Ducks! We tried to have ducks before but when the massacre hit,read about that here, they were too expensive to get again right away. Thankfully we had friends a few months later who were switching duck breeds and needed to re-home their Muscovy full grown ducks. Four females and one papa male were going to be coming to live with us.
Now when dealing with Muscovy ducks remember that they can fly! So before we loaded them up from our friends farm, I was taught how to clip their wings so they wouldn’t fly away the second they got released from the crate. While the ducks were in the van the Littles and I fashioned together a temporary home from dog fencing.
Nailed together a chunk of 2×4 with three pieces that were cut out of the chicken coop wall when we originally made windows.
It wasn’t super sturdy but we added a brick on top and it seemed like it wasn’t going anywhere.
Also know that full grown ducks need time to imprint on their new house and of course you, the poop picker upper and feed dispenser. Chickens can get put on the roost at night, be released the next day and come home that night no questions asked. Ducks on the other hand need two weeks. That’s right TWO WEEKS! This was the longest two weeks ever.
This is where they lived for two weeks until the perfect day and time that I would open the door and they would spread their wings and run around so happy to be free from their pen. Or so I imagined….
Instead that moment was a complete let down! It took almost five minutes for these ducks to even consider leaving their pen. I guess the imprinting worked haha Eventually they did leave and learned that they had a whole seven acres to roam.
Over all I am very happy that we followed instructions and kept them locked up to complete the imprinting process, but don’t expect a huge wonderful joyful migration once released. Currently the ducks still always come home, sleep in the same place and are not super big fans of the kiddie pool pond we set up for them.
Have you ever gotten an animal and had to imprint on it?
PS I always think of the Twilight Saga when I hear the word imprinting. What do you think of?