wild mallard ? ~ wwyd

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  1. harvestgirl

    harvestgirl escape to chimp eden!

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    ducks are driving me nuts.:badidea:

    is it terrible to release wild mallards?

    i'd never release our pekins mind you, am only considering this b.c i was told they'd fly away eventually.

    if they are going to fly, maybe i'd be giving them a head start? lol ~

    wwyd ~ take them, or just wait & see if they fly.
  2. mamabear

    mamabear ~*~smile~*~

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    Where would you take them?
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    harvestgirl escape to chimp eden!

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    there is a huge reservoir here, it's nearby maybe 5 miles from us ~ i see canada geese & ducks there quite often.
  4. Chickapea

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    I'd offer them on freecycle or craigslist first. They are used to you feeding them and caring for them so they are not exactly used to being in the wild and uncared for, despite what they are.

    Just my opinion.
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    I'd follow my local laws. There are probably tons of them regarding it like the roo issue, so look that up and call the rehab people first.
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    but if they fly away on their own ( which iwas told they'd do) , who will feed them?
  7. mamabear

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    Are you sure they're wild? I can't remember how you got them. They may fly away for winter or they may stay. Check this out for more info: Mallard Duck FAQ | spiralbound.net

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    i am ++ they are wild mallards. upon purchase they "warned" me (b/c the kids picked them out) that they would fly away.
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    They probably are wild. I know mcmurray ships wild to minnesota and several other states.

    I'd probably tough it out and hope they fly away or craigslist them.

    eta; if they're nearing maturity, I'd probably help them along by coaxing them to forage. Limit the food dish. otherwise I bet they won't go anywhere.
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    if you bought them as chicks, they're basically tame, is what i am thinking. even if genetically wild. i like Katie's idea - make them work for a livin' for a while. ;) i'm betting they'll fly away when it gets cold. craigslist them in the meantime and chalk it up to lesson learned: ducks are messy and loud? :p
  11. harvestgirl

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    well, due to our dogs they really can't get out & forage...kwim? and they are in w/ the chickens, and they all eat together.

    hrm. the messiness has gotten better since i keep the coop dry @ night. they are spoiled.. i fill their pool at least 2x a day lol :rolleyes:

    i hope they fly away... but they are in a corner of the yard, they don't really have a clear view of where to fly kwim? oh well, we'll see what happens.

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