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Early ducklings
Aug 25th, 2019 at 11:30am
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Anyone else seen ducklings this early before?? Normally late September for us, but no, proud mum swimming around with an entourage of 8 this morning. Will have to go and bait up the traps again Wink
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #1 - Aug 25th, 2019 at 9:40pm
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No ducklings here yet but lots sitting on nests.Seen swans in river with little fluffy ones thought thats abit early for them Smiley
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2019 at 8:03am
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checked them out in the binos- they are greys Smiley
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 27th, 2019 at 12:59pm
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Saw the first batch today. Didnt have time to have a closer look, but suspect they maybe teal from the quick glimpse i had.
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #4 - Aug 27th, 2019 at 6:27pm
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A Guy down the end of the street has a street sediment pond on his property - he encourages Canada’s and any other gamebirds - usually 50 to 80 birds around
He saw a duck with 10 ducklings on Saturday - 5 ducklings on Sunday - so he caught them for hand rearing
Sunday afternoon he looked down from his house and saw 3 stoats swimming around after the ducks - I put a Doc250 and a Victor down there - I will chuck some better camoflage on them tomorrrow
Hard to believe the little buggars swimming around in broad daylight





  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #5 - Aug 31st, 2019 at 9:01am
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Cruz wrote on Aug 27th, 2019 at 6:27pm:
A Guy down the end of the street has a street sediment pond on his property - he encourages Canada’s and any other gamebirds - usually 50 to 80 birds around
He saw a duck with 10 ducklings on Saturday - 5 ducklings on Sunday - so he caught them for hand rearing
Sunday afternoon he looked down from his house and saw 3 stoats swimming around after the ducks - I put a Doc250 and a Victor down there - I will chuck some better camoflage on them tomorrrow
Hard to believe the little buggars swimming around in broad daylight






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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #6 - Sep 2nd, 2019 at 6:51am
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Starting to see a few clutch around now, so looks like it could be a good breeding season, as long as we dont get any floods.
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #7 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 6:48am
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Hardly any ducklings here on the hauraki plains would have to be the worst i have ever seen . It has been to dry no muddy puddles for them to feed in .4-7 ducklings per hen seems to be the average this season most other years its more like 9-14 . I,m thinking alot of ducks haven,t even breed this year don,t know if the late shooting season has anything to do with it. Sad
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #8 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 9:39am
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My Grey duck ducklings have been very successful this season: Mum plus nine right through till they are 80% the size of mum. And not one fatality. Several other broods have had varying success, but in general its been a good season down here.

Almost stood on some bumble bee sized ones way out in another paddock two days ago, so the breeding has been spread right out down CNI way. Dam is full to overflowing.
  
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Re: Early ducklings
Reply #9 - Dec 24th, 2020 at 6:45pm
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seen first broods taking flight the other day...funny as heck driving down paddock,off they waddle then wings get going and before they know it they 50 yards away crash landing.... some really good sized broods....in other places Mum is lucky to still have two left...the Parries on other hand all seem to have 8-10....goes to show the VALUE of having two parent family with BOTH parents there to share the load......us humans could learn from what are often referred to as "dumb ducks".
  
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