Ducks leaving even when clipped


A few months ago i got two pairs of ornamental ducks for my pond, the pond already had mallards on but these ducks were a different species, i released them onto the pond and for about 2 days i couldn't see them, one pair appeared after 2 days and stayed at the pond for about a week and then they also disappeared, now i haven't seen them since, it was a really nice large pond, almost a lake and was quite safe. Please could you give me some tips so that if i decide to get some more ducks they won't leave, is it possible to home ducks?



  • Clipping one wing to unbalance a duck and make it impossible for it to fly is ok I suppose but you have to do it after every moult for it to be effective, could this be why your birds have been able to leave ? of course they may have just walked to a more interesting pond or lake


    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Tomas,

    This is a bird conservation site so people are more likely to have ponds for wildlife than for manually disabled ducks.

    However, are the mallards able to fly? Are they territorial? Is there any chance at all that your four ornamental ducks survived more than a week or so before either starving or being predated?