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BANGKOK 20 July 2019 19:26
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Ducks in Thailand

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On 3/3/2019 at 11:44 AM, BritManToo said:

They don't need any water at all apart from drinking, but they do poop everywhere.

When it was hot and dry we used to fill a plastic cement mix bowl with water for them, and they were happy enough with they. No need for fencing, they knew where they lived but you need somewhere enclosed for the night.

The Khaki Cambells I had, 1 female duck = 5 eggs/week, no need for any male ducks.

 

No need to worry about cats, they won't take on a grown duck.

Dogs and snakes can be a problem.

The idea of a plastic cement mix bowl is good, just ensure they can get in and out easily, a ducks leg is inherently not strong.

 

Water IS VITALLY important for a duck, not obviously just for drinking but for its immune system and other key points of maintaining good health.

 

Firstly, the key to a ducks immune system is via the eyes, for this water needs to be at a depth where the duck can easily dip its whole head.   

 

Secondly, the ducks nasal passage can easily become blocked by poor quality dusty feed.

 

Thirdly, ideally the duck should have a large enough container of water to be able to preen.    This allows for the feathers to remain in good condition, reduce insect infestation if any, to avoid chilling ( yes it can happen here even with housed ducks - I saw this when visiting a farm with open sided houses where the fans were not turned off following heavy rain during a cool weather day.    Thousands of ducks went off lay and moulted. ) 

 

Fourthly, playing and preening activity around water can be relaxing for the duck and the water area a place for socialising.

 

Please note I am not weirdo about animal activities, i have worked in farming since 1961 in many countries and as a consultant for many years.

Irrespective of the number of animals you may have learning a little compassion for their basic needs can improve their ( the animals ) condition and, if it is a commercial enterprise it can put more money in your pocket.

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9 minutes ago, Speedo1968 said:

Fourthly, playing and preening activity around water can be relaxing for the duck and the water area a place for socialising.

My two always seemed happy enough.

 

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23 hours ago, BritManToo said:

My two always seemed happy enough.

Many thanks BritManToo, just what the doctor ordered.

Have seen extremes of water availability on commercial farms in various countries; it's a shame that such an easy and ideal solution is not taken on board by some of them.

Spread the word please and thanks gain.

 

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