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Old 06-22-2009, 10:13 AM
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Default Ducks - how to protect the babies

My subdivision has a small lake (like a few acres big) with around 20 ducks that choose to live there. They have babies all the time but the babies do not make it. We suspect they are eaten by hawks. It is just heartbreaking.

Is there anything we can do to help the baby ducks survive? I have yet to see one make it. I was thinking maybe a duck house or some sort of shelter?
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:17 AM
Location: California
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Very few baby ducks make it to adulthood. Hawks, sea gulls, turtles, alligators and even male ducks are all predators of them Not much you can do except to pen them...that being said, it is natures way of keeping the population under control.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:35 PM
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Animals eat other animals. If the ducks are getting eaten, it means some other animal relies on them for food... why would you want to mess with nature to save one kind of animal at the expense of another going hungry?

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Old 06-22-2009, 04:18 PM
Location: Columbia, California
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It will be of little relief, only 3 of 10 hawks survive to adulthood. Most fly into buildings, moving cars, telephone poles, etc. They say only the smart ones make it.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:38 AM
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And it's also why they have such large clutches. Most animals in nature are like that. If you protect them the predators go hungry and then you wind up with so many ducks that there isn't enough food to feed them all and they start to starve.

It's hard to watch the babies not make it, but it's nature.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by mrs1885 View Post
If you protect them the predators go hungry
Not just the predators either. Nature's clean-up crews (vultures, buzzards, etc.) also go hungry.

European vultures are now critically endangered due to wonderful legislation that made it illegal to leave a dead animal out in the open, so the vultures are starving and dying off to the point they're now endangered.... all because we had to go fool with the natural order of things.

As difficult as it is to watch ducklings or fawns or whatever it may be turn into a evening snack, it's when we meddle that things start to go awry. Enough ducklings do survive to propagate the species. And enough ducklings get eaten to feed other species while, at the same time, ensuring there are not more ducks than there is food.
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