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Anyone have any expierence with ducks? (See Question)

Asked by ShiningToast (2101points) April 16th, 2010

Ok, so when I looked out my window this morning I saw a 10 ducklings in my pool with the mother duck. When I came home, I count 13, so they all have hatched today.

Normally I wouldn’t mind having a bunch of cute ducklings in my pool, I would let them stay. The thing is, my cat is an expert bird catcher. I have managed to keep him in the house today, but it is only a matter of time before he escapes and gets one.

There is a pond near my house (I’m about 99% certain that is where mom came from) that I would like to move them to, if this is possible.

I just don’t want to round up all of the ducklings and mom, move them to the pond, and have mama abandon them. Does anyone have experience in moving ducks, or just wild ducks in general? The ducklings are running, swimming and hopping, very good for a day old. Can I safely move them?

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jrpowell's avatar

We used to have a bunch of ducks (over 10) and cats. The cats left them alone. We got our ducks when they were tiny. They grow very fast, in two weeks you will be shocked at how big they are.

And really, cats don’t do water the ducks are mostly going to hang out near the water for a fast getaway. And there are cats everywhere. If they are going to get killed it is either going to be your cat or another cat.

I wouldn’t bother moving them (if you don’t mind them) until/if they start showing up dead.

gemiwing's avatar

I don’t know but here is some information I found if you need to move them.

ShiningToast's avatar

@johnpowell That sounds like good advice, thanks.

@gemiwing Oh perfect. The first thing I did this morning was make a ramp, so mission accomplished there.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@ShiningToast Aww, cute Mallards.

I gotta agree with @johnpowell on this one, it’s probably best not to move them. The mother knows how to take care of her ducklings best.

dpworkin's avatar

I had good luck with some ducks who inhabited my pond, and at the time I had four killer cats. I miss my pond, I miss my ducks.

laureth's avatar

This question made me remember this story from a while back. A banker in Spokane rescued some ducklings and transported them in a box to the nearest water. He let Mama Duck see what he was doing and she followed right along. When he let them out in the river, Mama and babies swam away together.

I don’t know if that works for everyone, but it’s something to consider. Or, you could call your local bird rescue people.

Glow's avatar

I am sure if you called local animal control they would move them with the mother duck. Like round them up in a box and deposit them off. You could always chase them away, but carefully so that they run towards the pond. I doubt they will stay too long, they need to eat.

It’s not gonna be fun cleaning all the birdie poopies though D:

dpworkin's avatar

Oh, the duck poop made my aquatic plants go nuts! It was great!

janbb's avatar

I think Coloma is our resident duck and goose expert. I will send this to her and she will probably be able to help you.

escapedone7's avatar

Yes, @Coloma will know. Where is she? I am not a bird expert. However I have a cat. I know my cat, when he escapes, kills anything smaller than he is. If your cat is like mine, those cute little duckies are in danger. At least cats don’t like to go into the water. If they stay in the pool, the cat won’t dive in. But yeah, that’s a bad thing waiting to happen. I would also worry about the chlorine and stuff.

Coloma's avatar

Mother goose here..haha

You should be able to move the family safely and without any fears of abandonment.

A big laundry basket covered with a blanket would be a good enclosure to transport the family in. Keep them in the dark.

Do not use a towel as their toenails can become tangled up badly.
A sheet or newspapers or shavings would be best.

As long as they have the water nearby they should just sail off and do their thing.

Is the pond in a safe location, does it have good water supply during the hot weather?

Ducks and geese are pretty hardy but many domestics that do not fly suffer from being abandoned in poor locations, if she is a wild duck her chances are better than a domestic breed.

Good luck!

ShiningToast's avatar

@Coloma The pond is fairly large, and has a large duck population already. Thank you!

threadcountqueen's avatar

We had ducks as pets when I was a kid.. we built a pretty big enclosure made out of chicken wire.. and fed them. I it was allot of fun… but I was like 7 at the time. So I guess build an enclosure for them to walk into… like even on the bottom… and then move the entire thing to where you want them to go. Might be a complicated and possibly wont work since your dealing with animals. But they will probably go where the food goes.. if you know what I mean.

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