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I'M GOING TO GET SOME DUCKS!
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Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mochyn wrote:
There was no arm-twisting involved.


You were very forceful...

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mary-Jane wrote:
You were very forceful...


Yes. People who don't know her believe that she is Mild-Mannered Mochyn. We know the truth...

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

judith wrote:
Mary-Jane wrote:
You were very forceful...


Yes. People who don't know her believe that she is Mild-Mannered Mochyn. We know the truth...


It was scary

So, back to ducks. What do you suggest Judith?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Eggs or meat?

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You're a rotten lot.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

judith wrote:
Eggs or meat?


I was thinking eggs to begin with. Just three...ducks, not eggs. Not too prolific layers though.

judith



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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Then whatever you like the look of tbh if you don't need vast amounts of eggs. I stuck with muscovies, so never really investigated the prettier ducks.

Colin & Jan



Joined: 03 Mar 2006
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Location: Dover, Kent
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

For a 'pond' you may wish to consider using the bottom 1/3 of an IBC. It can be dug into the ground or steps made if above ground. They have a valve on the bottom to open and let the sludge out. I've got one under a leaking gutter, which keeps it topped up and periodically I open the valve and sluice the grot out.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mary-Jane wrote:
judith wrote:
Mary-Jane wrote:
You were very forceful...


Yes. People who don't know her believe that she is Mild-Mannered Mochyn. We know the truth...


It was scary


Indeed. I never had her pegged as a bully.

Ducks, how nice.

darkbrowneggs



Joined: 14 Jul 2010
Posts: 663
Location: Worcestershire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How exciting and good luck with them

Whatever breed you decide you will love them (and spend far too much time watching their antics)

Can't resist posting a photo of my young "garden ducks" on slug patrol



Sue
P. S. - What is an IBC?

Colin & Jan wrote:
For a 'pond' you may wish to consider using the bottom 1/3 of an IBC. It can be dug into the ground or steps made if above ground. They have a valve on the bottom to open and let the sludge out. I've got one under a leaking gutter, which keeps it topped up and periodically I open the valve and sluice the grot out.


Last edited by darkbrowneggs on Fri Aug 05, 11 11:59 am; edited 1 time in total

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

definitely don't dig a pond unless you are prepared to have a hugely oversized filter and clean it out weekly. Paddling pool or similar that you can tip up to empty would be best as the are mucky buggers. We have Calls. They don't lay huge amounts of eggs, but I like them as it's entertaining to watch them waddle around the garden trying to catch flys. Chez thinks they have funny shaped heads.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Excellent news. We have Muscovies for meat and Runners for eggs. For ponds we have a selection of old baby baths and an old paddling pool. The ducks used to get in the water trough which was OK when it was full but they couldn't get out when the water level dropped so that has now been covered.

Colin & Jan



Joined: 03 Mar 2006
Posts: 203
Location: Dover, Kent
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sue
P. S. - What is an IBC?

International Bulk Container. The plastic 1000 ltr, 1m x 1m x 1m containers which come in black, opaque, clear colours.

Colin

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Have fun,ducks are lovely.

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
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Location: wessex
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 11 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Lucky you - I'd love to have some ducks

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