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Britt Arbanas
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Hey, my husband and I have just purchased land, it has a 2 acre spring-fed pond, plus another shallower pond, and roughly 15 acres of wetlands. I love the diversity and am pretty keen on getting ducks.

I have a couple questions if anyone could help:
- Does anyone know of any good resources for pond raised ducks?
- Do they stay outside in rainy weather? We live in the Pacific North West.
- Do ducks mob up or spread out? Will they utilize the whole wetlands area or stick to the ponds?
- Based on those questions, I'm wondering about fencing, keeping ducks in/predators out?
- Would the duck shelter have to be close to the pond to make them want to come in at night? I wanted a chicken/duck house to stack functions, but it would be farther from pond.

Any info will help! Thanks!
 
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Britt Arbanas wrote:Hey, my husband and I have just purchased land, it has a 2 acre spring-fed pond, plus another shallower pond, and roughly 15 acres of wetlands. I love the diversity and am pretty keen on getting ducks.

I have a couple questions if anyone could help:
- Does anyone know of any good resources for pond raised ducks?
- Do they stay outside in rainy weather? We live in the Pacific North West.
- Do ducks mob up or spread out? Will they utilize the whole wetlands area or stick to the ponds?
- Based on those questions, I'm wondering about fencing, keeping ducks in/predators out?
- Would the duck shelter have to be close to the pond to make them want to come in at night? I wanted a chicken/duck house to stack functions, but it would be farther from pond.

Any info will help! Thanks!


Hey Britt, I can take care of the easy ones.

Britt Arbanas wrote:- Do they stay outside in rainy weather? We live in the Pacific North West.


Yup, they love it

Britt Arbanas wrote: Do ducks mob up or spread out? Will they utilize the whole wetlands area or stick to the ponds?


My ducks WISH they had a pond. I have a couple little bathtub sized puddles - but they'll use it all. I raise my ducks with geese I have 5 between the two types and they tend to mob up when then move a spread out a bit as they graze - but never too far apart. The largest flocks I'm really familiar with are in the 20ish range and they tend to clump up too. I don't know what your version of 'wet land' is - but if they can access it they will forage on it in my experience.

Britt Arbanas wrote: - Would the duck shelter have to be close to the pond to make them want to come in at night? I wanted a chicken/duck house to stack functions, but it would be farther from pond.


Strictly speaking they don't really even need a shelter. They will find they're way back to one though if you provide it and get them used to it. A friend of mine opens her pen every morning and shuts it every night - besides that all she does is collect the eggs. You can train ducks to come when called too. Mine do.

Britt Arbanas wrote:- Based on those questions, I'm wondering about fencing, keeping ducks in/predators out?


Ducks in is easy anything over about a foot tall will keep them corralled. Predators out depends on your predators. Unless you're on the peninsula or deep in the cascades where there is real pressure anything will work pretty well. They (the ducks) tend to bail into the water if they sense danger coming. I have yet to meet a coyote that can walk on water. Also you could consider getting some geese as well. Geese are the Tanks of the Avian world. I have 3 and they scare away the racoons. Make sure you have several though if you go this route. One goose is easy game for a coyote.
 
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Oh, and welcome to permies
 
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Foxes prefer duck to chicken. If you want the water for something else I would rather dig another pond or give them an old bath tub, because ducks foul the water.
 
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