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    Re: We have chickens

    LOL - oh yeah... I forgot the hawks & eagles... When we see them circling, we hustle the birds into a covered enclosure, but generally they will go off into the woods themselves.

    Fortunately, no crocs or 'gators, or other large reptiles (although, theoretically, snapping turtles might take a duck).

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    Yes Nature is dangerous,But the inner city has its predators as well...The crazy penny tossers off high rises,the open manholes of death,the drivers who loose control and crash into your favorite restaurant.. and the dog poo quicksand traps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    Yes Nature is dangerous,But the inner city has its predators as well...The crazy penny tossers off high rises,the open manholes of death,the drivers who loose control and crash into your favorite restaurant.. and the dog poo quicksand traps.
    But are the chickens safe?

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    Re: We have chickens

    I worry about cats and raccoons. I don't think the opossums would be an issue. Now I might get some ducks for Easter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ula View Post
    I worry about cats and raccoons. I don't think the opossums would be an issue. Now I might get some ducks for Easter.
    Ducks are fun. They don't need a pond (runner ducks can't even swim), but most enjoy a place to paddle around. We use a little kid pool.
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    Re: We have chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Ducks are fun. They don't need a pond (runner ducks can't even swim), but most enjoy a place to paddle around. We use a little kid pool.
    Ours also have a kid paddle pool (one of those clam shell type ones), which I drain and refill 1-2 times a week. When our house is built, I have plans for a proper pond with either a pump drainage system, or elevated with a gravity draining system... or aquaponics. Depends on when I run out of money! The only think with the kid pond is that it is a lot of work!

    Ula, a kid pool is perfectly fine if you can commit to refilling it regularly and don't let it get all stagnant and gross. My little duck actually doesn't even get in the pool very often, just the Muscovy... I have a large cat litter tray that I fill up every day for the little duck. He sits in that for hours and will have his bath in that. As long as they have constant access to water that is deep enough to duck their nostrils and eyes into, they're fine. I have one of those chicken waterers, plus a square tub that is designed for putting in aviaries (which is what they both tend to use for cleaning their nostrils out), plus the pool and litter tray. But I could take out the pool and litter tray and they'd be perfectly safe and healthy. I just like to give them as much opportunity as possible to mimic natural behaviours.

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