 1/2″ Chicken Mesh Hurt Ducks Feet?

| January 7, 2011

I have been asked if concrete flooring or 1/2″ chicken mesh will hurt ducks feet. I live in an area with alot of raccoons….and due to lack of forage, have to move the duck pen around alot….Will it hurt them to walk on 1/2″chicken mesh and concrete?? Linda I know that concrete can give them [...]

Housing Size Requirements For Ducks

| May 1, 2010

I have been asked about the size of housing reuired for keeping a number of ducks. The size of the housing will depend on the number of ducks kept and the size of the duck breed. Large breeds such as Aylesbury ducks need a good two-foot square area per bird and two foot high. The [...]

Mixing More Than One Male Call Duck With Three Female Call Ducks

| January 18, 2010

I am often asked about mixing different set of ducks and thought that this was a particularly interesting question about mixing call ducks. “Hi, I have just been given two females and a male call duck, literally with out any notice! I couldnt say no but am I going to upset my pair of call [...]

Duck Dependent On Humans

| January 10, 2010

If you have a duck who has become dependent on humans, say if you incubate some duck eggs and only one duckling hatches out then the duckling may become dependent on the human who is caring for the duckling as the bird doesn’t have any other ducks to interact with. So what can you do [...]

Can You Keep All Drakes Together?

| November 29, 2009

I am often asked if you can keep all drakes together. My answer to this  would be no if you are just keeping drakes unless they are separated from each other. If you are going to keep drakes then you will need to get some ducks to satisfy their breeding urges. At least 2 ducks [...]

Plants For Duck Pens

| July 28, 2009

I have been reading that the following plants are good to plant in a duck pen. Sedge grass, Montbretia, Ornamental grasses, including pampas and ferns, Evergreen shrubs Dwarf varieties Evergreen plants such as: Cotoneaster, Eleagnus, Pyracantha, Berberis, Rhododendron, Pieris ‘Forest Flame’, Small ground cover plants such as: Periwinkle, Potentilla, Rock Rose, Heathers, Hostas. The source [...]

Ducks & Water

| July 3, 2009

Ducks are waterfowl and it is important for them to have access to water so that they can swim in the water as well as dabble in it, submerge their head in it to keep their eyes clean and healthy and to bathe in it so that they can keep themselves free from mites and [...]

Taming Ducks And Ducklings

| April 5, 2009

I am often asked about how to tame ducks and ducklings. Hey i have 6 prob 5 week old baby ducks and am having problems getting them use to being held we got em when they was 4 weeks old and so there use to each other and are use to the fact we feed [...]