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HELP please re duck!

I have acquired a duck! or rather a drake - all details of how/why will be in my next blog, but at the moment I need info as to what to feed him on please - he's a mallard. This afternoon he had doves grain, a few peanuts and soaked wholemeal bread.

Please tell me what I ought to be feeding him, thanks.

Posted at 16th Aug 2012 - 08:45PM   Posted by Faith   HELP please re duck! Comments: 10

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Cowgirl's Avatar My Irish neighbour has loads of hens, ducks, guineas and peafowl (or peathings as I call them). I've often looked after them when she is away and they all get the same food - chook pellets and vege scraps, but ducks need plenty of water too, to drink and to swish their bills about in. They will seek out slugs, snails, worms and other tit bits to add to their diet. Photo please!!

Posted by: Cowgirl on 16th Aug 2012 at 09:17PM

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CalicoKate's Avatar Oooh lucky you, love ducks. Mostly they will fend a lot for themselves,, grass, leaves, seeds, slugs, snails, worms. Ours got a hen grain, wheat/corn type thing, plus anything from the house, vegs, meat or fish bits, cake crumbs & bread.
Agree with Cowgirl he will need water to splash about in, but a large washing up bowl might do him.
What are you calling him? and yes a picture please!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 16th Aug 2012 at 10:08PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Well lucky duck - I bet he will be well looked after - will you get him and 'friends'?

Posted by: Westerwitch on 16th Aug 2012 at 10:23PM

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Faith's Avatar Thanks for the info - more details and pics tomorrow if poss.

Bill doesnt even know I've got him!!! He's in the conservatory for the night and Bill doesnt even know he's there!!!Laughing I don't think he'll want me to have a duckSad

Posted by: Faith on 16th Aug 2012 at 10:46PM

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CalicoKate's Avatar LaughingLaughingLaughingLaughingLaughing Love it Faith - isn't the quacking giving him away? Laughing

Posted by: CalicoKate on 16th Aug 2012 at 10:57PM

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Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Its my mums birthday today Faith although she has been gone 8 years now, she adored Mallards even named the house that she and Dad built together after them.
I hope Bill lets you keep him look forward to the blog.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 16th Aug 2012 at 11:06PM

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Fennie's Avatar What ducks love more than anything is a warm mash made with barleymeal and warm water. Otherwise I agree with all the above. They are even more omnivorous than chickens. They will also eat small fish, swallowing them whole. In fact I can't really think of anything a duck wouldn't eat. They are friendly animals, like dogs, and wag their tails a lot when they are happy, which they usually are. They are attracted by clicking noises made with your tongue but will also respond to duck noises - not so much 'quwack-quwack', but rather 'ack - ack' made with the throat open. They are also social animals and do best in company. Good luck.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Aug 2012 at 08:07AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Sounds like he'll need some friends FaithVery Happy
I love watching the shenanigans with the Mallards outside the Studio.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Aug 2012 at 09:57AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar How did you acquire him? Won't he fly back home? His presence might disturb your dove community.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 17th Aug 2012 at 11:21AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Quiz Question:

Who in 'Literature' lived in a house called Mallards?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 17th Aug 2012 at 11:25AM

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