Quack! If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck or swims like a duck, then you are in the right place. We know wild and domestic ducks, farm ducks and pet ducks.

10,396 Questions
Chickens and Roosters

How long do you leave eggs in the incubator for?

Incubation Times for eggs

Poultry incubation duration can vary from species to species but is generally about 3 weeks (21 days).

Chickens......21 days

Ducks (most).....28 days

Muskovy ducks..35 to 37 days

Turkeys.......28 days

Goose.........28 to 34 days

Guinea Hen.....28 days

Pheasant........23 to 28 days

Peafowl .........28 to 30 days

Quail...............23 to 24 days (some exceptions)

Grouse............25 days

Pigeon............17 days

Partridge........ 23 days


Do ducks sleep?

Yes ducks sleep, they will generally sleep in the night, with their head and beaks under a wing and hidden from predators.

Most will sleep on the water because it is difficult for a predator to reach them.

Food Safety
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

How long can you keep a duck in freezer?

any longer than a half hour would kill him, so be careful.


Where do ducks pee?

out of their uthrene, into water


How do you teach ducklings to swim?

You do not need to teach a duckling to swim, they can swim from birth. A duckling will just jump in and swim!


Do ducks fly south in the winter?

Yes, most species do. Mallards, black ducks, widgeons, pintails and other marsh and puddle ducks winter mainly in inland areas, while scoters, oldsquaws, and other divers tend to congregate along southern coastal areas in winter.


What is the opposite gender of duck?

The male is called a drake and the female is called a duck or hen.

Chickens and Roosters

What is a drake duck?

A drake is simply what male ducks - of any breed - are called.

Personal Finance
Salary and Pay Rates

Who is the richest person in the world 2007?


Carlos Slim is the richest man in the world as of the end of 2007. He is worth $67.8 billion making him $8.6 billion wealthier than Bill Gates. Carlos Slim is a Mexican businessman who controls the largest cell phone operator in Latin America, America Movil. Slim and Gates have been neck and neck for awhile until there was a surge in the share price of America Movil this year.


No if you're thinking bill gates he isn't. The world's richest person would be for a fact Warren Buffet.


Hank Sofferin


What is duck fluff?

Small, white, down feathers that grow in between flight and contour feathers. They provide insulation for the animals.

English to Japanese

How do you say male duck in Japanese?

牡鴨 (osukamo) = drake

Chickens and Roosters

Will a duck sit on unfertilized egg?


Chickens and Roosters

Is an unfertilized egg alive?

Short answer: rarely.

Long answer: First, understand that a newly-laid egg contains only one cell. The rest is a yolk (the food source for a growing embryo) suspended in (an?) albumen (the white). So it's a little odd to talk about a whole egg being alive, but let's go with it.

The definition of "life" is a little squishy on the cell level. Something is usually considered alive if a typical one can reproduce, but a sperm cell is still considered alive before uniting with an egg cell.

So initially, the unfertilized egg cell in an unfertilized egg is alive. But after the eggshell hardens and the egg is laid, it's anyone's guess. I wouldn't be surprised if there were research somewhere on when the egg dies, but unless parthenogenesis (roughly speaking, a virgin birth) occurs quickly, the egg's probably dead.

Word Games

What is a diving duck beginning with M?

A Mallard


What is the difference between Male and Female quaker ducks at the age of 2 weeks?

There is no difference at that age. After their frist molt(old feathers fall out, new feathers come in) you will be able to tell or about around 6 weeks when the start to quack, the female has a very ugly quack. You could also have an avian vet sex your duck.

Zoology or Animal Biology

How survive baby ducks without a mom duck?

I had picked up a batch of 6 abandoned ducklings, What I did was I got a big silver water horse trough (rubbermaid will work also) It just has to be tall enough that they cant jump out! Anyway you fill the bottom about 1 Inch high with shavings. You have to have 2 automatic waters in the Trough Make sure the food is by the trough. Ducks dont have a gullet that can push the food down so they coat it with mud or dirt if it gets irritated so you have to have the food by the water or it could cut the inside of their throat or choke them. You feed them NON MEDICATED chick starter. If you give them medicated chick starter they go brain dead literally... Something in the medicated chick starter causes them to have seizures and they eventually die... But after they get bigger like I think it is after 4-5 months you can gradually start moving them up to Pellets... Never give them chicken scratch the corn gets stuck in their gullet. I know this is alot of information but it is what you have to do to keep them safe! Also be sure to put a heat lamp at both sides of the Trough high enough that they cant toutch it and burn themselves. Finally chicken wire over the top of the Trough if you are paranoid that they are gonna jump out of the trough at night... Make sure once they get their permies (big boy/girl feathers) that you take them to the vet to get clipped unless you want them to fly away!

I hope this helps!

-Love Okapi

Yes, baby ducks in the wild can survive without their mother. Last year I observed a family of 7 where the mother was killed about one week after their birth. Immediately two ducklings took up the responsibility for watching the brood. They stood guard as their brothers and sisters ate, swam and slept. Unfortunately, due to some very hungry Blue Herons three of the seven were killed. The remaining four moved from thier birth pond to a safer location and lived out the rest of the summer eating and playing. The joined a group of adult mallards and migrated. I am expecting them return again this spring.


What is the lifespan of an aylesbury duck?

3-5 years


How tall was the tallest duck?

the hot and sexy Senuri's Height about 165cm


What is the young ones of duck called?

A young ones duck is called a DUCKLING.

Swimming Pools
Pool Care and Cleaning

How can you prevent birds from pooping in your swimming pool?

Attention, All Birds!
  • I had the same problems regarding birds pooping in the pool. My neighbor advised me to use an alligator float chlorinator. I purchased the alligator at Home Depot and put it in my pool. The result? No birds even close to the pool... birds do NOT like the alligator.
  • Local people in Hawaii (where we have lots and lots of birds!) hang old and unused CDs from trees around their yards. When the sun hits a CD, it shines a light everywhere all the time! Try this. It will keep all birds away and they won't come back. If you have lots of birds at your home, I would hang the CDs in at least 4 spots around your house.
  • My observations regarding the bird droppings in our pool are that the birds are actually cleaning out their nests and dropping the waste in and on our pool. My guess is that they are discarding it to avoid drawing predators to the nest area. Hopefully when their young have left the nest, the problem will be over.
  • I have problems with Grackles (a type of blackbird) and the amount of bird waste dropped in our pool each day is unbelievable. I have tried both the plastic owl approach and the "Terror Eyes Ball," to no avail. Given that this non-native bird population seems to go unchecked and is increasing in this area annually, I have decided to start my own trapping and eradication program. I didn't spend all of that money on a pool to provide a cesspool for birds. There are high-priced "high-frequency" bird repelling systems that you can buy, but they recommend that you use them in conjunction with the "Terror Eyes Balls." By the time you buy all of the paraphernalia that they recommend, your yard will look like a flea market and there are no guarantees that they will work. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you take the eradication approach as well.
  • I have the same problem this year with the black birds spitting in the pool. I bought a $19.99 huge owl with a rotating head. I put it out there two days ago, and not one bird came by. You have to move the owl every other day. It works!
  • Nothing works. I have two owls and the black birds just about land on them. Yesterday I washed the solar cover, this morning there was too much dropping to count.
  • I agree with the observation about the birds cleaning out their nests; most of the poop that we're cleaning out of our pool water has already hardened. Last year we had no bird poop problems: perhaps because we opened the pool inthe first week of June, the young were already out of the nest by then.
  • We have tried the owls and they don't work either. Aside from poisoning the birds, which the US government has done to control the problem with overpopulation, nothing seems to help. Birds are crafty creatures. You might try a fountain to spray up water to see if that helps. An air rifle helps some (I'm a bad shot, but the sound scares them off temporarily).
  • It has been over two weeks since I have put my owl around the pool and not one black bird came back to spit in the pool.
  • I found the best way to keep the birds away is rubber snakes -- lifelike, colorful snakes. Scares the people the first time they see them. I've had friends fall in the pool fully-clothed trying not to step on one of them. It works best if you can place them every 15 feet or so. I have 4 evenly placed around a 41x16 pool and have no droppings at all. Before the snakes, I had to wash the concrete around the pool every single day.
  • Use fishing line and string an X formation or grid (depending on size). Birds see 10x more than we do. This formations will keep them from flying above the pool, while not being an eyesore to the user. The nasty problem will be over. Yes, the birds will still come round, but at least not over the pool and leaving their poop!
  • I have the ultimate answer. It has worked for the last three years: My husband puts fishing line up above the pool before we take the cover off. It has to go back and forth and criss-cross over the pool. He has added some dowels to our fence in certain places for height and also ties it to parts of the house and trees. Once the birds start coming, you'll be able to tell quite quickly if you need more fishing line. We keep it up for only a few weeks and then take it all down. It is the only thing that has worked. And we learned to make sure to get it up before you take the cover off the pool.
  • I had the same problem with grackles. The first step is to observe any activity in tall bushes (cedars) that may be in the vicinity of your pool (your yard or that of the neighbours)... they make a lot of noise while they are building. I just destroy the nests before they have a chance to fully build them. You may have to do this a couple of times (I did it 4 times for one pair), but they eventually get the hint and move on. But wear a hard hat! They may swoop at you. Another thing I have heard of is to put rubber snakes on top of your solar blanket or around the pool. Some say it works, others don't. But my preference is to knock down the nests before they start.
  • I recommend "Mr. Flip," which costs about $15. It is a 48" tall, inflatable dolphin that is weighted in the bottom, so it stands straight up. Leave it in your pool all the time and the birds will stay away. We have used it for years and never had a problem. It popped last year and when we opened our pool we had bird poop everywhere. We purchased a new "Mr. Flip" and haven't had a problem since.
  • Try a product called "No More Ducks" from Australia.
  • My landscaper in Arizona recommended the inflatable snake. Here are 4 comments:

    1) It doesn't work overnight, so be patient.

    2) Warn visitors it's out there.

    3) Tie it up with some fishing line so it doesn't blow into the neighbor's yard and freak them out (they ARE realistic).

    4) Most important is that you must move it around every couple of days or else the birds get used to it. I usually move mine every day. The landscaper stressed this. I now have zero bird problems, whereas, previously, I was hosing and vacuuming ungodly volumes of poop every day.

  • I don't know about other types of birds, but in Southern California where I live, ducks are the problem. We have found that fake rubber snakes on the pool deck work quite well (once your guests get used to them being there and don't freak out every time they walk by them!). We've had them out for about 8 years now and no ducks have come around. I guess they haven't figured out that the snakes haven't moved in all that time!
  • In almost all cases, immobile objects do not work. As it has been said, birds are very clever and very, very stubborn. They will quickly become used to any static scare object -- such as one of those snakes -- and roost in the area anyway. Basically, anything that stays remotely the same is not going to work. One of the people who answered here said using an owl with a rotating head worked, but you had to move it every other day. But who has time for that? The "TerrorEyes balloon" moves itself. The holographic eyes follow birds wherever they go, terrifying them and causing them to leave an area.

    Sometimes, as one reader noticed, particularly tenacious birds will still roost in the area. There are dozens of other products that you can buy, including invisible, harmless, food-grade chemicals and sonic repellers. Your backyard will not ending up looking like a "flea market". You can put the TerrorEyes ball on your roof, where no one but the birds will see it. Any chemicals are invisible, and sonic repellers are just a box and speakers, hardly more noticeable than telephone wires. These products have been proven time and time again in the field (See the Related Links for more information), and I'm sure they will be effective in this situation as well.

  • Last year we had our above-ground pool between our house and our neighbor's house. The birds perch on the roofs and then they dive-bomb the pool when they feel like it. This year we put the pool in the open so that we can see when the birds are flying into the pool. We can see the pool from the back windows and we tap on the glass to chase them away if they start diving into the pool. If the pool is between the two houses then the birds feel less threatened and protected. If the pool is in the open then they tend to stay away from the pool more often. This year, with the pool in the open, the birds have been staying away and we have had no problem with them.

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We have loved this scarecrow, motion detection sprinkler. We had huge issues with geese and ducks using the pool as PARTY CENTRAL, pooping all around and in our pool. This solved it. Best $$ ever spent. This link to Amazon is the cheapest I have found. Plus free shipping. Good luck. Plus fun to watch the machine in action. Go to You Tube for some videos. See the Related Links for more information about this item.

. Try a new product called Kings Duck Solution. Loads of different birds do not like it.

Chickens and Roosters

Why do the eggs need to be turned or rotated?

The egg need to be turned or rotated to prevent the growing embryo sticking to the side of the egg which normally causes an early death.

Chickens and Roosters

Can chickens and turkeys live together?

They can and often do on small farms. Turkeys are fed a different type of feed than chickens but both birds will compete for whatever is available.

Chickens and Roosters

How long can keep eggs before incubating?

Kept in optimum conditions of cool (not refrigerated) and high humidity, you may collect and keep eggs for up to 7 days before hatch rate will decline. Some breeders will push for a 10 day period but risk a loss of viability.

Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What does lovely weather for ducks mean?

It is raining

Skeletal System

How many bones do ducks have?



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