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 Post subject: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:47 pm 
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I would like to catch some feral (but reasonably quiet) domestic ducks that have taken up residence at our local creek. There are at least ten KC or KC cross ducks & drakes, and a couple of muscovies. They'll come to just out of arm's reach when we're feeding them, and the muscovies will eat from our hands. The KC & cross ducks will be going to an excellent permanent home and the drakes to the RSPCA. I don't know about the muscovies. I'm a bit attached to the gentler of the two so they might just have to come home with me. This is assuming I can catch them.

I've read about various designs of traps but I can't use anything large or really obvious as I'll have to try to catch the birds on some very visible public land. I don't think I'm quick enough to go for the grab while I'm feeding them. Most of the time when we see them they are on the water with the native ducks. Occasionally we'll see them on the grass beside the water, and there might be potential to cut off their route to return to the water, but I don't know how to achieve that. Any ideas about how I can catch the KCs with a minimum of fuss and stress, without scaring off the uncaught ones or bringing indignant (and ignorant) locals down on my head?

There is also a pair of domestic geese that have chased and terrified my children when we've seen them. I'd be very happy to see those two on a plate :-x


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:47 am 
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Soak some bread in a bit of brandy or soak some grains in brandy. It's how we caught a peacock many years back.


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:08 am 
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Thanks Bungie. That would probably be effective (and possibly entertaining to watch!) but I'm not convinced it wouldn't harm them. I'd also have to be really careful not to let any of it be eaten by the native ducks that are mixed with the domestics.

Anyone with further opinions on the alcohol idea, or other suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:12 am 
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if you're worried about being seen doing it, is it something you should be doing?

I'd make a small cage, prop up one side with a stick with long string attached. Put feed inside, then when they go in pull the string & they're caught.


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:34 am 
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Legally it's not a problem, but there are people who think that it's lovely to have different coloured ducks in the creek and think it adds to the "natural" look of the place, probably the same sort of people who would have dumped them there in the first place. I'm just not a fan of confrontation so I'd prefer not to have to argue with those people.

It's illegal to dump domestic poultry into our waterways and they cause enormous problems for our native wildlife. If I don't remove them the local council will eventually get around to it, and then I don't know what their fate would be.

I'll give the propped cage idea a go, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:41 am 
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If anyone says anything just say that the council will destroy them, which would you rather that or go to a good home ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
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There's a couple of ideas in this thread, I liked the hollow log one :-) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=8004805&p=510578&hilit=catching+ducks#p510578

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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:38 pm 
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:rooll I'd like to see someone else try the hollow log method.

Thanks for the link. I'll see how I go over the next few days. If I get any of them I'll post some pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:21 am 
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You could try approaching the local Council to get their take on it. As you say, the Council would likely prefer the dumped domestics not be there, & thus support their removal. They may even offer suggestions on how to go about removal, or support in the form of traps etc. Council support would negate any objections by locals not happy with your efforts to remove the domestic birds, & provide you with peace of mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:04 pm 
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I have already sent a query to the council but haven't received a reply yet. Their help would be very welcome.

One of the creek ducks has come home for the night, before heading to a safe place where he/she can be wormed, fed properly and generally pampered until we work out whether we're keeping it or finding another home. Male or female, do you think? Do Muscovy males & females have the vocal differences like other ducks? This one makes a breathy sort of sound. It's extremely tame - after I picked it up it continued to eat the grain from my hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
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Well done!! I'm a Muscovy novice, but I'd say female on account of no having heaps of red bumpy bits (caruncles) on the face. Or it could just be a young male (as it does have a bit of a protuberance at the front just above the bill that males tend to have).

I'm not sure about Muscovy voices....I think they are all pretty quiet and husky sounding.

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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
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Nice muscovy female

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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:34 am 
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people who release campbell and campbell x ducks are environment vandles. these birds wILL cross with the wild ducks and stuff up the wild gene pool. catching them is a great thing to do. good luck auctioneer

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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:59 am 
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I've seen Mallard derived ducks out at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat recently, supposedly a guy comes around and catches and kills them, I've seen a large white one which I think might be a Drake which has tagged up with a bunch of native Black ducks, and a lone one that was either a female or a Hybrid with a Black duck. A mate of mine and I were planning on trying to catch them one day, Our idea was to herd them in as they are to heavy to fly using some bread. The plan is to get between them and the water and have strings attacked to some sheets and slowly box them into the crates. Although thinking about it it might attract everything else from Coots through to Swans and free loading sea gulls. As much as I'd like to try brandy soaked bread I don't think people would appreciate drunken Swans roaming around the Lakes edge. Good Luck
If anyone seemed annoyed you were catching the ducks just politely explain that the farm ducks are aggressive and interbreed with the smaller natives.
Well anyway here is our plan
water's edge

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h \ /
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 Post subject: Re: Catching feral ducks
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:59 pm 
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On the topic of catching feral ducks does anyone if you can catch feral mallards?

There are these two drakes at a park and I wouldn’t mind catching them, as they’re friendly as they have most likely been fed by families. I plan on if they are near the standard to show them, otherwise just have them around with my other ducks.

I’m just confused as I have this (Australian) Backyard duck book and it says that it is illegal to catch or gather eggs from wild mallards without a permit but I can’t find anything about it on any websites.

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