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Feed training around ducks?
#507175 06/10/19 05:59 PM
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Got a new bag of Optimal in, and I think itís gonna throw nicely with the directional feeder Iím using. Problem is going to be my neighborís #%?!• flock of ducks they keep as pets - 12 of them!!!

Will the BG Iím trying to feed ever train to the Optimal with these stupid ducks swarming every time my feeder goes off?

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JMac0912 #507207 06/11/19 11:00 AM
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That's a tough one...I feel for you! I think the fish would train, but the ducks are very proficient at gobbling up food. I'd bet your feed bill could easily double (or triple) with ducks at the table.

Around here, the neighbors would be notified of my intentions with hopes that they would pen the ducks up during feeding time, but I know that can be difficult to agree upon and sustain.

I can imagine a floating cage under the feeder, like a feeding ring with a chicken wire basket over it...feed goes through the chicken wire, floating ring contains the feed for the fish, and the wire keeps the ducks from getting to the feed. Maybe your neighbor has some materials to donate and a hand at building it. Otherwise a duck relocation plan would be put into place.


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Noel
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JMac0912 #507208 06/11/19 11:11 AM
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Obviously you have never had, duck ŗ l'orange. Since there are 12, you could even invite the neighbors to dinner. Duck ŗ l'orange, of course.


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JMac0912 #507213 06/11/19 11:32 AM
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I didn't say where the ducks would be relocated to...


Fish on!,
Noel
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JMac0912 #507226 06/11/19 03:19 PM
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I would find a sinking food for a while. After repeat times of there not being anything to eat, the ducks should loose interest in coming to the feeder. Then you can start mixing in the Aquamax.


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Re: Feed training around ducks?
JMac0912 #507244 06/11/19 06:26 PM
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I think if I can keep them away from the feeder before it goes off, itíll be fine. Just observed tonightís feeding and the gang was up close to the house - no problems, with several fishies showing up along with the turtles. I did strongly encourage my neighbor to get his feeder up and running too so theyíll eat his food instead 😂.

Iím only running a 2 second throw for now, so not too worried if it takes a few days for the fish to run the ducks off. With the smaller size of the Optimal Jr, 2 seconds still gets a decent amount of feed out.


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