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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:26 pm 
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Showy Hen
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Several months ago my pair of bantam saxony ducks disappeared overnight. I suspected a fox altho I could find no evidence, but hoped they had joined the wild ducks on a nearly pond. I had clipped their wings but they may have been able to fly as I hadn't clipped them again...
I recently replaced this pair with another pair. The breeder told me they had been "pinioned" as ducklings and so couldn't fly. Is this true?? Does this work?
I ask this because there was a commotion in my yard the other day and there is my original (Saxony)drake (I'm sure he has to be as otherwise it would be too great a coincidence) with some wild ducks visiting my ducks. He seems particularly attracted to my Aylesbury duck... ... should I clip my ducks wings? I would like to show her and so wouldn't be able to with clipped wings?? Is she too heavy to fly?
Any advice? I would hate my ducks to fly off and join the wild ones again


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 2:11 pm 
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Wise Wyandotte
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HI red chook

Pinioning is fool proof and it prevents the birds from flying. It removes their primary flight feathers so they have no substance to lift themselves off the ground.

If you clip your aylesburys wings you can not show her, if you pluck out the feathers they will regrow in 6 or so weeks, however i think she would be to heavy to fly, let alone keep up with a wild duck group.

Hope this helps

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Hi Redchook,

As Tim says, Aylesburies are way too heavy to fly.

Be sure to only trim one side's wings as its being unbalanced that prevents them flying. I find with my Elizabeths that I always have to trim them the first time I put them into a yard but once settled, they stay put. They don't even fly/hop over the 3 ft fence dividing their yard.

Jacquie


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:01 pm 
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Hi Jacquie,
Its your Aylesbury duck.... she really is beautiful.
I know I told you earlier she was a "he" but a person more expert than me in ducks has told me that she is a duck!!


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