sara | 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 have turned [...]
sara | 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??
I know that concrete can give them sore feet if [...]
sara | 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 medium breeds [...]
sara | 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 ducks [...]
sara | 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 if [...]
sara | 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 per [...]
sara | July 28, 2009
I have been reading that the following plants are good to plant in a duck pen.
Ornamental grasses, including pampas and ferns,
Evergreen plants such as:
Pieris ‘Forest Flame’,
Small ground cover plants such as:
The source for this info was http://www.waterfowl.org.uk/docs/plants_and_pens.pdf
I am sure I have read somewhere that lily of the valley is poisonous to [...]
sara | 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 [...]
sara | 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 [...]