It's the Guns, Stupid

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Why does Donald Duck wear a towel when he comes out of the shower, when he doesn't usually wear any pants?
Could this be Boo...a low IQ duck famer/hunter.....WARNING....th is could be distressing for animal lovers...Hunters are right!
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Hunters don't do that.
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The following information provides some tips about how to deter ducks and other birds from pools:

•Change the landscape to make it less attractive to the birds


Geese and ducks are attracted to areas with open water and large expanses of grass, such as golf courses, parks, and large lawns. Eliminate or break-up some of the large expanses of lawn by planting shrubs and other visual barriers.

Water birds generally don't like tall grass, because they can't see predators well. Letting vegetation grow taller and keeping native vegetation along pool edges can assist. Consider alternatives to short turf grasses and try planting trees and shrubs in the flight path between the pond, pool and lawns.

•Keep swimming pools covered (when not in use) to discourage geese and ducks from landing in them.

•Install barriers. Waterfowl prefer to land on water and walk onto adjacent grassy areas to feed and rest. The most effective tools for controlling waterfowl movement are fences, hedgerows, and other physical barriers.

•Consider fencing the pool/yard.

•Avoid feeding geese and ducks and try to remove any food scraps that may attract the birds. Many types of ducks and geese are grazers and eat short grass (allow grass to grow longer so it is unpalatable to the birds) and reducing the area of grass lawns around the swimming pool or putting up barriers that prohibit movement between swimming pools and grass lawns, such as fences and hedges, might also help.

•Remove plants that produce edible nuts, fruits, and berries. Remove any bird feeders that may be in the area.

•Trim or remove trees and shrubs to limit branches hanging around or over the pool that can be used by roosting birds.

•Scarecrows with movable parts, fake plastic snakes and even plastic or ceramic dogs will often keep waterfowl away. These work best if moved around the yard every few days so that they are not always in the same place.

•Waterfowl prefer nesting on islands, peninsulas, and undisturbed grounds. When landscaping, avoid creating small islands or peninsulas; where these features already exist, consider changes to make them unavailable to waterfowl.

•Having a real and socialised dog present may also discourage ducks and geese from using the area
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There's no denying that baby ducklings are irresistible for the first 2 weeks. They quickly lose their "cute and fuzzy look" as they prepare to get their first feathers. For the next 4 weeks they eat, poop, cheep and sleep. The mess, the work, the noise and the smell can be overwhelming to most people. Ducklings outgrow their cage or box at about 2-3 weeks of age and their care becomes increasingly difficult for the inexperienced exotic pet owner. This is when most are taken to shelters or dumped into local waterways.
A duckling for Easter? By summer you will have a full grown duck
Ducks require a commitment for many years. They can live 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. Once a duck "imprints" on humans, releasing them into the wild, for example a local pond, waterway, golf course... is a death sentence.
A duck is not a novelty or a toy you can set aside when you're done playing with it
Ducks sold in pet stores, domestic ducks, are not physically or instinctively equipped to live in the wild. Domestic ducks have been bred in captivity on farms for hundreds of years. Because they are bred mostly as a food source, they have unusually heavy bodies, weak legs and when introduced to any human environment they become prone to injury.
Unlike their wild duck cousins most breeds of domestic ducks are flightless and cannot fly to escape danger. They cannot migrate when naturally existing food sources seasonally disappear. They don't have the natural instincts required to live on wild food sources and will endanger themselves, crossing busy streets to find humans who will give them food. And the ones that survive will probably find a human to feed them, creating another problem.
Well-meaning human interference, especially feeding creates multiple problems for the domestic "dumped" ducks and wild ducks alike. Most people simply do not understand the implications of feeding wildlife. Too often they feed ducks bread and crackers causing severe malnutrition and other health problems. "People food" can shorten a duck's lifespan by more than 90%! Food that humans leave for ducks that doesn't get eaten also attracts animals and insects that carry contagious disease. The health risks are enormous for the ducks and for the people who are feeding them, especially children.
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Ducks as Pets
Pet ducks will entertain you with their antics and eat pesky slugs and snails. A female will produce abundant eggs.

To look after ducklings all you need is a large cardboard box, some shavings or straw, a heat lamp, a feeder and a waterer. As they grow, they will need more space and less heat. Keep an eye on the birds; if they stay away from the heat, turn it off, if they get their pen messy quickly, they need more bedding and more space. By 5 or 6 weeks they can probably be outside all the time in good weather.

Ducks need a deep enough water bowl so they can dip their heads in water 2 or 3 times a day. They need to wash their eyes otherwise they can get dry eyes and cataracts.

A single pet duck can make a great pet but you should make sure you have enough time to devote to your duck. Make sure you get your duck very young or incubate the egg yourself and be the first thing he or she sees when it hatches. You will need to spend a lot of time bonding with your duck so that you and your family become the duck's flock. So you’ll need to devote yourself to playing and just being with your duck everyday, on top of the usual cleaning and feeding duties.

Ducks are social animals and will suffer if they don't have companionship. So if you can't make this commitment for the full 12 or so years a duck can live, you should get two or more ducks
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If they've been raised alone, they tend to think that they are part of whatever flock they're around. Sometimes they'll believe that they're human, a chicken or even a dog. They're just plain quackers!

Duck Facts

A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings.
Ducks are related to geese and swans. The duck is the smallest of them all and have shorter necks and wings and a stout body.
Ducks can live from 2-12 years, depending on the species.Ducks have webbed feet, which act like paddles. A duck waddles instead of walking because of its webbed feet.
Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.
Ducks provide us with eggs, meat and feathers.
Ducks' feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.
Ducks keep clean by preening themselves with their beaks, which they do often. They also line their nests with feathers plucked from their chest.
Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese many hundreds of years ago.

Breeds

Most farm ducks are of a species called "Pekin". It is harder to tell a male from a female with the Pekin ducks because they look almost the same. Pekin ducks have white or cream coloured feathers and orange coloured bills. They do not fly and do well in captivity. They are also excellent for egg and meat production.

Ducks as Pets

Pet ducks will entertain you with their antics and eat pesky slugs and snails. A female will produce abundant eggs.

To look after ducklings all you need is a large cardboard box, some shavings or straw, a heat lamp, a feeder and a waterer. As they grow, they will need more space and less heat. Keep an eye on the birds; if they stay away from the heat, turn it off, if they get their pen messy quickly, they need more bedding and more space. By 5 or 6 weeks they can probably be outside all the time in good weather.

Ducks need a deep enough water bowl so they can dip their heads in water 2 or 3 times a day. They need to wash their eyes otherwise they can get dry eyes and cataracts.

A single pet duck can make a great pet but you should make sure you have enough time to devote to your duck. Make sure you get your duck very young or incubate the egg yourself and be the first thing he or she sees when it hatches. You will need to spend a lot of time bonding with your duck so that you and your family become the duck's flock. So you'll need to devote yourself to playing and just being with your duck everyday, on top of the usual cleaning and feeding duties.

Ducks are social animals and will suffer if they don't have companionship. So if you can't make this commitment for the full 12 or so years a duck can live, you should get two or more ducks.

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Such cruelty! And guess what ... not a gun anywhere!!:)
Bit of a shame, I could use one about now.:)
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TO HAVE DUCKS IN YOUR POND OR NOT!

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1. Wood ducks and Mandarins are the most beautiful of all of the smaller ducks.
2. Ducks diet includes plants and string algae - they can clean the worst kind of algae from a pond. While I would not choose to introduce ducks into a pond for this reason alone, string algae would be a major factor in the decision.

3. Ducks can become wonderful pets and are fun to watch. As shown above, our ducks use their diving board throughout the day.

4. They make a wonderful wildlife addition to a backyard nature conservatory. People are amazed to see "wild ducks" in a city backyard environment.

5. Wood ducks and Mandarins seem to develop personalities and traits of the own, which increases the enjoyment of your pond and back yard.

6. Ducks love to eat slugs, bugs, and even pull weeds - I have yet to find a desirable plant of ours that they eat!

7. Wood Ducks and Mandarins are very quiet, making very muted sounds which neighbors never hear.
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1. Ducks, like any animal do create waste products that will land on your pond sides and in the water - Roughly equivalent to several large koi. Easily hosed off.
2. Ducks eat plants and can go through quite a few water hyacinths and water lilies in a season. Don't expect to keep ducks and beautiful water lilies together.

3. Ducks will eat or kill small koi (fish 4-5 inches in length would be in danger).

4. Ducks could become easy prey to cats, hunting dogs, hawks and eagles. The same protection recommended for your pond (a locked 6 ft fence) will also protect your ducks against the dogs and human predators.

5. Ducks may require winter protection in extreme northern climates. They need a source of water year round.

6. Wood ducks may require a federal or state permit to own or ship across state lines. The permits are usually easy to acquire and more often than not a formality.

7. Discourage wild ducks from entering your pond and bringing in parasites and disease.
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First of all, please understand that we are talking about tame or captured ducks only. Wild ducks should be discouraged from using your pond due to the possibility of their bringing in parasites and possibly diseases to attack your fish. Your own ducks will be remaining in your own pond and not contributing to it's disease.

One person's story
A year ago my wife remembered seeing a pair of wood ducks at a koi pond during a pond tour. The pair had some baby ducks which she had thought were cute and was wondering if they were practical to have a pair in our pond.

I researched the subject and learned where I could purchase a pair of wood ducks and mandarin ducks. I also discovered that ducks must be pinioned (wings clipped at the joint to prevent flight) to prevent their flight into other yards and for their protection. Please note that while some consider this cruel, if done while chicks, they do not suffer, and they recover nicely. I ordered them for delivery for my wife's birthday present. I couldn't keep it a secret due to the logistics of delivery and preparations. She was excited beyond belief at this unusual birthday gift. They were shipped and delivered with no problems. My wife has been ecstatic ever since and still counts this as possible her best (and certainly the most unique) present ever!

As you can see in the pictures above, our pairs of wood ducks (Winnie and Woody) and our pair of mandarin ducks (Mandy and Max) have adapted well to our back yard pond and wooded area nicely. I built them a diving board to extend out from our small deck and over the pond. It was an immediate success! The ducks were diving off the board that afternoon and use it all day long.

Our 9,000 gallon pond and half acre lot seems adequate for 4 ducks, but I don't think that I would recommend that someone start out with two pair at first. It would probably be best to acquire one pair to make certain that you have the space and a bio-filter system with the extra capacity, the add another pair if desired.

Whenever I talk about ducks, I have talked about pairs because it seemed the only way to have them. It seems that it may be cruel to have a single duck and therefore I have limited our discussion to pairs. I am sure that some will want a single duck and in that event I would recommend a male for their brilliant colors.
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Requirements
While ducks can be raised with small tubs of water, a large pond will allow them to really show off. Our ducks often dive under the water, only to pop up 10 to 15 feet away. If possible, make your pond 3-4 ft deep so they can dive. A small island, dirt or floating platform will provide protection against predators if they are nearby. Even though they can't fly, they will often begin flapping their wings and skim across the water in the appearance of flying low over the pond. They obviously enjoy their "flights" and will do this several times a day for exercise.

Water cleanliness is important, so you must have a way of flushing dirty water and waste from the pond periodically. A drain, overflow, etc. with nearby hose will make the job simple.

Ducks will require cracked corn or scratch (a mix of cracked corn and various grains), plants or vegetables such as water hyacinths, water lilies, lettuce, etc. They will require water near their food, and a place such as a pond to swim. They love to climb onto rocks or boulders, dog houses, or any high object (in the wild, they live in trees).

Cover or a wind break may be necessary during the cold winter months as protection from bitter cold winds. If you live in the north, a dog house or other small shelter may be necessary for protection against cold, bitter, northern winds in the coldest part of the winter
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Origins

The Wood Duck (aix sponsa), AKA Carolina Duck, is native to the east and west coast of North America. The Mandarin Duck (aix galericulata), AKA Chinese Teal, is native to Eastern Asia, including China, Japan, and Formosa. Both types are known as perching ducks due to their habit of climbing and nesting in trees. They are also smaller than most ducks, being approximately 1/2 the weight of mallards. Both breed freely and may lay about 25 to 30 eggs per year.

Either of these two ducks would be a good choice for a backyard pond if you choose to have ducks. They make an excellent choice for several reasons. They're smaller than normal sized ducks, and of course this reduces the cleanup necessary, and unlike other ducks or geese, these animals make very little noise. The sound from these ducks is a quite muted "wok" or "woof", even when within a few feet from you (of course everyone describes their sound differently). Certainly your neighbors will never hear them. The beauty of the males is unsurpassed by any other duck except during their eclipse, which is a brief period of time when the male duck loses his exceptional colors and could almost pass for a female. This period varies for up to two months when he again regains his beautiful plumage.

More information is available in books about raising ducks. The above mentioned ducks are recognized as the most beautiful of the small ducks, and are the best choice for fish ponds. One word of warning, ducks will eat small fish, ie fish smaller that about 4-5 inches
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Ducks
About Ducks
Cute as young little ducklings, ducks can be raised where they will always stay close to their home if you make your yard suit their needs. If you have a pond and get the ducks young enough they will see that pond as their pond and will be reluctant to leave. Be sure that you have the pond as best suited to them as you can. They will be tolerant to people if they are raised among them and can actually be friendly to kids if the kids are kind to them in return.

The Down Side of Having Ducks as Pets
The only down side to this pet is that they will leave feathers through the area and it isn’t always guaranteed that they will always stay. The feathers tend to get everywhere and make sure that you have a means to minimize mites. These are not good for the ducks and can potentially spread to your family. It sounds worse than it is, but they can really spread throughout your yard and house if not kept in check. It is also recommended to have a pump in the pond to cause circulation and to lessen the chance of getting other bad elements in the water (such as bacteria, mosquitoes, and waterbugs). These pests can turn a beautiful pond for the yard and ducks into a major pain.

Duck Food - What to Feed
Ducks can find food within the pond if it is self sufficient. It is more helpful if you fish to the pond as they will assist in the ecological setting of the pond and will help prevent certain pests from dominating the pond.

Other Characteristics of Ducks
If there are green pastures elsewhere they might migrate, so be sure to keep the pond in check and that the ducks have a steady supply. Plus, don’t be upset if you live in the north and you one day find the ducks gone, they will follow the wanderlust in their hearts when they have to migrate. Just remember that the pond is there and they will most likely come back.
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How to Raise a Duck as a Pet

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Ducks are sociable, loyal, attention-loving animals that make great pets. Gardeners love that they'll eat all the bugs in the garden, and children love to play with them. Before you adopt a duck to be your pet, there are important factors to consider such as the size of your yard and the amount of time you can spend with them. Here's how to raise a duck as a pet.


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10 feet of yard space for each duck (minimum)

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Pond or kiddie pool

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Research ducks extensively before purchasing any as pets. As a pet duck owner, you'll be responsible for their health and well being, and should know as much about them as possible. Your research will also help you decide which breed to choose.

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Adopt 2 or more ducklings from a reputable source. Ducks are sociable animals, so you shouldn't adopt only one.

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Feed ducklings with a starter feed containing 20 to 22 percent protein for the first 3 weeks. After that, their feed should have about 16 percent protein. Adult ducks require 16 to 18 percent when laying, 14 to 16 percent when not laying. Keep the feed in a heavy plastic air tight container to avoid contamination.

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Give ducklings a shallow dish of water to drink and play in. Once the ducks get older, a pond or a hard plastic kiddie pool in your yard will be a great place for them to swim in. If you use a kiddie pool, get a filtration system or replace the water daily and construct some kind of ramp that allows the ducks to get in and out. Water is essential for ducks - they need it to wash their food down and clean the vents in their beak.

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Keep baby ducklings in a cage with a covering over the bottom such as pond liner, an old soft towel or blanket. Ducklings should have a heat source in their living space that is out of reach of the ducklings. Place it on one side of the container with the water dish on the opposite side. Ducklings like to sleep under the heat source.

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Construct a shelter for your ducks that will protect them from the elements. It should be large enough for a duck to fully expand and flap its wings. Grown ducks should never be caged. Hay or straw makes good bedding.

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Hold, hug and pet your ducks as they grow. They love the attention. When children and pet ducks are playing together, they should always be under adult supervision.

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First of all, please understand that we are talking about tame or captured ducks only. Wild ducks should be discouraged from using your pond due to the possibility of their bringing in parasites and possibly diseases to attack your fish. Your own ducks will be remaining in your own pond and not contributing to it's disease.
One person's story
A year ago my wife remembered seeing a pair of wood ducks at a koi pond during a pond tour. The pair had some baby ducks which she had thought were cute and was wondering if they were practical to have a pair in our pond.
I researched the subject and learned where I could purchase a pair of wood ducks and mandarin ducks. I also discovered that ducks must be pinioned (wings clipped at the joint to prevent flight) to prevent their flight into other yards and for their protection. Please note that while some consider this cruel, if done while chicks, they do not suffer, and they recover nicely. I ordered them for delivery for my wife's birthday present. I couldn't keep it a secret due to the logistics of delivery and preparations. She was excited beyond belief at this unusual birthday gift. They were shipped and delivered with no problems. My wife has been ecstatic ever since and still counts this as possible her best (and certainly the most unique) present ever!
As you can see in the pictures above, our pairs of wood ducks (Winnie and Woody) and our pair of mandarin ducks (Mandy and Max) have adapted well to our back yard pond and wooded area nicely. I built them a diving board to extend out from our small deck and over the pond. It was an immediate success! The ducks were diving off the board that afternoon and use it all day long.
Our 9,000 gallon pond and half acre lot seems adequate for 4 ducks, but I don't think that I would recommend that someone start out with two pair at first. It would probably be best to acquire one pair to make certain that you have the space and a bio-filter system with the extra capacity, the add another pair if desired.
Whenever I talk about ducks, I have talked about pairs because it seemed the only way to have them. It seems that it may be cruel to have a single duck and therefore I have limited our discussion to pairs. I am sure that some will want a single duck and in that event I would recommend a male for their brilliant colors.
How about you shove your ducks where the sun don't shine sunshine!
You are as interesting as a corpse.
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Normally house pets are cats and dogs but no one can think duck as a pet. Ducks are quit unusual pet than birds, fish, dogs, cats and rodents. Some social ducks are finally found a way of household as a pet. So in this article you will much more about duck if you are a duck owner. Duck is a social animal that needs time to be friendly with humans. I you will be able to spend enough time every day with your duck pet (excluding its feeding and cleaning time) then only your pet will become a part of your family. But the condition for this is you have to spend lots of time with your pet for playing and maintenance. If some duck owner are not able to spend time with them, 2 or 3 ducks are live together is better. In Virginia, buying only one duck is illegal. Normally ducks are live in groups so to have a group of ducks is good for their health because duck may be suffer from the sickness caused by not having companionship. Ducklings are very delicate so they get hurt sometimes by children. Children are not that much aware of fragile body of ducks so it may causes to duck death.

A duck pets are available in various breeds like Khaki Campbell Ducks, Black Swedish Ducks, White Crested Ducks, Emory Penciled Runner Ducks, and Blue Magpie Duck. You can take any category duck at your home. To have a duck as a pet they need some care. Ducks need enough space to live, 10 feet space is sufficient for an adult duck. It is best for them to have sufficient water supply in daylight and a well sheltered closed space is for nights.

Tips for Pet Ducks:
If a pet duckling as not older than 2 to 3 weeks, it is better to keep them inside home. When climate will warm you can keep them outside.

Ducks raised without mother duckling, that baby duck need an artificial source of heat. For that you can put a lamp positioned in one corner of a cage. If you find that duck is under that light, indicate that duck is so cold while if he is away from light that means they need to cool weather.

Make sure that floor for cage is not wetted; it is good to move for the duckling.

Duck need a well shelter cage which will prevent from rain, sun and winter. The inexpensive wood can be good resource to have built duck cage.

In duck food, first 3-4 weeks they need 20-25% proteins. After that 16-18% proteins are sufficient for pet ducks. Game bird grower is also good for ducks. A fresh chopped vegetable are good.

Provide ducks sufficient quantity of water. They use it to wash and clean their food.

Some times mixed duck food with cracked corn. Corn is very good for them in winter to digest.

Duck love surfing in water. Duck will get happy being in water so good to use bird waterier.

In this way you can take good care of you pet duck.

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boo wrote:
If they've been raised alone, they tend to think that they are part of whatever flock they're around. Sometimes they'll believe that they're human, a chicken or even a dog. They're just plain quackers!
Duck Facts
A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings.
Ducks are related to geese and swans. The duck is the smallest of them all and have shorter necks and wings and a stout body.
Ducks can live from 2-12 years, depending on the species.Ducks have webbed feet, which act like paddles. A duck waddles instead of walking because of its webbed feet.
Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.
Ducks provide us with eggs, meat and feathers.
Ducks' feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.
Ducks keep clean by preening themselves with their beaks, which they do often. They also line their nests with feathers plucked from their chest.
Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese many hundreds of years ago.
Breeds
Most farm ducks are of a species called "Pekin". It is harder to tell a male from a female with the Pekin ducks because they look almost the same. Pekin ducks have white or cream coloured feathers and orange coloured bills. They do not fly and do well in captivity. They are also excellent for egg and meat production.
Ducks as Pets
Pet ducks will entertain you with their antics and eat pesky slugs and snails. A female will produce abundant eggs.
To look after ducklings all you need is a large cardboard box, some shavings or straw, a heat lamp, a feeder and a waterer. As they grow, they will need more space and less heat. Keep an eye on the birds; if they stay away from the heat, turn it off, if they get their pen messy quickly, they need more bedding and more space. By 5 or 6 weeks they can probably be outside all the time in good weather.
Ducks need a deep enough water bowl so they can dip their heads in water 2 or 3 times a day. They need to wash their eyes otherwise they can get dry eyes and cataracts.
A single pet duck can make a great pet but you should make sure you have enough time to devote to your duck. Make sure you get your duck very young or incubate the egg yourself and be the first thing he or she sees when it hatches. You will need to spend a lot of time bonding with your duck so that you and your family become the duck's flock. So you'll need to devote yourself to playing and just being with your duck everyday, on top of the usual cleaning and feeding duties.
Ducks are social animals and will suffer if they don't have companionship. So if you can't make this commitment for the full 12 or so years a duck can live, you should get two or more ducks.
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Want A Pet Duck?

So you’d like a pet duck?

Spring time brings thoughts of flowers and sunshine and little Easter bunnies, chicks and ducks. But before you make a hasty decision based on fluffy cuteness, let me share a few facts about ducks.

1. Ducks reach full size in about 5 weeks. They are cute and fluffy for 2 weeks and then they grow up. Ducks can live 10-20+ years, depending on the breed.

2. Ducks poop everywhere. You cannot train them.

3. You cannot raise a duck and “release it to the wild.” Mallards are wild ducks. Most other ducks were domesticated by humans. That means they no longer have wild instincts, can’t migrate and are usually too fat to fly. It is illegal to own wild ducks without a permit and illegal to release domestic ducks on public land. In some areas it is considered abandonment and can result in cruelty charges. It’s also a death sentence, as ducks raised by humans can’t fend for themselves in the wild. Did you know bread is bad for ducks? It lacks the basic nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

4. Qualified avian veterinarians to treat your special pet are few and far between. You can find a vet who treats parakeets, but not one who will treat your duck. If you do find one, expect to spend about $120 for a basic duck check-up.

5. There is a reason for the saying “sitting duck.” Ducks need predator-proof pens with hardware cloth on all sides, top and bottom. They must be in these secure pens from dusk to sunrise in some areas, and at all times in other areas. Good pens that you build yourself start at around $300. Your home is not an exception because you haven’t seen a predator or you live on a pond. Raccoons reach through chicken-wire and climb over chain link with ease. Eagles and hawks don’t need to carry off your duck, they just grab a piece.

6. You won’t be able to take a vacation for the next 10-20+ years because there is no such thing as a duck sitter. You will realize this too late, when your vacation is already planned. Ducks require complicated care. Note: None of your friends or family wants to watch your duck while you are on vacation. They asked me to tell you that.

7. Ducks are more maintenance than the space shuttle. Bob Tarte wrote that line in his book,“Enslaved by Ducks.” Believe him. Don’t get a duck. Just read his book instead.

8. Ducks are extremely emotional. More emotional than cats or dogs. If you raise one duck and that duck depends on you, you cannot leave that duck alone for even one day without that duck missing you and getting upset/depressed/scared when you are gone. Don’t do that to a duck. Ducks need duck friends.

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