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    aflac's cousins - ducks

    I don't know their model... but they look like mr. Aflac... got to be cousins.
    and nearly as dramatic.
    we've got 2 left... a critter got one...
    crazy... always think I should be feeding them..
    no matter how much they've eaten..
    they know when they are in areas they shouldn't be... I can point and glare... and they will turn and head back to home territory.
    but they will stop and turn around to check if I'm still there. if not, they will slowly turn back to forbidden territory. stopping to see if wife or I are watching. smarter than you'd think.

    two femaies... mom and daughter...
    we used to find eggs scattered. in the pond, or in the yard, or occasionally a nest.
    no eggs for months...

    we left for a few days and had neighbor feeding while we were gone.
    we returned and found two eggs on a concrete floor in a little tiny 4x4 shed.
    both females laid 1 egg each on a crazy hard floor.
    maybe the local coon hadn't found them yet??

    anyway, consider getting a couple or three.
    the eggs have huge yokes. tasty.

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    My son-in-law brought 4 ducklings home this spring and we used our chick brooder set to grow them for the first two weeks and we were amazed as to how fast they grow compared to chicks. They are so much tougher too. They could handle 50s the first week and were outside overnight eating grass and swimming in their kiddy pool happily. They eat very little feed now and live on grass and bugs. There has been a noticeable decrease in grasshoppers and ticks too.
    We did loose two to coyotes (I think)....no blood, no feathers just gone from their fenced in area.

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    my wife wants them in the stew pot...
    they get bold and want to leave the pond area...
    if we let them stay in the yard, they come up to the door and stand there.
    then they do their thing there at the door. (leaving "sign")
    we've been on a little trip.
    came home and found that we'd left some cole slaw in the refrig. along with some broccoli (sp?) salad.
    I headed out the door towards the compost bucket with the old slaw and salad. saw the ducks at the edge of the yard, yapping.

    lol... that cole slaw had some twang to it.. old.. ducks didn't care... they loved it>>. the old broccoli salad too.
    maybe the ducks will die from rotten food, but I doubt it..

    we've got two females now... maybe i'll see if Aflac will rent out their duck for servicing ours!

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    They will give you eggs without a drake but the just will not hatch. Any idea of the breed?

    We just lost our last two to huge boar racoon. He is now dead but too late for our duck empire.

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    I call ours "aflacs" I just googled duck breeds... and the closest picture I saw were "American pekin"

    speaking of raccoons.... how did you catch him? or locate him...
    something pretty big is getting into our fish/duck/cat food. has claws (we see marks on plastic containers)
    I have a camera on this area, but I don't see him/her....
    I suspect this critter as being the critter that is also mauling my cat... cat shows up with new battlescars nearly daily.
    I pray for cat, he keeps getting better, but he goes back into the fray..
    (maybe he's just "out on the town?" )

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    My youngest has an outdoor waterfall with goldfish on her second story deck. Somehow, a raccoon got to the deck and was eating the fish food. Her normally useless dog went after it and the coon hasn't been seen since. I suppose he didn't want to tangle with the dog again, but it is still a mystery how the coon climbed up 15 ft onto the deck. Very resourceful critters.

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    how did you catch him?
    Well he took to eating our cats food (who gave him dirty looks but wisely decided to leave anything that big alone). My daughter saw him on the deck after 1 am one night and tried to scare him off and only achieved a slow retreat and a lot of bad raccoon language. By the time I got out the 12ga & #4 Shot, he started on duck.

    We set a live trap baited with cat food and caught a stray cat. Next we added peanut butter and that got him (barely fit into the trap!).

    They are very good climbers and all together too clever with their hearly little hands.

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    trapping report.
    camera has been down, but now fixed, hopefully, that's another story.
    But... we can see some coons and something same sized but different coloring.
    using cat food... caught a possum! I forgot how big those snouts are... cat came to watch, limping from new battle wounds.
    he seemed very pleased when possum was dispatched!
    now for the coon(s)..

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    Yee Hah!
    our own cat got caught yesterday.
    watching camera this morning and something moving?

    big ole coon!

    cat was watching...
    usually cats left leg got hurt in the fights.
    this time it is right leg. maybe it will heal faster now!

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