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Will ducks stay around the pond and a small shelter above the pond? The pond is 45 meters long, 15 wide and 6 deep. During rainy season the whole field above the pond floods and I grow rice. I think the ducks would do well there, enjoying the snails and millions of fish... The pond still has water during the dry season, but the field is dry. I can supplement their food in the dry season, collect eggs. The pond is big enough for them to avoid predators and in the rainy season the whole thing is underwater except for the shelter. Thank you.
 
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No, they won't. They'll make it their home base and come back there every few hours, but they won't stay there if they feel the need to go off exploring. And they're not like chickens who sometimes split off into small groups. If one decides to go investigate something, they all will.

Bird fences don't need to be elaborate, but my biggest worry would be aerial predators hovering over that open field...
 
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Guerric Kendall wrote:No, they won't. They'll make it their home base and come back there every few hours, but they won't stay there if they feel the need to go off exploring. And they're not like chickens who sometimes split off into small groups. If one decides to go investigate something, they all will.

Bird fences don't need to be elaborate, but my biggest worry would be aerial predators hovering over that open field...



Thank you...There are very big trees around the field with plenty of large birds. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks....
 
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My ducks free range in the summer and while I have plenty of acres, they tend to stay close to the house; maybe maneuvering around an acre of ground.
 
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My ducks free range, with no fences.  They don't wander very far, and seem to stay closer than the chickens.

If you are growing rice, how will you keep them from eating it once the seed forms? I don't grow rice but my understanding was that ducks need to be removed at that point... Seems a fence would be necessary?
 
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Maureen Atsali wrote:My ducks free range, with no fences.  They don't wander very far, and seem to stay closer than the chickens.

If you are growing rice, how will you keep them from eating it once the seed forms? I don't grow rice but my understanding was that ducks need to be removed at that point... Seems a

I saw a video on FB called Azolla duck rice farming that explains it all. They wait until there is enough water and the plants are bigger. I figured I could feed them a bit as the rice grew. It grows so fast.....Can't figure out how to link the video...

I can build a coop easily, but the fence would be massive. Secretly hoping they would free range and protect themselves with the big pond as an escape route. They're so cute...Usually there is too much rice so they could eat quite a bit no problem...plus snails.

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Guerric Kendall wrote:No, they won't. They'll make it their home base and come back there every few hours, but they won't stay there if they feel the need to go off exploring. And they're not like chickens who sometimes split off into small groups. If one decides to go investigate something, they all will.

Bird fences don't need to be elaborate, but my biggest worry would be aerial predators hovering over that open field...



I agree with this, but wanted to add that if there are enough snails and small fish and other delicious things in the pond/rice field for them, they will probably stay there and forage on all that bounty. Only when they start to deplete the easy prey will they begin to wander...
 
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Libbie Hawker wrote:

Guerric Kendall wrote:No, they won't. They'll make it their home base and come back there every few hours, but they won't stay there if they feel the need to go off exploring. And they're not like chickens who sometimes split off into small groups. If one decides to go investigate something, they all will.

Bird fences don't need to be elaborate, but my biggest worry would be aerial predators hovering over that open field...



I agree with this, but wanted to add that if there are enough snails and small fish and other delicious things in the pond/rice field for them, they will probably stay there and forage on all that bounty. Only when they start to deplete the easy prey will they begin to wander...



The danger zone will be after rainy season when the fields are dry, etc...I was guessing they would walk up the farm to the garden and house area, zone 1 and 2 where there are chickens, another pond, etc...
 
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