Question by Contagion S: can you release ducks after raising in captivity?
I would like to incubate and hatch ducks. In the past I’ve successfully incubated and raised chickens, but I think ducks would be a fun new experience.
I live on a large property with lots of woods, ponds and a swamp. I’d like to release them after a couple months in hope that they’ll come back each year (I live in Upstate NY, USA.) I’ve read articles online about how you can and can’t release ducks after raising them in captivity, so I’d like to know your opinions. Also, if you have any advice for raising ducklings I’d like that too.
I’m getting fertile eggs from local people who raise ducks. I’m not “being God,” I just want to raise some ducks because they’re fun, cute and would be a good summer hobby, but don’t want to eat them or keep them for laying when they’re older so either selling them or releasing them are my only options.
I’ve looked, and it seems to me that it’s legal to release captive raised ducks in privately owned ponds as long as it’s not for game purposes and you’re not in Florida. If anyone can find information contrary to this for NYS, please tell me.
Also, I live in a part of upstate NY where we get four feet of snow in the winter. It isn’t feasible to keep them year long — they would freeze in their shed. They have to migrate or get sold. I’ve raised chickens and sold them, but now I want to raise ducklings and, if possible, release them. Keeping through the winter is not an option. If I put them with other wild ducks, would they teach them to migrate?
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