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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:30 am 
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The Other Half bought home two Mallards last night, and I was stunned this morning to see them fly high enough to get over the 8 foot high fence that we have to keep our chooks in (they didn't actually fly out of the pen, just "rose" to above the height of the fence and then settled down on the ground again).

I am petrified they will fly away!! They are adult (drake and duck) but very touchy and easily spooked.

Should I clip a wing on each duck? Or is this not necessary?? My Anconas can fly over the fence, but don't do it unless pursued.

Any help you can give will be very much appreciated!!


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Mittymoo,

Yes, definitely clip one wing on each of the ducks. Hopefully, by the time they next moult and the feathers grow back, they will be used to their new home and not be as flighty.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:37 pm 
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Mallards are only one step removed from wild ducks and can certainly fly for long distances if they need to.

If you intend to breed Mallards you should "Pinion" the ducklings when young so they can't fly. To get more info on this find a Mallard duck breeder in your area and ask them to show you how it is done - basically what you need to do is remove the tip of one wing from the last joint at hatching. This upsets their balance exactly the same way cutting the feathers on one wing does only it is permanent.

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Thank you both for your replies!! Read the bit about "pinioning" but as we don't intend to breed, I don't think we'll indulge in that practice!! We will get catch them tonight and trim the feathers on one wing each - any idea which feathers we should be trimming, and how long should we leave them???


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the primary feathers - the first 8 or so i plenty.

Take them back about half way, there is a blood supply in feathers towars the base. Try not to cut this, best to do one feather first and make sure it does not bleed, if it does do the next feather higher. :D

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Have successfully clipped the wings and will wait to see what the reaction is tomorrow!!
I don't think these beautiful ducks have been in water for quite some time!! We have a large old bathtub which we used to fill and empty for our Khaki Campbells and the Mallards walked right around the edge of it several times before actually getting in the water and going quite mad diving under and flapping wings. They spent hours preening and swimming - it was wonderful to watch!!

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