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Ducks on the pond - an island??

a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 1,033

I have spotted a pair of ducks on my pond twice recently, 3rd time today, and i think they were getting down to some serious ducky-business on the bank, but i didnt see them in time and the dogs spooked them.  

I was thinking of putting an island in the middle, so safe from canine attention.  Not sure how to do this .? Or if it would be welcome?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,251

    I've seen some successful floating islands used by ducks. You can buy expensive ones but I'm sure the ducks wouldn't turn their beaks up at a DIY version tethered to a weight in the middle of the pond. 

    Some googling and a bit of imagination could lead to something really good. 

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,293

    The ducks are usually pretty good at finding a suitable (in their opinion!) nesting site but they do need protection from foxes (sitting ducksimage) The ones here mostly nest in the bedding in the animal sheds, though sometimes choose my plant containers image The island would be a good solution. The drake will keep watch over his duck,((image) so needs a platfom with room for him to sit. The eggs are laid over a couple of weeks. Some get carried away and lay too many, more than they can successfully incubate. 6 to 9 ducklings is average. Incubation takes about 4 weeks.

    However the ducklings, once hatched, do not spend all their time on water and on land they are very vulnerable to crows and magpies and quickly get picked off. I generally shut them up in an enclosed pen, as it is the only reliable way to ensure their survival, the percentage from free ranging ducks is very low. This probably won't be possible for you, with a wild duck, but feeding her may make her tamer. You will have to resort to crossed fngers and toes and if you are lucky may end up with a team of slug catchers!

  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 1,033

    thats very useful buttercup thanks.  They are back today, so seriously looking to move in i think.  Thanks Dove ill have a google. 

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