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by abitquackers
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Mushy Pellets
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Mushy Pellets

Thank you both! In the future, they will have more space to forage, but currently our garden is an overgrown 3 acre plot full of brambles with no fence. We've put together a safe enclosure, so I imagine they'll need pellet food. It's a relief to hear yours mush it up too! Ours are so nervous at the ...
by abitquackers
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Mushy Pellets
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Mushy Pellets

Hello all, We're feeding our ducks on Fenland's Waterfowl Pellets. I put the bowls beside the deep tray of water, as recommended so they can drink during eating, but the pellets are getting wet as the ducks eat and becoming mushy. I had read that mushy food isn't a good idea as it can clog nostrils ...
by abitquackers
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks

Brilliant, thank you! That's exactly the advice I needed!
by abitquackers
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks

Thanks, Zo. Is there a good way to encourage the time off laying? I've been reading up on peritonitis, but although there's lots of good info on the condition itself I'm struggling to find a way to discourage laying for a period. (Don't worry, they'll ultimately be loved pets, so even if none ever p...
by abitquackers
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks

Thank you, Zo, that's really helpful! Especially about concrete, I didn't know that but we'll definitely avoid it now. Don't worry, we've got the tippable pond ready! I was going to siphon it off outside the pen to try and avoid more mud where possible. The enclosure is carefully roofed to avoid rai...
by abitquackers
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Hello

Haha, thanks Margaid! I can do the rolled 'r' in most words and the 'ch', but some longer words are so tricky for my stiff upper lip! It's a beautiful language, we love it. He was doing brilliantly and was one of the more confident speakers in class, but I'm just a tad nervous trying to help him out...
by abitquackers
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Hello

Hello Marigold! I'll definitely upload some pictures. It looks pretty wild right now because of being left for so long, plus broken things scattered and buried everywhere (think bricks, whole fences, wellies, you name it!) and tree branches lopped off and left where they fell, but we'd love to show ...
by abitquackers
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Duckling survival rate? Do duck hens share parenting duty?
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Duckling survival rate? Do duck hens share parenting duty?

That's fascinating about the idea of a creche. I don't know regarding hens and sharing broods, but when I was 12 we use to live by a mill pond. It had some mallards and a pair of swans. One year we found all ducklings bar two gradually killed over a few days. There were two cygnets on the lake at th...
by abitquackers
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Waterfowl Forum
Topic: Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Rat proof feeders, pellet type and Ducks

Hello, we're just setting up for ducks at the moment and I'm getting to grips with which food to get in. They'd all be POL. Lots of places recommend layer pellets, but I'm struggling to find some for waterfowl and I wondered what members here tend to use? I did find one called 'Fancy Feed Fenland's ...
by abitquackers
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Welcome and Forum Rules
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Hello

Hello, I'm in a village in South Wales. My husband and I moved here last year from South London with our son, it was a big change but we're loving it! Our son's school is Welsh speaking, so one difference is we're attempting (not brilliantly) to get to grips with basic Welsh, which is slightly hilar...

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