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Life of Dumped Duckies

Updated on April 26, 2016

Dumped ducks and waterfowl

I made this hub so that I could introduce and educate people about the lives of pet ducks and geese after they've been dropped off at a public park or lake. I will try not to be preachy or show all the bad things that happen to waterfowl after they're abandoned. I just want to let people get to know the lives of the ducks as individuals. This is a lens that celebrates the lives of these creatures that were given a fate they did not choose.

Most of the domestic waterfowl one sees at their park or lake has been dropped off there against their will. Usually, these are Easter ducklings or ducks and geese that were purchased and then, later, realized that they were too much of a problem to keep. Many people think domestic ducks and geese do fine in the wild or they belong there, but they were bred to be around people. Many of their wild instincts were bred out as well as their ability to fly. Some ducks "disappear" (often a euphemism to mean a predator got them) right after being dropped off, some live for a few years longer.

I will also try to post a few suggestions as to what to do if you can't keep your pet duck or goose any longer and where to go to find help to find it a forever home.

The photos on this page were mostly taken by me. The one to the upper left is of a sweet little Indian runner duck named Oreo.


All photos in this lens were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

Two dumped drakes
Two dumped drakes

Who are the Dumped Duckies?

Dumped ducks and geese come in all types of colors and body types. The most common breed of duck dumped into a park is the Pekin, which are the fuzzy yellow ducklings that one often sees around Easter. The most common type of geese dumped in parks are Chinese and African. Usually, it's male ducks and geese that are dropped off. Male ducks are rough on girls, so having too many around is not a good thing. Ganders tend to get aggressive, especially around breeding season, and Chinese ganders are very aggressive. Both African and Chinese geese are also extremely loud.

The majority of waterfowl that is dumped have very limited flying ability. There are breeds of flying domestic ducks around the parks, but most of those are escapees and not dumpees. For the non-flying birds, there is no way for them to escape the area if there are too many predators or not enough food, unlike their wild cousins. It also makes them even more vulnerable to predators, disease, and starvation.

Two ducklings too young to be out in the cold on their own.
Two ducklings too young to be out in the cold on their own. | Source

Two Easter Ducklings Dropped Off Before a Storm

These two Easter ducklings, about 4 weeks old in this photo, were dropped off right before a wet storm hit. Many people didn't realize that these two were ducks in trouble. In the morning, a heron was eying the small one. They were unlikely to live another day. When I got a hold of them and gave them some food, they were starving. One of the ducks was very boney. They didn't have any feathers at all and had no idea what to eat.

This duckling found near his dead friend's body

Dumped duckling
Dumped duckling | Source

This duckling was found the morning after a wet, cold storm hit the area next to his dead friend. It is unknown how long both ducklings were there before the one duckling died. Originally, they were thought to be recently hatched goslings because there were found near the park's geese. But, they were jumbo Pekin ducks that were almost old enough to not need a heat lamp, probably almost two weeks old. However, they were not old enough to be in below 40 degree wet weather. This duckling was lucky, he was saved and taken to a good home before hypothermia and starvation got him as well.

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More ducklings dumped too young

These Pekin ducklings, though a little older than the three in the two modules above, are still too young to be off on their own. I estimate their age to be about five weeks old. Though they were very observant of the adult ducks in terms of finding something to eat, they were way too young to integrate into the wild flock and often stayed on their own, which made them more vulnerable to predators. Adult ducks can sometimes kill ducklings at this age as well.

One of the ducklings got a metal fishing lure in its mouth and his more dominant brother was attacking and biting him, possibly thinking that he was withholding food from him. But, they were best buddies otherwise.

They were at the lake for about three days and just disappeared. Hopefully, they were rescued and are in a good home.

A sweet girl that didn't deserve to be there

Little girl
Little girl | Source

The Cayuga female (the black duck on the right) was a real sweetie. Very affectionate and loved people. It was hard not to like her. She was found dead seven months after this photo was taken, right in the middle of breeding season. Breeding season is hard on female ducks because males can gang up on them and accidentally crush or drown them. When I last saw her, she seemed OK, but sometimes young ducks have problems laying eggs and can die suddenly. Also, she was crested and males tugging on her head feathers can elicit seizures.

Her mate, the brown duck on the left, was depressed for a while after she died.

Flock of dumped duckies

Dumped duck flock
Dumped duck flock | Source

17 ducks were dropped off in one night at this location, all unable to fly except for one. Unfortunately, 7 disappeared within a few days of arriving. The remaining ones were terrified of everything, but have now begun to settle down. They were even terrified of people, but now realize that people have food and they are very hungry. Three of the ducks have crests. The black Swedish had a very nice crest when she arrived, but have lost a lot of it since then.

UPDATE: Several of this flock have disappeared, mostly the females. It is suspected their male companions may have drowned them.

Scared duckling

This is Baby Blue, he made it to adulthood, but it was rough.
This is Baby Blue, he made it to adulthood, but it was rough. | Source

This little duckling was dumped off at only about a month old. He was totally covered in fuzz and scared of everything. He constantly cried for his mother or siblings. None of the other ducks wanted anything to do with him and often treated him meanly. He tried to attach himself to any duck that wasn't mean to him. He was scared of everything and anyone and couldn't be caught even when bribed with food. Luckily, it was warm for the next few weeks, so he managed to survive, but was always scared and upset and is still not totally accepted by the other ducks.

Ducks that were rescued - Dumped ducks that people helped find homes for recently

Mrs. Pekin nearly died from being beat up by the male ducks.  She's in a good home and I hear she loves blueberries and mealworms.
Mrs. Pekin nearly died from being beat up by the male ducks. She's in a good home and I hear she loves blueberries and mealworms.

Miss Squeaky Was Rescued!

Miss Squeaky was a dumped imprinted  Pekin who was recently rescued. She was starting to get lethargic and sick. Unfortunately, she had to be separated from her mate. Now, she's in a great home and her new owner says she's super friendly.
Miss Squeaky was a dumped imprinted Pekin who was recently rescued. She was starting to get lethargic and sick. Unfortunately, she had to be separated from her mate. Now, she's in a great home and her new owner says she's super friendly. | Source

Duck Rescue!

Here are some videos of duck rescuers and ducks being rescued and cared for by caring people. One of the videos is a PSA about cautioning people who are planning to buy Easter pets.

Quincy is a rescue duck that is being given good care.

Please do not buy Easter pets without researching. This video explains why.

Facts about abandoned waterfowl

Here are some short facts about dumped domestic ducks and geese.

  • Their average lifespan, if they survive their first few months, is 3 years. This is compared to 6-8 years for healthy wild ducks and 8-10 years for domestic ducks not used for meat. Feral domestic geese also live dramatically shorter lives than those kept on farms.
  • Domestic ducks and geese tend to be less healthy than wild ducks and geese due to their lack of foraging ability and a diet heavy on bread and junk food fed to them by people.
  • Domestic waterfowl have been known to spread disease to wild waterfowl rather than the other way around.
  • When domestic ducks interbreed with wild waterfowl, they tend to create hybrids with no or limited flying ability, compounding the problem further.

In memoriam - Photos of dumped ducks that have passed on.

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Buffy2 was dumped off with Oreo and Big Daddy2 about three years ago. He was the last of the three to die. He was very mellow.Big Daddy lived about four years at the lake before he got sick.  The was the absolutely NICEST drake I've ever met.  Got along great with everyone.This female was part of the big flock of ducks dumped off late last year.  She was a victim of over-breeding.Over-breeding again, only lived there six months.The Cayuga duck on the right didn't deserve to be dumped.  See her story in the module above.Cow was part of the large group of ducks previously mentioned in the module above.  She passed away, possibly due to overbreeding, in May 2014.Both Bumblefoot, the female, and her mate are now deceased.  1 was a victim coyotes and the other died bad health a year later.Both Oreo and Aflac were dumped together. Both died in the same place about two years apart. Aflac died in early 2013 and Oreo died in April 2015. Both were killed by predators.Mr. Squeaky, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were all killed by coyotes. Mr Squeaky was killed first when he traveled outside his usual area, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were both killed at the same time a few months later.
Buffy2 was dumped off with Oreo and Big Daddy2 about three years ago. He was the last of the three to die. He was very mellow.
Buffy2 was dumped off with Oreo and Big Daddy2 about three years ago. He was the last of the three to die. He was very mellow. | Source
Big Daddy lived about four years at the lake before he got sick.  The was the absolutely NICEST drake I've ever met.  Got along great with everyone.
Big Daddy lived about four years at the lake before he got sick. The was the absolutely NICEST drake I've ever met. Got along great with everyone. | Source
This female was part of the big flock of ducks dumped off late last year.  She was a victim of over-breeding.
This female was part of the big flock of ducks dumped off late last year. She was a victim of over-breeding. | Source
Over-breeding again, only lived there six months.
Over-breeding again, only lived there six months. | Source
The Cayuga duck on the right didn't deserve to be dumped.  See her story in the module above.
The Cayuga duck on the right didn't deserve to be dumped. See her story in the module above. | Source
Cow was part of the large group of ducks previously mentioned in the module above.  She passed away, possibly due to overbreeding, in May 2014.
Cow was part of the large group of ducks previously mentioned in the module above. She passed away, possibly due to overbreeding, in May 2014. | Source
Both Bumblefoot, the female, and her mate are now deceased.  1 was a victim coyotes and the other died bad health a year later.
Both Bumblefoot, the female, and her mate are now deceased. 1 was a victim coyotes and the other died bad health a year later. | Source
Both Oreo and Aflac were dumped together. Both died in the same place about two years apart. Aflac died in early 2013 and Oreo died in April 2015. Both were killed by predators.
Both Oreo and Aflac were dumped together. Both died in the same place about two years apart. Aflac died in early 2013 and Oreo died in April 2015. Both were killed by predators. | Source
Mr. Squeaky, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were all killed by coyotes. Mr Squeaky was killed first when he traveled outside his usual area, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were both killed at the same time a few months later.
Mr. Squeaky, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were all killed by coyotes. Mr Squeaky was killed first when he traveled outside his usual area, Mr. Pekin and Arthritis Duck were both killed at the same time a few months later. | Source
Big Daddy2 and Puffy-headed duck
Big Daddy2 and Puffy-headed duck

Thinking of buying a duck?

No animal should be bought on a whim. Instead, it's best to do research before buying. Sure, they look so cute at the feed store in the little bins running around, peeping, but like all animals, they require time and money. Before buying a duckling or a duck, consider the following:

*Ducks must be bought in at least pairs or more as they are extremely social. Single ducklings will demand your attention day and night. In the wild, mother ducks keep in constant contact with their ducklings. If a duckling finds himself alone, he will peep extremely loud for long periods until mom finds him, he gets exhausted, or dies. Having another duckling will keep him from feeling lonely and overly imprinted on you.

*Ducklings require heat lamps, special bedding, special food, and a special way of watering.

*Ducks are extremely messy, pooing machines. They can't help it and can't be trained like a cat or dog. Duckling brooders have to be cleaned several times of day. Adult ducks also have to have their living spaces cleaned often as well as constantly cleaning their water and food dishes and baby pools.

*Ducks eat a lot more than chickens.

*Most female ducks are extremely loud and most breeds don't produce eggs all year around. Muscovy ducks are quieter, but are larger and often capable of flying.

*Male ducks can get aggressive, especially during breeding season. He may see his human friend as a potential mate or rival. This may result in an increase in biting incidents. It's important that males have enough females around during breeding season. An ideal ratio is 3 females to 1 male.

*While many towns and cities allow chickens, they do not allow ducks. Please check with your area before buying your ducks.

If you plan on keeping those ducks. . .

Here are some resources on properly caring for ducks. It's often best to read manuals like these before buying your ducks.

Keeping Ducks As Domestic Pets
Keeping Ducks As Domestic Pets

This is a Kindle edition about keeping ducks for pet purposely only. The author talks about their own experiences with keeping ducks as pets.

 
Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition: Breeds, Care, Health
Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition: Breeds, Care, Health

The bible to raising ducks and contains a wealth of information to keep your ducks healthy and happy. However, be aware that this book is also for ranchers who raise their ducks for food and may include information about culling and butchering.

 

How about a stuffed duckling?

How about a stuffed duckling like this one instead of a live one as a gift? I actually have one of these and it's very cute.

Big Boi
Big Boi

Tips for finding homes for your ducks and geese

If you are in a situation where you feel you have to dump your duck or goose, please consider the following suggestions:

Try your humane society. Many humane societies now accept ducks and geese and put them up for adoption. Many areas have "no kill" shelters where they will keep adoptable animals until they are adopted (though they do screen for adopt-ability).

Contact a feed store. Feed stores sometimes take back ducks and geese or can direct you to someone who can take them in.

Try Craigslist or an ad in a local paper or website. However, if you want your duck or goose to go to a pet home and not for food, be sure to screen people who answer your ad, especially if you're giving away the duck for free. Many people answer these ads to get ducks and geese to eat and not for pets. It will take longer to find a pet home, but it would be worth the peace of mind you will have if that's what you want for your duck or goose.

Visit a forum or board where other people keep and raise poultry or ducks. Forums like BYC (Backyard Chickens) and the Duck Rescue Network can be helpful with finding a new home for pet waterfowl. BYC even has a meetup section where one can meetup with other people and make swaps or sell things.

Contact a duck or waterfowl rescue agency such as Carolina Waterfowl or Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary for advice. Many of these places are often full and can't take on new animals, but may be able to tell you where to find help.

And, I hate to say this, there is the option of having a duck or goose dinner yourself if you know how to go about it.

Wild Republic WR87227 Baby Mallard Duckling
Wild Republic WR87227 Baby Mallard Duckling

This duckling makes an authentic peeping sound. It's not machine washable, though, because of the sound mechanism. But, can be cleaned with a damped cloth.

 
Ducks needing rescue
Ducks needing rescue

Become a duck rescuer!

Do you have space to keep several ducks? Does your town or area allow you to keep ducks at your residence? Do you have duck or poultry-raising knowledge? Then, you might want to think about becoming a duck rescuer yourself. Many rescue groups, cities, parks and other places are looking for safe places where they can take dumped ducks. Some ducks may require medical attention and sometimes there might be ducklings and goslings that may need heat lamps and other accommodations. Rescuing ducks can cost a bit of money, too. But, you will be saving ducky lives.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please let me know.

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    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      This is one of those tremendous pages that I think everyone should know about. Most especially those people who get live baby animals for Easter. Adding this to my page The Best of Pet Rescue on Squidoo. Maybe that will help spread the word. Also dropping some Angel dust to help you out.

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      Countryluthier 5 years ago

      Wow, what an education. People did this with other pets in the country when I was a boy. It was not very forgiving then or now. Thanks enough for caring enough to tell the story!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody's mother.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This is an important issue. People buy "cute" animals as pets without knowing how much work is involved. Thank you for making this lens.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      OMG, poor little duckies ... thanks for enlightening your public about the dumped duckies.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I didn't even know that people had ducks as pets. We have a responsibility to take care of our animals, once we've chosen to have them.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thanks everyone for commenting!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I really had no idea this was such a problem. Makes me so sad how thoughtless people can be when they dump any animal. :( Thank you for bringing bits of their stories and pictures to this page.)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thank you for this informative lens. I do wish people would take more responsibility for the welfare of the creatures they take into their lives.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i must say, very nice lens for ducks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So sad! Great lens, love your pictures!

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      I have ducks and geese, and love them. All of my ducks and geese have been "gifts". There is something special to me to go out in the morning and be greeted by these noisy fun critters. Thanks for this lens. Angel Blessings

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very interesting and informative article. Conveniently enough, I have a recent picture on my computer (that I took of a local park here in Ontario, Canada) which actually shows a lot of wild and dumped geese, ducks and swans.

      Feel free to use my image here on your lens, I've uploaded it to http://uploadpic.org/v.php?img=CPZ7Jd1X6a for your convenience.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge about abandoned ducks. I am going to put a link to it on my lens about "exotic pets being dangerous for your health". Even though ducks are not usually considered "exotic", I do believe that they should not be pets unless you know what you are getting into.

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      Missy Zane 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I never thought about abandoned ducks or geese. House cats abandoned at farms and feral colonies usually meet the same fate.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your lenses are a wonderful service to the benefit of wild and tame fowl. Thank you for such an in depth look into tame birds gone wild.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, and it's so important that people understand that raising a duckling may seem cute but it's a lot of work. And you can't set them free when you no longer want them it's not fair, they are domesticated and cannot survive on their own like a wild duck.

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      Awesome lens keep up the good work.thank you for sharing

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I never knew that they would be abandoned :) Blessed!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      This makes me so sad to see this. There are interesting stories from other parts of the world where ducks have been kept as beloved home pets. We had a duck in our neighborhood named Yaya. His owner could not afford the incredibly high fees for dog registration (I mean HIGH!) and so my friend got a duck. He wore sneakers outside, because the concrete was too tough on his webs, and could do tricks - like jumping up high in the air and coming down - clomp - on his sneakers. It is possible to keep them as pets if you take care of them properly - like your own children, and not like an object.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      great lens I didn't know that it was done so much.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      This saddens me to no end...this includes Easter Bunnies...irresponsible parents/people, nice way to introduce a child to learning about care of an animal. Such a throw away society...There should be a LAW where you could not buy these animals or pets for the purpose of pure cuteness for a Holiday.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      wow, I know so little about this subject...great lens!

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      orangerubberduc 5 years ago

      I have contemplated my pet as being a duck but I wanna make sure that it's the right choice because they are very social! Thanks for the great info!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      It's very sad to have to give up a pet, but so many people don't even consider the consequences. We had 3 Map Turtles once and there was no way they could be transported across country when we moved, and nobody wanted them, so they ended up in the river (at my ex's insistance). I knew the cold water would probably kill them off, definitely the winter freeze, however a few months later in a park about 1/2 mile down the river I did spot a turtle that looked rather like ours, so he might have survived. That's the first and last time I ever do that!

      Excellent lens about a plight that few people think about. So sad to think that the birds in your wonderful photos have moved on. Blessed.

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      sheezie77 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, great job!

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      vegetablegardenh 4 years ago

      Glad you created this lens. We own a pair of ducks, and could not imagine ever abandoning them. They are such wonderful birds and we love them.

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      Rural Farming 4 years ago

      That was very very sad. I don't understand why they would just eat them. Seems better than just dumping them off.

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      cshell4642 4 years ago

      I just finished my lens on my ducks that I have for backyard pets. I can't imagine ever just dumping them off.

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      gaser983 4 years ago

      Fantastic article, interesting reading!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This is very informative information for people who decide to buy baby ducks on a whim. I used to own a flock of ducks and a few geese, but I had a 500 acre ranch full of ponds and rivers and that's much different than a backyard in a city. I once knew a woman who lived in an apartment building and she bought 6 baby ducks for her kids to play with. It was a pitiful situation. She filled up a little plastic swimming pool for them on a patio and it was just a constant mess. And, of course, those little ducks grew to be big ducks and she couldn't care for them. I think anything that you do to warn potential purchasers is valuable and I do feel sorry for the birds that are so purely mistreated by us humans. People just don't understand that these birds are not like parrots. I hope you have great success in getting this message out. Consider submitting some newspaper articles in March and April. I think many editors would be interested in your story.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      This is a greast article and I hope would-be duck owners rad it. I have ducks and I love them to bits but they are noisy. I love to hear them but wouldn't keep ducks if I lived in town with close neighbours.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You've raised an issue I never thought about when I've visited our local lake. I live on a property where people often dump kittens, but I've never realized people also dump ducks and geese.

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @BarbRad: It's amazing the animals people will dump. I've also seen swans and chickens dumped, too. And, of course, pet rabbits which last about one minute out in the wild.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is really interesting lens, liked it so much. And photos are very beautiful.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Have often seen mixed breed ducks at a local park. There are those who try to trap them for food also. No fun being a dumped duck! Very interesting and informative lens, with great photos.

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      am23g23 4 years ago

      Hurts me to see any animal abandonded, but some can get dropped off and thrive in certain environments. I hope the best for all ducks everywhere! :) Nice lens

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      With Easter just around the corner this article brings up a lot of good points about parents purchasing animals to please their kids. Rabbits are another creature this happens to. IMO, unless you know what you are doing, or are prepared to learn about caring for animals like ducks and rabbits, it's better just to buy them a stuffed toy. A lot of kids either get bored with or don't want the responsibility of raising pets, so the animal gets dumped somewhere to fend for themselves. Pretty sad.

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      Sitabodang LM 4 years ago

      Wow, thanks for writing about the ducks. I knew that some people dumped their goldfish into the local ponds but didn't consider ducks being dumped. Makes sense because every year parents buy animals that nobody wants to care for. They figure that the animal will figure it out if dumped into nature. It would be much better for those people to find a local farm to take the unwanted ducks.

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      myno1star 4 years ago

      An excellent commentary! I worked for the SPCA for over 10 years and can well recall the number of ducklings and goslings that were dumped at our shelter after the novelty wore off. At least the "dumpers" had the presence of mind to bring them to us, rather than just abandoning the poor creatures. But many more of these unfortunate birds were just abandoned in parks or wooded areas, often not even near water!

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      We cringe every year we see the feed stores with these cute little fluffy yellow babies. Sure they look cute in an Easter basket but I blame the stores more so than I blame the buyers. Yeah, it's stupid to not expect the birds to get bigger. But, it's downright shameful to sell them knowing probably 99+% of the animals won't survive the year.

      I honestly never thought about it. Those charming ducks at the local park aren't just passing through but refugees trapped there.

      For those of use who can't take them in, are there any types of food items we could offer them when we visit our local park?

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @webscribbler: Generally duck food is the best, but chicken food is often a good choice. In areas where the ducks are thin or it gets cold in the winter, cracked corn is OK, but doesn't have a whole lot of nutrition, but does help keep their weight on. I've found they like romaine lettuce, unsweetened cereal, cat food, peas and the like. Be careful with things with seeds, uncooked beans, uncooked potatoes, citrus, spinach, and uncooked pasta. Those could make them sick. Bread and junk food is not good for them, either.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Anytime an animal is domesticated the odds of it surviving without human assistance are slim. Pets are for life.

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      Melody Lassalle 4 years ago from California

      In my area, people often get chicks and ducklings for their children for Easter. They are also sold at the County Fair. People don't realize that those really cute little creatures grow up into adult birds that must be taken care of. I appreciate you taking the time to educate people on the problem of dumping pets.

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @MelRootsNWrites: Thanks YourIslandRoutes! We just had two more Pekins dumped off today right where the coyotes hunt. Last year, we had a lot of ducklings dumped or attempted to be dumped. Hopefully, this year will be better.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Thank you for writing this-- beautifully done; I hope LOTS of people read it. It always saddens me how many people are thoughtless and unconscious... especially in the way they deal with life; with pets. I used to keep ducks and geese... I lived on a creek (with a small flood control dam) where they could have water, but they mostly lived on the back lawn, facing the water... fed and cared for. Now and then, we'd find "newcomers" on the creek, and add them to the family, as best we could.

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      Shorebirdie 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @HSP Connections: Thanks Denmarkguy!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      This is a very informative lens. Thank you. I don't trust the Humane Society, though. Personal experience. One man I know (I didn't see him last time) would go to the lake and feed the ducks bird seed. They did quite well. There were a number of domestic ducks there. At the other lake, there are many interesting domestic ducks and geese. I can't say they live as long as wild ones would, but at least they had a decent life there. Yes, the people fed them junk. That is unacceptable. But I usually see the same individuals for a very long time. One with a broken wing feather was there for several years. People should absolutely NOT give ducks as gifts to anybody, unless the recipient has a nice pond on his property and will feed them properly.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I came back. This is a very important topic. I wish people showed more respect for animals.

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      Shorebirdie 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @SteveKaye: Thanks! Recently, I've been hearing of some disturbing stories of people who call themselves duck rescuers dumping young ducklings. These are people who should know better.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such important information with the world!

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      dbitterman 3 years ago

      This is a great lens, full of information and empathy. Thank you.

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      This was a great lens...thank you. I had always heard that dumping ducks (or any other animals for that matter) was harmful, but this lens details exactly why and what the horrible cost is. People are so careless with animals. Thank you for this.

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      Julia Morais 3 years ago

      Great informative lens. In our society unfortunately, there'll always be people dumping animals when they've no use for them anymore, be it dogs, cats, turtles, ducks and others. If only people could see that their actions could cost those poor animals their lives.

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      easymgmt 3 years ago

      Whatever the animal, if you take it on as a pet it is your duty to look after it for its natural lifespan. If only everyone understood that; I hate our 'throwaway' culture - not everything is disposable.

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      qikey1 lm 3 years ago

      Awwww..very touching. Your photos of these very photogenic birds ;) are just gorgeous. Thank you for all the information. I think these guys are often overlooked as an animal welfare concern. I will definitely be keeping a closer eye out for dumped ducks now that I have read your lens!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      It's so sad that people don't realize how difficult it is for domesticated animals to live in the wild. They don't know how because they've never had to. Thanks for writing this article!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Why does our society find it acceptable to dispose so easily of animals? Why are animals valued so little by so many? I hate suffering. No animal should suffer because of the reckless or thoughtless actions of humans. Thank you for spreading awareness of this problem and opportunity. It's an important topic.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      I had no idea this was such a problem - it's awful and I'm so sad that it's happening. Just like dogs and cats every domesticated animal deserves proper care and attention. This is a brilliant page for bringing this issue to people's attention. Well done and your passion for these poor birds shines through. A well deserved purple star.

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      The pictures speak volumes. This lens is very eye-opening and I hope more people get to see it and realize what a heart-breaking problem this is. Congratulations on your purple star.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      Wow, I had no clue that ducks had the same problem at Easter as rabbits. It's horrible that people buy animals for kids and then abandon them when they are not what they expect. Not a good lesson to teach your children or lying to them about what happened to their cute little present. Thanks for shedding light on this big problem. Well done!

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      Rick King 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I can tell that this lens has a lot of passion behind it. You obviously have a lot of experience with these ducks. Judging by the comments, your message is reaching new people and increasing awareness.

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      Shorebirdie 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @rking96: Thanks! Yes, these are all ducks I have gotten to know and love. Most of them have such an endearing personality, but they live rotten lives.

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

      Thank you for a very interesting and informative lens. Good for you. You're doing a great job in raising awareness about the plight of unwanted ducks. I'm an animal-lover and interested in birds but this is the first I knew about the suffering of these poor ducks.

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      TheEnglishHouse 3 years ago

      This is a great lens. I am an avid animal lover and the one thing I hate more than ANYTHING in this world is animal cruelty. There are so many kinds of animal cruelty in this world it is unbelievable how humans can be so cruel. Although I knew about many kinds, I did not know about this. For those who really want an eye-opening lesson on how humans exploit, mistreat, maim, abuse, eradicate and harm animals for our own selfish wants, such as entertainment, food, clothing, medical research, product testing and so on, then I suggest watching a documentary called 'earthlings'. You can find it by searching the term on google videos. But be warned, it is not for the faint at heart, and definitely not for children. But it is something that should be shown to the entire adult population of the world, who are either ignorant to or in denial of the amount of suffering we cause the animal kingdom of this planet.

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      A very powerful and moving lens. Thanks for getting the word out about this very sad and preventable practice. I suspect a lot of people don't have a clue regarding this topic.

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      Heart wrenching. Now I'm in anger mode. I cannot tolerate animal cruelty of any kind under any circumstances, period. Well done, though, on a useful lens!

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      laurenaticenow 2 years ago

      Lovely and powerful

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I have to take umbrage with your remark about Muscovy ducks being quieter. Quieter than what? We had one, for years. When my husband called me at my store, and the duck heard him speaking, she was extremely loud. I would hand the phone over to anyone in the area, so they could hear her vociferous, garbled squawking. We used to laugh so, because the louder he spoke, the louder she squawked. Great article!

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      Shorebirdie 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      LOL. I meant quieter than those female mallards that you can hear five miles away.

      I am going to update this article, soon. We've had a few ducky tragedies, but a couple ducky rescues, too.

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      Tim Daniels 19 months ago from Bedfordshire, UK.

      Interesting article thanks Shorebirdie. It really is cruel. I would also like to point out an article by Zoe Brodie-James on releasing domestic ducks into the wild here: https://poultrykeeper.com/blog/releasing-domestic-...

      Thank you

      Tim :-)

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      Shorebirdie 18 months ago from San Diego, CA

      Thanks Tim. It's against the law in the U.S., too, but no one does anything about it. On top of that, a lot of places have made duck-feeding illegal or imply that it is, and chase feeders off.

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      Ceri 11 months ago

      I would like some advice. I have noticed for the past week or so some baby ducks without their mom (she had been with them, but I don't see her around them anymore). They are not really young but still have duckling feathers. Question is, should I try to capture them and relocate them near my house ? There is a pond across the street, and I live on 3 acres. I'm worried that these ducks will get run over because currently they are hanging out near a busy road (they have managed so far, but without their mom around, it has me nervous). They have made a deep ditch area often filled with long grass and puddles by the road their

      home. These are definitely wild ducks, because I have been watching them grow up. Any advice would be great.

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      Shorebirdie 6 months ago from San Diego, CA

      Sorry I couldn't get to you sooner. If they are mostly feathered, they were probably OK on their own, but if they were in danger, then you could call someone to help move them to a safer place.

      How did they end up doing?

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