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Guard against threats to your ducks and their eggs.

Skunks, snakes and owls — oh my! No matter where your property is located, your ducks are always under threat from a variety of predators that can wreak havoc. The best defense includes the installation of tight perimeter fencing and a secured duck house where your birds are kept every night and encouraged to nest. This list of predators is not exhaustive, but it covers many threats faced by duck farmers throughout the United States.


Domestic dogs: When left to roam, well-fed domestic dogs often kill ducks and other poultry for sport. Evidence of dog strikes on a flock usually show multiple birds injured and mauled without any attempt to consume the kills. Dogs are best deterred through high fencing — 5 to 6 feet in height — along the entire perimeter; attacks can happen at any time of day.

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