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Facts about duck ownership

These a few facts one should know before buying a duck.   Those little fuzzy cuties you take home won’t stay little fuzzies for long and will need some care.    I can’t say all domestic ducks can’t fly but they can’t fly far and they don’t have the ability to migrate like wild ducks.

Consider these things before buying or obtaining a duck.

Don’t Buy that Easter Duck!!!

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Only Get Duckies if you are ready

Don’t buy that Easter Duck!!!

That cute little ball of yellow fluff with an adorable little bill and webbed feet looks up at you from the tub in the ranch/farm store or cage at the pet store. Your heart leaps in your chest and you are so sure that your child would be thrilled to have that little cutie in their Easter basket …. STOP!!! Don’t let the “cuteness factor” win out before you are aware of the amount of effort it takes to care for domestic waterfowl. Unless you have read up on how to care for ducks and geese, please don’t buy the little cutie.

First off, ducks and geese poop ALOT. The gift really loses a lot of charm when it poops in the Easter basket. Ducks are also quite messy. I have never been able to keep a duck brooder clean for more than three seconds. There is no way the brooder floor can stay dry once the little ducklings find the water and food containers.

Ducklings and goslings need to be kept in a brooder with proper heat and cool zones. It is also important to feed them the proper diet or they may suffer permanent physical damage.

There is always the issue of taking care of the duck once it gets older. Ducks kept in a safe and healthy environment can live over ten years and geese can live to 20 or more years. That is a rather long commitment.

For many of these reasons, people tire of their feather friend and drop them off at the local park and drive away feeling they have, “done the little thing a favor.” It really is no favor and, is quite often, a death sentence to the animal. Due to breeding, domestic ducks do not have the ability to fly and their waddle does not give them a very fast rate of speed. Both these factors, plus the fact they tend to trust people, leads them to fall prey to predators such dogs and people who might wish to harm them. Many have also gotten entangled in fishing lines. Walking on hard surfaces can lead to sores on the feet and sometimes lameness.

People generally get up in arms, and rightly so, when they hear of the abandonment of dogs, cats and rabbits. However, willfully abandoning a domestic duck or goose isn’t much different and all are a misdemeanor in the state of California subject to a $500 fine and/or 6 months in jail.

Turning domestic ducks and geese lose is wrong in three ways, it is illegal, inhumane and damaging to the environment.

If you no longer want your feathered pet, instead of just dropping him/her off at the park, call the local animal control. If they can’t take them, they may know someone who would be interested and willing to give them a new home.

In spite of all the frustrations, I am a duck owner but before I ever brought a duck on my property, I read at least three books about their care so, please, consider the welfare of the duck or goose before you take it home.

By the way, please consider the same factors before purchasing any live animal for an Easter present. Probably a stuffed animal would be a better choice.

 

Indian Runner Ducks

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Smoke & Fire Fawn

Indian Runner Ducks are a breed unto themselves.   They have no concept of a “waddle.”  As their name implies, they run and look quite adorable doing so.   I have included this video to show what they look like and their purpose.   Although I have two as pets, they were originally bred to forage in rice paddies.   Many walk over 1,000 miles in a lifetime.

Although they are called Indian Runner Ducks they are not from India.  They were first bred in Asia and were taken out in the rice fields every day to forage on bugs and other little pests.   The ducks were walked out each day.  A flag was put up and the ducks were trained to stay within sight of the flag.  In the evening they were walked back and put into their pens.   The owners did not turn them loose until around 9:00 so they would lay their eggs in the pens and not out in the field.

The breed made their way to England when trade opened up between the two countries.   Once in England they became very popular.   They can be found in various colors including white, chocolate, black, fawn and white, penciled as well as some more exotic colors such as lilac.   They stand fairly upright and look a little like bowling pins or wine bottles.   Although they are described as “flighty,” most people who have them as pets, such as myself, find them to be quite personable and friendly.

A bit more regarding Runner Ducks in a couple days.

 

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Why Not Ducks introduction

Ducks fall behind the chicken when it comes to America’s most popular barnyard fowl but in Asia, and many places in Europe, the duck reigns supreme.

Why Ducks?  Well, why not?

The new website / blog, Why Not Ducks, will have information on duck care, duck health, duck breeds, duck abandonment and adoption, duck egg nutrition, duck stories, and other duck related information.

Should I own ducks?  What is the best diet?  What protection do ducks need from predators?  Are all ducks the same?   What does duck ownership involve?

Did you know that ducks who are kept in a safe, healthy environment can live to be over ten years old or that only one breed of domestic duck originates in North America?   If you don’t, and are interested in more duck facts, are considering duck ownership, or just find ducks to be amusing, drop by and check out the website / blog Why Not Ducks?

http://yknotducks.com

 

 

 

Egg aplenty

Hello everyone.

I had planned to write about Cayuga ducks this week but instead decided to share a photo of my ducks’ eggs.   Every day the ducks have been contributing at least six eggs to my growing collection.   All duck eggs do not look alike.   The large ones are usually laid by the white Pekins (Alfack, Quacker and Lil’ Darlin’.)   The medium are from Winchester (Khaki Campbell,) Smudge Underwriter (Cayuga,) or Lady Waddletail (Welch Harlequin.)   The smaller ones are from the Indian Runners (Fire Fawn and Smoke Frecklefoot.)   The light blue one is from Smoke.   All of them taste wonderful.

Bakeduck eggs 02rs like to duck eggs because the goods are more moist and rise more.   They make fantastic deviled eggs but Momma and Papa Duck use them for everything.

Duck eggs are especially nutritious and are sometimes good for people who are allergic to chicken eggs.

Here is a chart for those of you who like to know the nutritional value of your food.

duck egg nutrition

Quackin’ and flapping’ from all the avian population of the Adams’         Y-Knot Ranch in Loma Rica, CA

 

Why Not Ducks introduction

Ducks fall behind the chicken when it comes to America’s most popular barnyard fowl but in Asia, and many places in Europe, the duck reigns supreme.

Why Ducks?  Well, why not?

The new website / blog, Why Not Ducks, will have information on duck care, duck health, duck breeds, duck abandonment and adoption, duck egg nutrition, duck stories, and other duck related information.

Should I own ducks?  What is the best diet?  What protection do ducks need from predators?  Are all ducks the same?   What does duck ownership involve?

Did you know that ducks who are kept in a safe, healthy environment can live to be over ten years old or that only one breed of domestic duck originates in North America?   If you don’t, and are interested in more duck facts, are considering duck ownership, or just find ducks to be amusing, drop by and check out the website / blog Why Not Ducks?

http://yknotducks.com

 

 

 

Work in Progress

Dudley & ladies (r)

 

 

Hello everyone.

 

Why Not Ducks? is presently a work in progress.

The site is going to be a website/blog that will include information about duck care, duck health issues, duck breeds, duck egg information, duck abandonment and adoption, general duck information and true life duck stories.   It will hopefully have info to help duck owners and potential owners but It should also be just fun for anyone to read.   My plan is to attach this to a dedicated Facebook page.  When that happens, I hope I get some “likes” and some friends.

This site and blog will take a few weeks to develop so please be patient.

In the meantime, if you see those fuzzy adorable creatures with those cute little bills and webbed feet  in the farm or pet store, please don’t buy them for someone’s Easter basket.   First off, ducks poop ALOT and no one is going to be endeared with a creature that poops in their Easter basket.   Ducks are not the neatest animals and poop ALOT.   I have found no way to keep the brooder clean for more than two seconds.    Unless you have studied and read information about duck care, please don’t buy the little cutie.   The wrong food or careless handling can cause life-long health issues.  Many people abandon these ducks after a few weeks when they discover that they are more work than they imagined.   Please don’t be one of those folks who leave the duckies by the local pond or lake thinking you are doing them a “favor.”   It is no favor, but we’ll get to that in a later post.

Quackin’ and flappin’