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SALES  INFO,    THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DUCKLINGS,    AND OUR PRICES

(on the pickup day, please bring some 10,  and 20 buck banknotes, for easy change !!!).

The best to buy is: to visit here, in first 7 days after every hatch. 

(and sometimes a few extra hatches, so: to email often as you need, is a good idea, as well).

All ducklings we sell are sold unsexed (not sexed)  but -  we do our best to assume the gender,

although normally as is -  it's hard to know untill ducklings are 6 months old at least, when boys
will have noticeable feather curlings UP at the end of the tails, while with girls - it with be: flat...

Here are the photos (or videos)  of our Ducklings. We are a network of hobby breeders and enthusiasts,

and: this is what you can find with us, if visiting here in 3-to-7 days after every hatch:

Campbell ducklings are good friends with kids, other pets, and anyone else around (eg. wildlife & birds)

and Campbells are bit smaller than Pekin, or large duck species found at  the backyards / properties.

With a proper (enough) care, ducklings should not be noisy, and if they are healthy, should be quiet, so

normally: without you even knowing that any pets are around.

We mostly have for sale: Campbell (khaki brown & black) , rarely Pekin (white), or Aylesbury (white)
and sometimes other [very interesting] ducky / bird / other / animal stuff as well.
 
Duck l i n g s prices, (few days olds) that we sell all-year-round,  (about $15, each at the moment, but varies), 

("about" means, our prices are changing, up or down, depending on the month and many other factors).

(we never sell one alone, it's noted, that  ducklings often die, if  kept alone,  in most situations, so we sell: 

2 or more only...). Ducklings (Ducks) are social animals, and will suffer a great deal if kept alone, and be more fragile, therefore - your chances to raise one alone, and have it healthy are equal comparably to those of winning the lottery.

To properly setup Feeder, and Drinker  - never put them too close, distance them, at least 2 to 3 meters, or more,

or you'll have a permanent smelly mess, that is not easy to clean !). (if kept far away, your normal usual garden

hose, + occasional rains, will do the job). You can also change the positions of feeder and drinker often,
while at any time - distance between them is at least few meters or more (the more, the better, up to 10m).

That way, you will have much easier maintenance of garden / backyard, and avoid forming of stinky mess-spots.

So, if you do that way -  your backyard will not stink - ever, + with some rains, you will not have to water often.
*NOTE: if you feed any MILLED seeds ("mesh") of any kind: the yard WILL stink, so stay just with Poltry Mix, that
never stinks, and for all poultry is the best anyways, at the same time. IF you feed any bird MILLED (mesh) = STINK !
Also: it's not good for the birds, as *naturally - birds need SEEDS, and are SEED EATERS, basically, plus addditions..
Ducklings = poultry mix ("free range") = keep the feeder and drinker away = lovely backyard that NEVER stinks, and
healthy (properly fed) birds...
Therefore, if any choice between chickens and ducklings has to be made, the anwer is always - Ducklings stay !
Did you know that duck eggs are 50 % healthier than chicken eggs ? So, why not switch completely to ducklings,
by simply buying just few more ducklings to make up the numbers of eggs needed in your family normal diet,
so simply - replace number of chickens with: ducklings. (have 50% healthier eggs, and get a rid of chicken's stink !).
 
WHAT IS BETTER TO EAT ?  DUCKS / CHICKENS ?
Well, there is not much meat to eat from a Duck, unless is Pekin (or so) and made Peking way (or so), they are much more dry regardless body composition, so the Chickens (till further notice) remain the best meal, if any choice is to be made between these two. However, if properly prepared, ducky's can be just as yummy ...

We sell DuckLINGS means: we SELL - duck babies only, few day old -  to few weeks old,

and - this age difference means - nothing, since: ducks live about 20 to 25 years average...).

(so: it doesn't matter, if you get: few days, or few week old ducklings, it makes no difference, on a long run).

So: email us: contact email for any enquiries, according to the above, for any ducklings or birds needs.

*We can also help you to get many other birds, via our friends services  (so - simply ask by email).

UNTILL YOUR Ducklings GET 6 WEEKS OLD - NOT TOO MUCH RAIN !

When less than 6 weeks old: keep them away from too much rain, or Ducklings may die if their skin gets  
directly too wet, and you're not there to quickly dry them with the towel, or cleanex paper, or hair dryer, etc.
(After they fall into Hypothermia this way, and will have the mobility blocked, live for 1 hour more and: die if the
wet and coldness continues to take them away, and - you are not there to save them from cold-wet-death).
If you ARE there, however, and you have spotted this happening to ducklings, you must act QUICKLY:
 
Collect them into the house, in some plastic bucket or box, with the dry shower towel or cloth at the bottom
and dry them by a hair-dryer on [SLOW speed] and  [MID warm] setting. Not hot warm, or you will fry them !
Alternatively - put ducklings in the warm Brooder, if you have prepared one for such situations ahead,
as it's best to have one like that in the shed (garage) [eg. why that not be a larger plastic bin with the lid
(with few holes)  at the top with a shower towel or some thicker dry cloth or cardboard at the botoom ?]
So: if they are not too wet - you just put them there untill they dry and walking ability returns to them, after
an hour of being inside. IF they are too wet or in hypothermia already - put some heater at the bin top, and
remove the lid, untill they are dry and walking again, than just remove the heating element, and job done.
Got it ? you have to think ahead all the time - or you will loose them before you know. Had any kids before ?
The same... Duck babies are little kids and your are their only protection - whether you liked it or not: they
ARE your family. (you may loose some, get new ones, raise some, get some being very popular, and so on).

After ducklings are dry, plus maybe a 30 min of sleep first (after drying) - let them outside again, for run !

happy sleep, after drying with a hair dryer...

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TIME TO WATCH OVER DUCKLINGS FOR THE RAIN

(For the following solution to work, ducklings need to be older than 4 weeks - ideally  6 weeks or more):

It's good to have some DRY corner in the backyard (or pen) THAT NEVER RAINS, in which case: they will go

there on their own, if it rains too much (yes: they KNOW when to), and will NOT require your attention,

in that case, you can sleep calmly, knowing that: a warm corner is there for them, somewhere in the backyard).
(sometimes you need to gently point them in to that safe warm corner, but only in the start, untill they learn it).
(you need to check this, because ducklings will often gather for sleep in the exposed rainy corner of pen/backyard !)

(this dry corner can be provided by you artificially, or already exist (eg. under your barbeque, if larger, or

corner of your fence with a few tree branches over it, or just cover such corner with some plastic lid, so it can't rain,
or - this simply can be a dry corner of your pen, which is still ok).

AFTER YOUR Ducklings are 6 weeks old: you can leave them on the rain, they love the water, and enjoy rains.

(however, common sense, if you think they need help any day, do it, collect them untill the rain storm passes !).

HEATING  YOUR  DUCKLINGS / CHICKENS / BIRDS

Any time you (from any reasons) think it is good to heat them, and is recommended in general until they 

are 6 weeks old, and get a decent plumage. From our experience, we heat them only if the temperature gets lower than 8 celsius, and not a sigle one ever died using that system, over the past years, and all of them lived for up to 25 years (which is some normal duck lifespan to expect, anyways). This is more of the critical issue overnight, when temperatures can get lower, even in the summer, so it's good to have some heating ready, in a larger box, or any  predator-safe space outside, until the morning comes, when they should be released again, out for a healthy daily run.

At the summer nights, it just enough to put them into box in the garage, and cover up to 80% of the top
with lid, or with something else, so - no need for heating even if it's lower than 8 celsius, if it's not winter.
 
*** Do NOT use any "temperature" bulbs, or any light bulbs, to heat Ducklings, EVER, it's not good for them !
 
Rather get the Fish Tank Heater  (these days online are about $25 to $50),
 
and simply set their inbuilt termostat to about 30 deg.c
and immerse it into a bottle ( jar ) of water, and put all into your designated Ducklings bin, where you keep
them overnight, or - a cold day.
This way - Fish Tank Heater will turn on only 2 or 3 times per night) and if lid is covering the bin up about 80%, as said - all will be ok, and temperature inside will be even, and you will have the economy covered,
as well, regardless your energy bill, it will be very affordable, to heat them this way, whenever you think 
they may need heating. (and is very healthy for them, each time, instead of blinding them with bulbs, and
spending lot more electricity that way). Look online for fish tank heaters 30 to 50cm long, with inbuilt
thermostat, from 300W to 1000w are the best Fish Tank Heaters for this purpose,
300 w Fish Tank Heater "Thermal" (as the example, we use these, as well)
1 Remove any fittings from the heater (such as those fitted on them to stick them inside of aquarium),
2 Just immerse heather into a straight standing) bottle (or jar with lid, as on the photo), filled with 90% 
water,
if  say, a jar with lid is used (as on this photo) - on the lid - make a hole, fill jar with water, and insert the heater, and than -  just grab the jar now, with your fish tank heater inside, and put it into the ducklings bin. 
Now -  plug / turn heater on, set it to 30 deg.c, and cover the bin top with ducklings inside up to 80% at the top, with something (you can cover with: bin original lid, or some cardboard, etc). Done.
*** you will need to clean the bin occasionally, and the jar, and change the water in the jar, every few weeks / months if it gets too low, or muddy. Use your already present dishwasher liquid detergent, (it's best, and it's already in the house), to wash the walls of the jar inside, and the heater as well.
 
... all set, for the cold night (or a cold day) in the shed ... just add: ducklings, and not too much seeds
at the bin bottom, so it doesn't get too messy, so they eat it all each time. One palm of seeds is enough
for one night (12 hrs) if you have up to 10 ducklings inside ... the Mini Drinker can be also inside, filled
with water (available also online, or at your local pet shops), if they are to be inside more than 6 hrs.
**So, please, do NOT heat Ducklings (chickens) with any bulbs, ever, and remember, heating is only
if it's less than 8 deg.c and ducklings are less than 6 weeks old, otherwise - it's not needed, just let
them in the backyard (pen, etc).
 
ALSO, FOR YOUR OWN SAKE:
* Those that will live - wiill live, no matter do you heat them, or not.
* Those that will die to you - will die, no matter how much you care, or heat them, it's the nature,
simply: buy few more, to make up for those that die, and never go emotional about that,
you can't change this - no matter how much care you offer. (remember this well, kids, adults,
and adults that are "kids alike", or worse).
 
TO PROPERLY DISPOSE DEAD (DECEASED) DUCKLINGS
To dispose dead ducklings, and give them due respect, please throw them in the creek / river, etc - that's
where they belong, dead or alive, it's the good way to do away, with your ducklings, that deceased,
dead, or alive - ducklings / ducks belong to the: WATER.
Do not burry them in the ground, or dispose into bins, since this will spread HUGE infections, afterwards.
 
CAGING / FEEDING THE DUCKLINGS OVER THE NIGHT / MICES / PREDATORS ?
If your neighbourhood has the mices around, and you leave Ducklings in the backyard over the night:
you will need a MICE-SAFE Pen (which is not same as BIRD-SAFE pen). The bird-safe pen can have
the squares larger than 12 mm, while for the mice-safe pen you will need a mesh with 12 mm max size
squares. (if your squares of the pen mesh are larger than 12mm, your Ducklings are not mice-safe).
(also: if each of the squares is not closed, and closed PROPERLY eg. C-clips - they are not safe either...)
This is for LARGER mouse and RATS, that ARE able to eat or hurt Ducklings, and there is also a 7mm
mesh, if the smaller mice is a big problem to them (usually - is not, in most of the backyards / suburbs).
Also: do not feed Ducklings over the night, at first sign of the dark - gently show them the way into the
pen, than close the door on it. They should SLEEP over the night, and not getting the habit of wandering
around in the night, eating around, and being noisy. They NEED to sleep over the night the described way,
just like we do, and are not different from us, regardlesss that matter. This way ducklings will also eat
better over the day, and be much healthier. Remove all feed (seeds) at first sign of the dark from backyard,
and all other food leftovers that may be there, to discourage mices coming, and other nocturnals around.
At first sign of the dark, Ducklings will look around for what to do, can get attacked by mice if you're not
there to collect them into bin, or cardboard box (and take them into garage/shed) or send them to mice-safe
outside pen, as described. (they just need a bit of water over the night, you can simply spill on the soil).
Use some car-cover material to cover the entire pen over the night, if you don't have dry corner for it,
but: put 1 brick under each end of the pen, so in this case they can't touch the WET GROUND if it rains
till the morning.
The mices are also problem AT TIMES only, as you will notice: they tend to "come and go" for the periods.
 

DRIVING DUCKLINGS, AND INTIAL CARE:

(* make shure you have a cardboard box, or some pet equipment where the Ducklings
can breathe properly. (*do NOT close cardboard box completely, leave one leaf open a bit,

so: ducklings can have some fresh air coming in, while you drive them to the destination).

Do NOT drive them into the car trunks, with no air, but, if must - use your car back seat mat,

it's also ok. (they will NOT jump onto the seats, but: settle gently on the floor mat, and be ok).

(When at destination, put them out, for 3 hours, or up to 3 days, in some cases, so they

can de-stress from the new change, first, and adopt to your backyard, and start to eat later).

(if they don't eat or drink for the first few days, it's ok: LET THEM BE, they are de-stressing).

(start with small pieces of bread, immersed in the water, in the small box, in the backyard).

(you can also offer some thin cutt Lettuce pieces, or polenta wheat or just immediately:

move to our recommended foods under our section: FEEDING DUCKLINGS, on this page).
 
DUCKLINGS LOOK AT YOUR BACKYARD AS "HOME" AND NOT INSIDE OF THE HOUSE

Gentle times with Ducklings, inside the house is everyone's dream (kids and adults), and is fine, BUT:

it's ok - for few hours only. After that, they need to be back in your yard, as soon as possible.

*For ANY "no answer" questions: sales, or not related, and news - contact Michael 

(our mad scientist, waterfowl specialist, ducky nerd) knowing so much about the duckys, and few other alternative sciences), by email ONLY, here:  contact email

DUCK EMERGENCIES - OTHER QUESTIONS:
For the Dr. Michael's duck-advice, 24/7, send an email above (we aim to answer the emails 24/7). contact email

------------------------------F E E D I N G  the  D U C K L I N G S------------------------------
BE SHURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION WITH CARE
Day old - to  any age later:  DON'T FEED MILLED SEEDS, eg. MESH ! ( NOTHING MILLED ! )
(NO ANY MESH, EVER)       Ducklings are SEED EATERS, as many of the birds are, as well.
For Ducklings, at ANY age,  you should feed WHOLE, UNTOUCHED SEEDS ONLY, and more different seeds
in the mix - the better.
From this reason, and 1000 other reasons: to Ducklings - give only Free Range seeds . (mixed seeds)  (also known
as the "Poultry Mix") (you could add into the seeds a bit of Polenta wheat, or Crummies, for the first 4 weeks of age).
 
YOU NEED TO GET DUCKLINGS  TO EAT WHOLE SEEDS  ASAP (yes - from day-one, of their lives)
HERE IS EXPLAINED HOW  IT  SHOULD  BE  DONE, PROPERLY, TO GET THEM - TO EAT SEEDS ASAP
For such day-olds (babies): just  add   a bit  of Polenta wheat, or Crummies, into the Poultry Mix (seeds),
so your Ducklings can easier switch to  Poultry Mix only, as you decrease the amount of Polenta or Crummies
you mix  in it, over their first 4 weeks, down to zero, so - after 4 weeks - only Poultry Mix is left, (mixed seeds)
and you are shure they now eat seeds properly, and (only) that way is good. (sooner on the seeds - the better)
(if they still pick the Polenta or Crummies only, but not eating any seeds yet, you should be adding LESS Polenta
or Crummies, each week into the Poultry Mix, just so that you know, and soon - they WILL start  eat  the seeds).
(Every week, mix less and less Polenta or Crummies into the seeds, and after 4 weeks, or so - none. (unless as a
"special reward" occasionally, when they are much older ...)
PERCENTAGES OF DAILY DIET you give them MUST BE AS FOLLOWS:)
>>> IT MUST be always 80% Poultry Mix, and only 10% to 20%  of  other extras you want to include, for the daily feed,
but -  those extras must be thin cut, to very small pieces by scissors, or knife, or using row mill. Polenta or Crummies
that you will buy - comes as the wheat in the baggies already, so they should not be a problem, regardless that.
 
POULTRY MIX ("FREE RANGE") is your MAIN ducklings (ducks) feed.
(Sold in the convenient 10 kilo baggies IN THE SAFEWAY, ETC - BIRD FEED SECTION IS: NEXT TO THE DOG FEED SECTION.
OR: YOU CAN ASK IN YOUR LOCAL PET SHOP where you can also get 25 kilo bags of Pultry Mix. ("Free Range").

*Poultry Mix ("Free Range") eg. sold in Safeway, as you see here, is a BLUE baggies (10 kg) - you're looking for this baggy, if your local Safeway is your emergency choice to get their feed:

*** You can also buy Poultry Mix in your local PET SHOPS, in large (20 to 30 kg bags, to last for a few months).
(The OTHER bird seeds, in the same "Bird Feed" section, may be ALSO OK, eg. for parrots, chickens, etc, as long as
you have at least 3 different seeds in it, for example: sunflower, c o r n, and something else).

*Ducklings will also love (extra) MANY veggies (just cut it very thin, so they don't choke and die from

big uncut pieces). (same as with bread pieces).

Ducklings/ducks eat approx. from zero - UP TO 150g  per day. (sometimes nothing, for a day - two,

such as: on the day you purchased them, are day olds, and brought to your place, and are de-stressing).

Ducklings are also your (24/7) anti-bug-patrol, anti-snail patrol, and anti-ants patrol, so - you'll not have any

bugs in the house anymore, coming from the side  where the ducklings are in the backyard - your ducklings

will eat them with such a precision, such as you will do with the vacuum cleaner ! (Roaches, Flies included...).

Also: if the ANTS are OVER populated and run over your house (inside-outside) you need to find the NEST

where they are coming from, and destroy it, otherwise: spending on insecticides will be a WASTE of money.

DON'T FEED PETS BY FORCE, OR WATER THEM BY FORCE - THEY CAN DIE

Some people purchased a few Ducklings, and on the first 3 days forcefuly feeded them the stuff they

didn't like, (and haven't got the patience to wait 2-3 days that Ducklings start eat normally), and as

the result: their ducklings died. Some also die, from being too much harassed by the people hands.

Moistening the food may cause it to sour or go moldy. Provide adequate fresh water at all times.
(Ducklings need to frequently immerse their eyes into water, in order to keep good vision + health).
 
WHEN YOU GET TIRED OF FILLING-UP AND CLEANING DRINKER(s) - DO THIS
You can get affordable Water Timer from online, that is adjustable from minutes to hours of watering,
some of them today are solar powered, and don't work if it rains, either (they have sensors for rain too),
you will insert iside of your Water Timer only: few good batteries, and it will last for months).
Each of such water timers today have also one knob position saying "off" for direct watering when you
need it, and after returning the knob to preivous time setting - they will just resume the program again.

(Water could be in a simple kiddie pool, or anything smaller, ducklings can climb into easily, or just overturned 

plastic lid, with NOT TOO HIGH sides, so ducklings can climb for the swim, every time they need to).

Such plastic lid can be as small as 50cm x 50 cam, or large as much as you want to, as long as 

it's sides are not higher than 10 to 20 cm, in which case will always contain enough amount of water,

and be easy to clean, daily, or weekly, and refill with fresh water whenever you see it went total muddy.

ALSO: If you want to feed the wet bread to ducklings (untill you get a more appropriate feed, eg. Poultry Mix,

or other mix of seeds you have, the bread only has a lower energy value, but it's OK to feed it as an extra, 

or main feed, in the emergency, as said, or even - as the extra, but: Seeds have to be 80 % od Ducklings

diet you give daily - everything else is extra, and no more than 20 % extras in that ratio, [ or you are in a big trouble ],

more bread and less seeds you give - more noisy + anxious they will be, at the end: not manageable, noisy

and most importantly - imballanced (sick). So: BREAD IS OK, if kept UNDER 20% of daily feed, with other extras

and if larger pieces - must be served to them IN THE WATER (never dry if the bread pieces are larger than a nut !).

*** you need to chop this into tiny pieces first !

The bread must be the smaller pieces possible  (eg. size of the nut or smaller, or close to that),

(do NOT say "I am not told !"  if anything happens to your ducklings, birds or chickens this way...).

When lacking any feed - Ducklings will just eat: some grasses, and bugs from it that constantly roam it,

and they are just FINE with that, for that period of emergency, untill better feeds become available.

"Do I need to prepare anything special to keep Ducklings ?" Answer is: NO, nothing SPECIAL needed

(just your normal (back)yard with GRASS, or not). You can start simply as this: one small plastic box

for water, and second one - for feed. Put these boxes on the ground, (away), fill one accordingly with feed

of your choice, and other with the clean water, so all is covered. Now, you can think of their safety next.

------------------------------------YOUR DUCKLINGS SAFETY:  (your ducklings) ARE - THE KIDS------------------------------------

Coops and cages only if the predators ARE there, and you are concerned (Crows / Ravens at day, Mices, etc. 

at night).

Owned Cats, and Stray Cats are normally NOT the danger to them, only the FERAL Cats are. ( see: here ).

***Ravens / Crows: if your ducklings are less than 6 weeks old, and you leave them more than 10 minutes alone

in the backyard  - they WILL get them (Ravens scan their areas every 10 to 15 minutes for what's there).

Say: you're going to milk bar quickly, how much it will take ? (15 min ?) - some of your ducklings are dead,

if you did not closed them in the pen first, before you left - simple, the Ravens are watching you all the time,

and waiting for the chance, they have all day for doing so, have no illusions for a second that they are not,

this is  their job, and other predator birds as well. So, until 6 weeks old - you GOT to be out, WITH the ducklings,

or check your backyard every 10 minutes (not less) in order to have your ducklings alive, and reaching 6 weeks,

if they are to be out of pen - this is a must do.

(once they reach 6 weeks + few days, and you see their size to be decent, don't worry about this anymore).

After that - ducklings get too HEAVY versus what a Bird can lift, and she will not risk her flight status and wing 

injuries: crows / ravens, etc. are smart and know  what they can lift  (unlikely some human pilots !).

DUCKS  "JUMPING"  OVER THE FENCES -  FAIRY TALES

DUCK WINGS CLIPPING NEEDS - FAIRY TALES

Firstly: close all the holes in your fences up to 50 cm high (not more), and secondly, to answer this puzzle:

answer is: NO.  (only Chickens, and Gesses, will be jumping over the 50cm of fencing SUCCESSFULLY).

(Ducks will attempt jumping over the fence only in the life emergency, but are heavy, and won't go very high,

so it's better that you are around, if they are in any danger, day or night). Ducks will also NEVER do much things 

which they are not instructed to do -  by: you. (this is what keeps Ducks on top of the list above the cats / dogs

by easy of keeping, trainability, convenience, and being: incredibly cute, very intelligent, so never confuse them 

with Chickens, as Ducklings are [at least 10 times more] intelligent !). (more you show them - more they will know).

DON'T Clip the wings of Ducklings, or Ducks EVER (only Geeses and only SOME geeses may need this done).

Ducklings  CAN  have  a  FLUE / ETC
We will cover the Flu here, and what to do: If you see saliva going from Duck noses, you'll need to

crumble (using botle) small piece of the anti-flu medication, and put it dissolved in the water they drink,

and do this for at least 2 weeks, otherwise: see your local vet ASAP, they are waterfowl, but not indestructible !

For the flu time: they need some cardboard underneath, while they sleep, so do that, untill they are better,

otherwise you don't need a cardboard of any kind, or any other special equipment, as  said above.

ALSO : many pets sometimes die from the reasons that can't be explained.

(it may happen that after a few weeks/months/years of your doing everything right, some of them just die, and that's how it is, and is the sindrom that no one knows the reason for, and we are pointing to it, just to be on the list, because even with the best care, they are just what they are - the live animals, like any other). (many assume this has to do with the hatch, or something they eat in the grass, but - we are not claiming to know everything, since no one can know everything - we only say it happens sometimes, just like with any other pets you may buy).  (Note also that: sometimes ducklings eat the Snail, and his bite can kill them, as: the snail sometimes does bite them from inside, when ingested, and sometimes not (ducklings often survive such bite, and sometimes not).

DUCKLINGS SOMETIMES NEED YOUR HELP AND PROTECTION

We DISAGREE  that "main thing about animals is caging"  and we are TOTALLY against any, but

predator-concerned, you may choose to cage your ducklings over the night, until the daylight.  

(We prefer LARGER spacious enclosures - instead of the classical low-space cages (bad for them).

Again, you need 12mm squares size max on it, if used for DuckLINGS safety). (Sold in Bunnings, etc).

This enclosure type is spacious and safe, for daily use, and for the night use - we never had any

damages to our poultry from the predators, and you can use that idea to build them from stronger 

mesh as well, if you think that apart from fox, rat, and crows there maybe a Bigfoot around, as well.

In the danger, Ducklings WILL CALL YOU, and it will be loud, so -  go out and HAVE A LOOK.

Once you learn to listen to your Ducklings over the day, you will reckon between a few specific

voices in different situations, eg. the loud "Peeeeew, Peeew, Peeew" voices are something bad,

(females will make them more louder, and males ones will be the same, but more squiky),

the shorter "we-we-we" or "we-we" means; "i ve found something good, or good to to eat" and so on...

-Untill Ducklings are 6 weeks old (or more) they are often pray of the BIRDS, so be carefull

if you just got them into your backyard - so when the Crow learns that you ARE around, in

just a few days will stop picking on them, otherwise - it will try to pick on ALL of them !

(We believe that is better:  to manage the predators, instead of caging the animals 24/7, which is

 the CRUELTY towards your animals if they are caged non-stop, and often get forgotten that way):

So, many people often get the cage trap, put the raw meat in it, and get a rid of the predator.

Getting a good cage trap, that will catch the Crows, Rats, and other animals if the need be,

is also a good idea to have around. The cage traps with the step plate are the best, and only we recommend.

(It is NOT true that Crow / Raven is beneficial bird - it is in fact a FLYING RAT, doing various damages,

and carrying on itself (at any given moment) about 100 contageous DISEASES, GERMS, and so on).

In Victoria, we have one specialy subtle "raven" type of Crow as well, that is a grave danger to your ducklings.

They should be kept OFF the suburbs and cities, but: costs TOO MUCH to do that everywhere,

and in our lack of force that way, we do as we usually do (it costs less): we "protect them", make

a TV show about them yearly, and they are legalised evil, as MANY OTHERS legalised that way...

The Councils may be helpful, but is your job to care of your environment, and reckon the pets from peSts.

In our team, we do NOT support protecting of PEST BIRDS, and never will, we do KNOW the difference.

If you have Stray Cats, or FERRAL Cats around, also - get the cage trap and please: catch them.

(there are animal shelters that will accept them, find a new owners, or destroy them, if need be, eg. when infected). 

(see the Yellow Pages, the animal shelters in your areas is where you drive the catch from your cage traps).

Possums will NOT hurt your ducklings, under any circumstances (day or night, or whatever), and if you

catch them, you also need to drive it to your local animal shelter, and SHOULDN'T  try to release it yourself,

unless you wear a good protection for your HANDS. Than, just put the open exit of the trap up and to the tree.

Dogs will not attack Ducklings, but: the Dogs may hurt them trying to play with them, so be careful about that.

The Rats may (sometimes) attack them only in some situations, and Mices will be attracted if you leave the duck

or other food on the ground overnight, so the Ducklings can come in the danger more that way, if sleeping outside...

Magpies will not hurt your ducklings, and will not try to eat them (don't confuse Magpies with the Crows !)

The Crow is: an ugly black bird, with an awful voice, and Magpie is: black-and-white, and very friendly, with

lovely singing in the early morning, or when he likes you (such as if you feed him, he will sing to you,

from time to time, if you are around, and will come very close to your hands, after he "adopts" you):

 
Magpie - a lovely bird, that you can hand-feed, it will sing as the "thanks" for your effort, for feeding him on a
day-to-day basis... (offer medium dry bread pieces).
 
*** with Magpies, be carefull with ducklings around, they occasionally may "pick" them, to teach them to stay out of their way, but this often can be fatal to ducklings !
Many other birds can also do that, so, unless ducklings are 6 weeks old - WATCH WHO LANDS NEXT TO YOUR DUCKLINGS !
 
*** Doves - are no problem, doves will never hurt them, and they are also your good backyard cleaners, please,
let the doves be around, at all times. (the Doves clean the seeds/feed from the corners you never knew you have
on the property, preventing a lot of stink building up that way if the Doves are not there ! All the extra seeds
that Ducklings will not get, which end up in the corners, is the Doves job to clean, so let them do it, always.

DUCKLINGS , YOUR OTHER PETS, AND YOU

Introduce the Ducklings to dogs GRADUALLY, first leash the dog, and CONTROL him, during the

introduction process, so he doesn't step on them, and - be carefull you don't to that either.

Do this daily, or weekly, until dog understands the rules, your  dog  will be protective  to them.

and Doggy will enjoy to play with them around a LOT, this can give you a great video materials !

Yo may have an easier job with your cat, but still: separate it, and do the same way as for the dog,

if she is hostile towards them, at the start, so keep in mind that Kitty may feel a bit of jealousy, 

until she learns to exept them as the family, which will certainly happen, with some of your care.

With every other animals around, you must use the same method, if they are larger than Ducklings.

While walking in the backyard, Ducklings often come under your feet, so also TAKE CARE:

(you may STEP on them, and have for yourself a horror episode, you never wanted). (kids, aware,

having Ducklings is a responsibility, not of your parents so much as: yours, as you are roaming 

the backyard much more than your parents, and parents know how to be careful about this already !).

Injured Ducks (or Birds) -  INFORMATION    

If in Ringwood and close suburbs, drive it to: Knox Bird Veterinary Clinic. 11 Henry Road

WANTIRNA SOUTH VIC 3152     Our latest info on their phone is - ph: (03) 9800 5311

(at their place, you get an exam of your Duck (or any other bird) and pay  only the materials

for the work done, if you decide to proceed saving, and can arrange from the range of options).

Also (urgent cases) look for yout local RSPCA office, they have a free services and ambulance available.

If you're around CENTRAL and NORTH VICTORIA see this local great group of vet's  here 

Other areas: try calling  your local vet, in your local directories (online or printed directories).

RELEASING YOUR DUCKS (we hope not ducklings) into the: LAKES / CREEKS / RIVERS

(this section is given, if you ever must release them, to save you from a lot of trouble)

(and because not many people will tell you this openly, and honestly as we do):

-Releasing your duck (ling) s into the nature is NOT illegal, (and should not be, if for discussion),

but there are some RULES, and they are:

-If you release the Ducklings (less than 6 weeks old) they will be dead in a few days, likely.

(due to: not having a full plumage yet, predators, bad weather and rain, humans malice, 

dogs curiosity, and wild ducks who will see only one thing in them: unnecessary (orphaned) 

competition for food, and will kill them, if they wander (and they will wander) into their families 

established territories).

-If you release Ducks: do it in the early morning (not evenings), do NOT come back over to

check them up for at least 3 days (remember that WELL), and you will avoid lot of personal 

trouble that way, and when (if) you're back, bring some feed, so - from that day, whenever they

see you, they WILL come back to you, for good times together, and each time you're there.

-After 1-st day you released them, they do NOT need you to survive anymore EVER again, but

if you're there (with some feed) they will come to you each time/day, and you may pick'em up

back home anytime later you want, as well. We recommend that freedom you gave them ONCE 

should NEVER be taken away back from them (you can still be together, whenever you get back

to that location, and is the best part). Where you release them - they will be. The fact: ducks 

never go too far from that EXACT place, where you released them, to the rest of their lives, as: 

this is the location you "showed them" to be "good" (remember - in their minds, you are "caring 

loving mum" and you cant change that, whatever you do, once they know you, it lasts forever).

-When released, they will have BETTER life than in your backyard (property), and in just few

weeks will become FULLY wild ducks, regardless surviving skills, and from the moment of

the release, are equally protected by the law, same as the wild ones, on any of the locations.

(remember this well: equally protected - anything else you're told / heard about this legal part

is WRONG, eg. "they don't belong there" shouldn't be there" "not native" "illegal" "half-breeds", etc,

are the comments of the people who pretend, but do NOT know about the law regardless that,

so don't be one of them,

Australia prouds our animals protection herritage for ALL animals, in ALL of their situations,

the law is ON THE SIDE of your released ducks, from the release day, for as long as they live).

Taking them back later, or "rescuing ducks" (that others released) to your home is also ok, and not 

illegal, under the condition that -  they are well cared about, after they get at your place.

Finally, and hopefully, they will stay with you, in your home / backyard and care as the family,

and: we wish that you never have to release them, unless you especially want to, or HAVE to,

(sometimes - there are situations when is better to release them, than having to murder them).

 

RELEASING THE DUCKS (DUCKLINGS)  PROPERLY - IF YOU MUST, AND HAVE NO OPTIONS

A few examples:

1 you have to release - or murder them, 2 you want to relase them as the reward for good service (at any age),

3 it's a Christmas, 4 you purchased them only to give them the freedom, 5 you did not sell them and only alternative

is their death, 6 you know they will be sent to a butcher, 7 you want to make a difference on the animal rights front, 

8 you think: that location needs a few of them (this is often very true, and beneficial for the other wildlife there), 

9 you know the good reason that no one else knows, to release them, 10 etc, etc ...

So -  there       is       the      wrong       and       the       right       way       to      release    them :

(When you are on the creek / river / lake, release them SAFELY: do NOT just put them on the

ground and wait till they walk back with you, all the way to the car ! Take each of them from the box,

one by one, and throw each into the water, 1-2 metres further from you, so they do NOT hit the 

STONES at the water edges where you stand, and that way got hurt, or killed, on the release day ! 

You must throw them into safe water with no stones, so look first, if you think it's stony - move a bit...

(Remember you MUST throw them into the WATER, cause if you don't: they will FOLLOW YOU BACK).

If they follow you back, after you throw them into the safe water area, just push them back into water,

by using a bit your hands and walking quickly towards them, which will be enough for them to "get it".

After they are in the water now, do NOT feed them, and DON'T wait there to see what they will do,

it's your moment to leave, and you now have your first 3 days to be away from that place, (or never

return there, either, if it's a permanent goodbye). (A short prayer for them at this point, if you're spiritual 

in any way, may not hurt as well, for the luck of the all involved). Now, be very happy: they are FREE !

(On the open river / lake / creek - they will have a lot better life, and more feed, than you can ever give

them at your backyard / property with the best of your care - it's just how it is, natural feeds are: best.

WILD DUCKS "EXTINCTION" FAIRY TALES

Now: that's another story, and perhaps I can make a doctorate on that, or on the legal rights of such

"half-breeds", and existing misconceptions in the books about them, at the moment, such as nonsenses

that "they will breed with the wild ones, and at the end, we will not have any wild ones left'). (Of course,

that could happen, after you deploy 10 000 domestics on your local river, and wait 10 000 years for it),

and, you also - kill the rest of the remaining wild Ducks, as it always will be the remaining ones,

as: WILD DUCKS ARE bit MIGRATORY and they DON'T like to breed with released domestics (wrongly

called "half-breeds") from the reason: wild ones are more smart than those humans thinking that wilds

can't wait to breed with the released domestics (there are hierarchies between ducks they will kill to preserve).

(They may breed with them to SOME amount, however, but never to the point of extinction of any of them).

(If you are to worry about any extinction, than DO something against Wild Pacific duck being oversexed

by the Wild Mallard, which is a REAL danger in Australia, if you really want to show that you are indeed in 

the know, and stop believe the nonsenses that "half-breeds" have to do anything with any "extinction"

so as you see, half breeds are NOT the reason for that situation, but - part of the SOLUTION, actually).

If the domestics over-populate some area of the river: get you hands voluntary EMPLOYED, and just go

relocate some of them few kilometers upstream, or downstream - PROBLEM SOLVED (they never go

far from the place you release (yes: relocate) them. Also: released domestics are GOOD for the wild

ones, and good for OTHER WILDLIFE around them, including non-waterfowl population, as well, in the

99 ways, about which - they could offer me the doctorate, but I have already a few papers too many...

Besides the challenge: it will be GOOD to have a new breeds of Ducks, who are intermixed that way,

hmm...       

"you thought of it - it's possible" Please, PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF HALF-BREEDS whenever you can,

same as you will do for the other animals as well, if you call yourself truly honest and animal supporter !

(this call we make here applies also to ALL half-bred animals, not only Ducklings, as: animals don't understand

 the laws of MAN, and just want to live - is this too much to ask of us, calling our selves 'human' ????).

ALL  PETS  NEED  TO  BE  TRAINED   AND   MANAGED

There is a huge difference between: mistreating, and to train your animals, so use the common 

sense. But - without some training - your pets will become - your PESTS, and the fault is is not

theirs, it's YOURS ONLY (because - there's no a "bad pet" - only BAD OWNERS, or good !).

DOG OWNERS: RECEIVING DOG NUISSANCE COMPLAINTS ? YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A DOG:

Dogs need to exercise, in order not to be anxious. Dogs will bark to anything to satisfy the exercise need !

Your anxious dog will bark even if your neigbour talks in the backyard, because you never take the dog to the park

to RUN, so - you should do that weekly at least, so this will never be happening, if you (indeed) do that way.

(As an example for the Ducklings, you could choose to simply restrict to them the access to some 

part of your backyard / property, by putting a Garden Trellis fence, or some other portable fencing there

if they are to destroy all the grass in that area, so that the grass can recover accordingly).

CONTROL, FOR THE WEALTH OF YOUR PETS, NEIGBOURS AND YOU

If one of the ducklings (other pets) is too noisy and makes all of them to be noisy: you have a disease ! You can give a short cold hose-shower to the noisy one, any time he does that, so it will not have any damage, but they will know: that you DO have certain RULES, and not anyone can do whatever THEY like around,

so - this way: they will know that you ARE in the control, and there are the rules to obey, in order to be there.

(this is NEEDED, for your pets, any time you notice they are testing how far they can go wth you- being noisy will

be the first thing they will do to you, and can endup by: dog biting you, or your kids, or birds being impossible to manage, due to amount of noise they will be making, if you don't care about that SERIOUS issue of CONTROL).

(Without control and some basic training - you will have the peSts, and not pets).

There are also many other things you can show to your pets on a daily basis (eg. where to go, where to drink and

eat  from, and where to hide, etc, by just pointing them gently to those areas, with a broom, or stick, or other stuff, eg. your hands, etc - all you ned is a gentle push, and they will "get it" - ducklings are VERY smart, they are NOTHING

like chickens, so please, remember that well and never compare them with chickens, it's an insult for a duck !).

When comes to Ducklings, you need to show them each of those places only ONCE, but -  with the Chickens:

good luck - your chickens will always do exactly what you don't show them to do, most of the time ...

DID    YOU    KNOW

Duck eggs are by 50% healthier than Chicken ones, and Duckies do not stink like the Chickens do, as ducklings

taka a water bath, while chickens take a dust bath, and generally - chickens stink from day one of birth, which the

ducklings don't do (we've checked this, using the one day-old chicken, and one day-old duckling, to compare).

THE QUEST, THE PARTNERS

By our activities, we intend to protect endangered duck species in Australia,
that are nearly extinct, and - by buying anything from us - you are indeed helping
Australia to preserve our different animal life specimens, for the future to come.
Part of our sales earnings also goes on our support for Wildlife, which are of course
completely voluntary organisations, caring for the wildlife on state, and country levels.
You can always volunteer (kids, adults) for some wonderfull work areas with wildlife.
http://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/ 

Here is also the link to our partner organisation in Canada & U.S. - caring to correct the lost migratory

routes of many nearly extinct birds, and to increase their numbers, back to normal:

OPERATIONMIGRATION.ORG               OPERATIONMIGRATION LIST OF SPONSORS (we are the mile 503, and few other places)

*Some of our customers ducklings recently somehow got onto the pet section of Monash City Council as well,

(*our special thanks to Sandra and Tony who forwarded us the link and letting us know about it, see the links

+ story here):

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/petsofmonash/index.htm    http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/petsofmonash/other-pets.htm

(looking at those cute little heads - no wonder why they got there!)

Good luck, and lots of love and fun, with your new Ducklings, and birds of the feather, and keep emailing us the feedback and photos, and we will do our best to publish them here, on the website, as well !

 

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