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 Post subject: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 6:50 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:04 pm 
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Wow they are beautiful!

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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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Thanks NellyG,
Hope to breed them this year .
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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 10:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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Good luck with the breeding. Post some pics of the babies if you are successful!

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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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I've not seen Mandarins before. That male is beautiful.
Do they fly?


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 10:31 pm 
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Thanks,
Yes they fly.
When i bought them last year they were very nervous, now they are more calm. They would come to the pond while I am changing the water.
They are beautiful ducks.
Apparently they are a little difficult for breeding, but i can't say anything right now.
I have 2 unrelated pairs in the same pen , so will see how we go.


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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Thanks for the pics. They are extremely striking. Hope you have much success with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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One of my mates was breeding them, obesity is a common problem and this will stop them breeding, so you have to watch the fatty grains in their diet, and apparently they are difficult to hatch in bator and then hand raise as the ducklings stress to much, high losses when trying this. At the moment he only has the drake left, he certainly would like to try again with them. He breed 7 ducklings once 6 drakes and 1 duck, but he made the stupid mistake of wanting them to free range on his pond outside , was going ok until a Goanna took the duck while sitting on the nest. They can fly very well and it's important to give them enough room to fly as this helps keep the weight down. Good luck goran as they are certainly on my wish list and i love a challenge to breed. Obesity is also a problem when breeding birds, especially cockatoos. When i got my Galahs they were to fat to even fly from perch to perch, had to slowly cut out the sunflower seed until now it is only about 2% of their diet, the rest is budgie mix. They leaned up and now breed every year. None of my birds get parrot mix as a terrible diet. All get budgie mix but with varying amounts of sunflower seed.
Goran what are you feeding your mandarins.


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 11:24 am 
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My Mandarins have divided diet, different for non breeding and different for breeding season .
Right now I feed them: cracked corn, wheat, sorgum and a bit of lucerne chaff , also some of duck weed.
Breeding season: mixed grains,chich starter or show bird pellets (laucke mills).
They are not much keen on greens (like grass).
I live in Melbourne suburban area and have fencing all around,
Would it be ok if i cut the wings off and let them walk around the backyard on the grass?
I would do that after the breeding season ends.
Thanks all for replays.


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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What exactly do you mean by 'cut the wings off'? Do you mean trimming the flight feathers? If so it may work though birds can often still get off the ground with clipped wings (but their direction is not good - generally only one wing is done). Or do you mean pinionning? If that one you would need to find out if it is legal in your state.

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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 5:26 pm 
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Sorry i was talking about clipping them off, the flight feathers.


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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I 5hought you might be but wasnt sure. I really dont know how well 5hey would fly with clipped wings but i doubt they would be entirely grounded. Hope someone can answer that for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
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I wouldn't trim their flight feathers and let them free range, they are small, i spoke to my mate last night, he had done that with the young paiir and then with the spare drakes, all drakes were taken by cats. Unless you plan to surpervise their free ranging full time its not worth the risk especially as they are so expensive and hard to get.


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 Post subject: Re: Mandarin ducks
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:43 pm 
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IF i menage to breed them and leave the ducklings with the mom duck, are they safe to be kept with the males in the same pen?
I heard that the males will most likely kill the babies, but when you watch videos on YouTube you can see happy families swimming around the small pond all together??


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