New Ducks

Tue May 08, 2007 6:48 am

Thanks everybody who helped with information on my nesting mother duck. I know have 9 very cute babies who are all doing fine. She was diligent and sat for a total 31 days and then there they were. They seem to be doing just fine, love to swim in a shallow water "pond" I built out of a kitchen basin, and are eating like crazy. Looks like they are all going to make it. Does anyone think they will fly away on their own? I do not certainly want to keep all if any of them, and I am not eating them. I do have a nice park where they can all go to after a few months if they don't leave on their own. I have chickens as well so there is always food and water here, so I am thinking they may not want to leave. It was a good experience to go through the hatching with the mother though and kinda cool to go out in the morning, let them out of their house and watch them go to play for the day. I am glad I did it. ----John

Tue May 08, 2007 7:47 am

They will surely take wing and fly. How far or how long is anyone's guess.

Tue May 08, 2007 11:23 am

When they are old enough to fly on there own a couple three weeks. Stop feeding them .
They will leave.
I have ducks off as well. Wood ducks and hooded Mergansers. Trumpeter swans will be nesting soon.
I was going to post pictures. But cant find my usb plug from our camera. Teenage kids.

Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:30 pm

I am down to 3 ducks and they can surely fly but I raised them from small and they love the cracked corn and the pond. I wonder if they would fly away if I stopped feeding them? A near by State heard of the book or movie " The Yearling" well Marjorie Rawlings old place is only about 12 miles from my home and they have Mallards that just graze or shovel with their bills in the dirt and they dont feed them either, but the ducks dont leave! Great place to visit.