Laurent Voulzy wrote:I just got 10 ducklings, they're 1 month now. They spend loads of time in this one wet area where I dug a pond for them.
another area is a garden which we haven't planted in yet but has strawberries we transplanted.
what are the effects of ducks on soil ecosystem and surface vegetation:
- do they eat all the earthworms ? that would be bad
- what do their poop do to the soil?
- can they coexist with vegetable garden?
- do their foraging (moving their beak in the earth) destroy mycelium or small fixing roots?
- effect on erosion?
Laurent Voulzy wrote:Thanks Libbie, that was very helpful in understanding their effect.
Could I somehow use them to help de compact soil?
Their palmed feet is what squishes the plants, what if I let areas grow tall does that mitigate the damage?
Regarding the ponds, what's a good liner ? currently they're just bare soil, which is saturated in enough clay to keep the ponds full in these rainy days. I was thinking of adding rocks and water weed at the bottom and zero man made stuff but from what you say the water weed will get eaten away.
I have two ponds, soon to be three and expanding. I guess I should also rotate their ponds uh? and pond sqft/ duck is?
Libbie Hawker wrote:
In my experience, ducks appreciate tall grass for nesting in and they'll forage in it for bugs to eat, so they would be attracted to tall-grass areas. But I can't say whether it would help mitigate duck damage. It might be worth experimenting with! Let us know how it goes for you.