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My Pekin duck #402431 06/17/10 02:13 AM
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I just wanted to share my thrill in watching one of my female Pekins setting her nest. I have 11 ducks right now. A vixen got to them and regularaly killed some off, but if this nest and the others that are being built succeed, I'll have a good flock again. We call her Lily. She has come up to the horse barn and laid her eggs behind some hay bales. Now we've had to protect her and keep those bales safely built around her. She has a tunnel to get into her nest. I pray nothing gets to her. It's all just keeping our fingers crossed. She is setting with purpose and commitment now. I have two other nests in the making, so we'll see if the other females come up and set.


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Re: My Pekin duck [Re: JeanneM] #402434 06/17/10 02:38 AM
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if you say a vixen got to them...they will be back as they remember where food can be easily obtained isnt there someway you can better protect the nest??? I get a kick out of the tunnel..too cute..good luck

Re: My Pekin duck [Re: illusive Fantasy] #402437 06/17/10 05:53 AM
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KK,

I didn't know you had ducks! What fun...when we lived in Oklahoma near a pond I bought ducks for the pond. They used to come up to my door twice a day for treats....I will post photos when I run find them.

Good luck with your nest.

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Re: My Pekin duck [Re: cyberbud] #402454 06/17/10 06:48 PM
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I'd love to see the photos. I've taken so many pictures over the years, I can't keep them apart.

The fox does not come into the barn and attack the nests. She probably has a litter somewhere and she's really hungry. She will eat one duck a day and she strikes daytime, not night. So since she's so very sneaky, she will lie in quiet while the ducks are snoozing around the lake and will pick one off. This is how I know it's a fox and not a wild dog or coon or something. The raccoons and possum will come into the barn and steal the eggs. So they are the real threat to the nests. They will also cause a crazy kill zone if they trap her. So some if the best protected nests will actually become a trap. I can close her up tight at night most nights, but sometimes during bad storms I have to let the horses in to their stalls and we keep the stall doors open. It's always one thing or another keeping everyone safe. But trying to outfox a fox is really hard to do. *S* I've tried to trap her, but all I caught was a raccoon.


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Re: My Pekin duck [Re: JeanneM] #402957 07/04/10 03:09 AM
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Big news!! Babies! So adorable because when a duckling hatches, it's totally feathered and walking and just so darn cute. We were putting up bales out in the barn with my grandson and my daughters boyfriend. Even my littlest granddaughter was here for a visit when suddenly Steve says, he saw yellow. A tiny little wet head was occasionally visible. Tonight we counted 4 little fluffy things and hopefully more to come. So for Claudia, who is only 3, it was a great 4th of July weekend. We've got nests everywhere, but only 4 are setting. I just pray these survive.


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Congratulations! They are just so darn cute when they're babies......I'll be watching for updates!

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Yes, CONGRATS!!! There's nothing cuter than lil baby ducks.
We'd love to see pics..*hint hint LOL




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Ducklings are the CUTEST!!! (other than budgies of course). When i was driving past a golf club, i saw a whole family, waddling across the road.


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Ok, I put a photo in the non budgie photo gallery. We're going out to the barn right now to see if more hatched.


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Oooh gtg seee! LOL THANK YOOUUUU Jeanne!!!




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