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Releasing 5 week old ducks

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Hi all, just a bit of advice wanted as putting duck sown for the first time this year on three ponds, 250 total.

My few questions are:

Can I just release them, or do I need a pen?

shall I provide an artificial island on the ponds that don’t have one?

Whats the best method/type of feeding for ease of management and willingness to fly?

 

cheers

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5 weeks is a bit young 7 is better we just put ours on the ponds with a heap of food on a flat bank next to the water for the first few weeks then  start to feed them further and further away untill they are flying out for the food. none of our ponds have islands.

 

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We put 250 down last year and lost 74 on the first night to mink, took the rest up the following day and put them into a barn for a further 6 weeks,  expensive lesson learned.

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