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Sneeking 3 day old ducklings under a broody duck? [Sep. 11th, 2008|11:29 pm]
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Hi ya'll
i have no idea where to post this but i need some help...

my only duck became very broody so i bought some fertile eggs off of ebay....

thing is somthing got all but 2 of the eggs, i have no idea what did it but after that i built a little fort knocts around her which i leave open during the day.

 fearing none would hatch i ordered some ducklings from mc murry to sneak under her (i have done this before with broody chickens) they came tuesday

today was the hatch date but i was giving them till tommorow (the 12th) to hatch because they were tucked under her halfway through day 1.

sadly i took a nap today becuase i have a cold... i woke up after dark to the sound of my duck fussing. another egg was gone and i found it..... it had a duckling in it ready to hatch the yolk sack torn open D:
(i cried)

well tonight was the night to give her the ducklings after dark. but i decided to start with 2 as i could bear to have them all hurt or lost. the cage i built around her is fairly snug so the babies cannot be more than 5 inches away from her.
 for the most part she ignores them, if they get in front of her she like "nibbles" at them, i mean she is not hurting them but her actions to me seem like she does not want them.... and they are sitting next to not under her...and if they hear my voice they try to get out :C

so in the end my questions are:

is her nibbling at them rejection or just confusion, or just because i got her worked up? (she hates me)
have there been cases of ducks adopting other ducklings?
what are the chances of her accepeting these babies as her own?

i did NOT intend to raise these 11 ducks myself, i intended for her to do it!

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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2008|02:19 pm]
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I got another duck last night. The owners couldn't keep her because she was too loud and then asked me about Banti Call ducks. Lol, Bantie Call Ducks are the loudest of ducks and Indian runners are in the middle. She's 9 months and lays eggs every day, including today.

I need to name her. I have gotten Sacagawia because she's an Indian Runner but I really can't spelll that or pernounce it. Also, Stormy because she's a rescue duck, but all my ducks are rescue ducks. Batman, but she's a girl. So here's some pictures of her and you guys should give me some ideas.
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Homosexual Duck Necrophilia [Jun. 18th, 2006|05:51 pm]
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Necrophilia among ducks ruffles research feathers

Donald MacLeod
Tuesday March 8, 2005

The strange case of the homosexual necrophiliac duck pushed out the boundaries of knowledge in a rather improbable way when it was recorded by Dutch researcher Kees Moeliker.

It may have ruffled a few feathers, but it earned him the coveted Ig Nobel prize for biology awarded for improbable research, and next week he will be recounting his findings to UK audiences on the Ig Nobel tour.

Ducks behave pretty badly, it seems. It is not so much that up to one in 10 of mallard couples are homosexual - no one would raise an eyebrow in the liberal Netherlands - but they regularly indulge in "attempted rape flights" when they pursue other ducks with a view to forcible mating. "Rape is a normal reproductive strategy in mallards," explains Mr Moeliker.

As he recounts in his seminal paper, The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard anas platyrhynchos, he was in his office in the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam, when he was alerted by a bang to the fact a bird had crashed into the glass facade of the building. "I went downstairs immediately to see if the window was damaged, and saw a drake mallard (anas platyrhynchos) lying motionless on its belly in the sand, two metres outside the facade. The unfortunate duck apparently had hit the building in full flight at a height of about three metres from the ground. Next to the obviously dead duck, another male mallard (in full adult plumage without any visible traces of moult) was present. He forcibly picked into the back, the base of the bill and mostly into the back of the head of the dead mallard for about two minutes, then mounted the corpse and started to copulate, with great force, almost continuously picking the side of the head.

"Rather startled, I watched this scene from close quarters behind the window until 19.10 hours during which time (75 minutes) I made some photographs and the mallard almost continuously copulated his dead congener. He dismounted only twice, stayed near the dead duck and picked the neck and the side of the head before mounting again. The first break (at 18.29 hours) lasted three minutes and the second break (at 18.45 hours) lasted less than a minute. At 19.12 hours, I disturbed this cruel scene. The necrophilic mallard only reluctantly left his 'mate': when I had approached him to about five metres, he did not fly away but simply walked off a few metres, weakly uttering a series of two-note 'raeb-raeb' calls (the 'conversation-call' of Lorentz 1953). I secured the dead duck and left the museum at 19.25 hours. The mallard was still present at the site, calling 'raeb-raeb' and apparently looking for his victim (who, by then, was in the freezer)."

Mr Moeliker suggests the pair were engaged in a rape flight attempt. "When one died the other one just went for it and didn't get any negative feedback - well, didn't get any feedback," he said.

His findings have provoked a lot of interest - especially in Britain for some reason - but no other recorded cases of duck necrophilia. However, Mr Moeliker was informed of an American case involving a squirrel and a dead partner, although in this case it is not known whether the necrophilia observed was homosexual or not as the victim had been run over by a truck shortly before the incident.

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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2006|08:17 pm]
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Housing question [Nov. 2nd, 2005|01:29 pm]
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Do any of you know where I might find "plans" for building a little house for my geese and ducks? We've got a section of yard fenced off for them during the day, but at night we bring them in and they sleep in the mud room. I'm getting sick of cleaning up after them every day and would really love it if I could find some tips on building a safe enclosure for them. I imagine it's much easier to muck out a little bird house than a poopy mud room.

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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2005|06:54 pm]
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I have a goose question. We were told when we got our Toulouse goslings which one was a boy and which one was a girl, and we think they were right. They're about three months old now and the female has a black tip on her beak and the male has a white one.

Has anyone had an experience with geese? Is it typical for their beak tips to change colors? Not that I'm complaining, mind you. It's like natural color coding.

My call ducklings (same age as the geese) are full grown and...how do I say this? Um... quite...cranky? We handled the heck out of them but they still hate us. AND THEY'RE VERY LOUD, as well. Ah well. They're cute as the dickens and my brother-in-law is crazy about them.
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Wow! [Sep. 30th, 2005|08:32 pm]
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I had the ducks in the tub, and went to check on them and saw this: http://photobucket.com/albums/y84/JustRoc/?action=view¤t=09_30_05_2023.jpg and http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/JustRoc/09_30_05_2022.jpg . "Hello, olympic jumper Squall." How he jumped that high from water is beyond me.
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Abandoned Scovies [Sep. 27th, 2005|08:35 pm]
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I was hanging out with a kid from MySpace at UMass Dartmouth, when
one of my friends (Meguin) calls my cell phone. "Justin? I found
two baby ducks in the pond by the Dell (the upper class-men dorms). I
also found a big blue box with bread in it. I think they belonged to
someone." Luckily, I was still on campus, so we met midway, with her
and two pubescent scovies in tow. I waited ouside with them and my
friend Mike, while she got me a gym bag. Then I smuggled them on the
bus home.

So, now I have two young scovies that are bigger than Duke and Nori in
part of an iguana cage downstairs. One has some feathers on his baby
wings, but no primaries yet. I'm not sure what to do with them. I
wanted a baby scovy, but I wanted an imprinted one and not two (unless
it was a male, then I'd need one).

They're really friendly. Megan said they walked right up to her and
let her pick them up. They're really cute too. I'll post pictures in a
little bit. Right now, the plan's to take care of them until they have
most of their feathers, and then see if the security guards at the
Tilitson Complex want them. There's an artificial pond over there with
mallards and 3 scovies. They're sad, because the scovies are getting
old and dying, and the babies never survive because of cats. They
built duck houses for the scovies and feed them. I know they'd be
happy with new muscovies, but I don't know if it would be what's best
for them. There's always the risk that they won't survive the transition.

I was thinking I could put up fliers at petshops and the local feed
store, but I'm afraid whoever buys them would eat them.

Geeze! They're noisier than my calls were. They have such beautiful
blue eyes.
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Duke and Nori hurt [Sep. 9th, 2005|10:14 pm]
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Duke and Nori have been seriously hurt. Details have been posted in my livejournal.
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