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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:03 pm 
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As I drove home the other day I noticed a duck and a goose walking down our road. :duck2 Sounds like the beginning of a joke doesn't it!

I made the mistake of telling my husband and a little while later they had taken up residence in our dam. :doh
As far as we are aware they don't belong to any of our neighbours which is unfortunate.
I suspect they have been dumped because we live in a semi rural area and people dump everything down here. :thunder

The goose looks like a Toulouse and the duck looks like a crossbreed but they are obviously friends and go everywhere together.
My question is should we feed them or are they going to get enough foraging?
I am only familiar with chickens so I know nothing about their requirements and any advise would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:41 pm 
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If they’re used to domestication they probably won’t get enough food by foraging, though it really depends on how much edible stuff there is in and around your dam. Unfortunately the more immediate risk to them will be foxes.

Are you interested in trying to keep them as pets yourself...?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:10 pm 
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Our dam is pretty safe, although not completely fox proof, there is an island in the middle and I notice they are using it.
I am not wanting them but I saw my husband giving them some chook food today. Hopefully he will keep them away from the house verandah. It just depends on how much poop they leave, how long they get to stay.

No, I am not a fan of water birds as they are usually very messy and destroy the gardens. It would be great if someone came looking for them.

The dam does have quite a bit of vegetation, trees, bushes around it. It used to have waterlilies until the last drought but after the recent rain it is full of water.
Is it OK to feed them chook food? We feed Laucke Showbird.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:46 pm 
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Chook food is fine although they are primarily foragers. Unless you are wanting eggs (are they female), a cheaper pellet will be adequate if there is reasonable forage. Just encourage the feeding to happen closer to the dam than to the house.
The risk with the duck is that it will breed with the native ducks.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:45 am 
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Thanks for that info Sue. It is an old dam so they should get quite a bit of forage.
I don't want them but I could never see anything go hungry or neglected.
I told OH to feed them as far away from the verandah as possible and will pass on what you said about the food quality.
Attaching photos. The duck already looks like a crossbreed. Can you tell sexes? :th


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:34 am 
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The goose looks like a hybrid. Don’t know about sex. The duck also looks like a hybrid and also looks like a female.

I feed my ducks Laucke Showbird so that will be absolutely fine for these guys too.

Hopefully an owner will turn up... As Sue says, interbreeding with native species is a bad thing so it’s not ideal to have domestic species living in a semi wild situation like this. Other than catching them there isn’t a lot you can do though. Do you have a community Facebook page you could put a post onto?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:30 pm 
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Yes I thought the duck looked like a female and my guess would be the goose will be too but then I only keep chickens and know nothing about water fowl. :laughing


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:09 pm 
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If you can get close enough to look, the duck should have 1 curled feather at the top of it's tail if it is male.
The goose looks to have some Chinese in it.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:21 am 
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At this time of year drakes are moulting so some boys will have lost their curly tail feathers :) The best identifier is the voice - ducks have a loud, clear quack while drakes are much raspier. But the plumage looks female to me.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:00 pm 
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No-ones making a noise. I think they don't want to be kicked out of their new home. :laughing


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:41 pm 
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How could anyone dump such a perfectly good duck and goose? I don't know much about waterfowl, but they sure look good and healthy and attractive. You're so lucky! :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:13 pm 
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We have since been told that the duck is an Appleyard duck....which I presume is a hybrid.
And the goose is a male Chinese. Don't know if it is correct but when I looked it up they do look like them.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:19 pm 
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Aw, Appleyards are beautiful ducks, a pure breed - not cross-breds or 'designer ducks'. The Chinese fellow could be a cross, maybe with an African Goose or a Toulouse? He's lovely though, hope they both stay happy and healthy with you. (My geese bully the ducks and won't socialise with them, they think they are intellectually superior).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:52 am 
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The duck still looks like a cross to me - in both type (shape) and plumage. She resembles an Appleyard but I don’t think is a pure bred one. Still a very pretty duck!

Agree with Possumcorner about the goose.

Sounds like they’re both doing well anyway :)

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 5:13 pm 
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So the duck and goose now have my husband trained. They wait, somewhat impatiently, every morning for him to bring down the mixed grain which we now buy by the 20kg bag! These guys definitely landed on their feet!! :roll:


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