And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just looked up some info on the web today. I learned that the ducks need fresh, clean water. My neighbor's ducks have a muddy kiddie pool half- filled with dirty water. I also learned that the ducks need a well- balanced diet (which I already knew, but had no specifics). Well, I'm pretty sure all my neighbor's ducks are getting is corn.

I threw a small bit of lettuce over the fence yesterday and it's gone today. That makes me think they really enjoyed it.

I can't approach the owner because I got the feeling, last time I mentioned the ducks, that he's not happy with my, um, interest. I told his wife that the ducks had no food or water. The next day, when I asked how the ducks were, he said, "They're fine!!!" He didn't sound happy to hear me ask about them.

So what can I do? Should I go buy some duck food and sneak it to them? But that doesn't take care of the muddy water. And if I print out some info and give it to them, it might just make them mad at me. This guy lives next door and I don't want an angry neighbor.
I don't know what kind of ducks they are. One is black and white. One is gray and white. Sort of mottled, I guess. I haven't looked at the color of their bills or legs or anything enough to remember what they look like.

They don't really have anyplace to get out of the weather, either.

What should I do?

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And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just looked up some info on the web ... (which I already knew, but had no specifics). Well, I'm pretty sure all my neighbor's ducks are getting is corn.

It's very hard to keep water clean around ducks! The mallards that spend the Spring around our backyard will get into any container of water, no matter how small, to bathe, and they don't mind pooping in, bathing in and drinking the same water. It's gross, but difficult to keep up with them. They need a smaller water dispenser that the ducks can't crawl into to keep it clean and fresh, unless they're going to change the water in the pool a few times a day.

How are they keeping the ducks in their yard? Are they in a pen? Are they able to forage around the grass in the yard for insects and shoots? Do you live in an area where the water will freeze?

If it appears they aren't beinhg treated well, you may want to call the APA, but you'll probably need to be prepared for your neighbor's wrath.
In many municipalities keeping of any farm animals, or fowl is forbidden, so you may be able to call the constable or animal control in your town and do the ducks a favor. It sounds like a jerk next door.
In many municipalities keeping of any farm animals, or fowl is forbidden, so you may be able to call the constable or animal control in your town and do the ducks a favor. It sounds like a jerk next door.

That may just land the ducks in a stew pot sooner. Check whether your local laws consider ducks as pets or poultry. The law may provide only minimal protection against blatant cruelty. I doubt having water only changed once a day and being fed corn would be considered cruelty. I'd also bet those ducks numbers will be diminished at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not everyone keeps birds because they're cuddly feathered friends, particularly not chickens, geese, turkeys and ducks. Many municipalities do allow keeping poultry. When I lived in downtown Phoenix some of my neighbors had chickens and turkeys being raised as food. That was legal.
And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just looked up some info on the web ... what they look like. They don't really have anyplace to get out of the weather, either. What should I do?[/nq]A hose constantly dripping in the pool helps keep the water clean, if it's possible to do that. But it can also lead to a lot more mud. If they are able to roam the yard they are getting bugs, nibbling greens - good food for them as long as there is no chemical use in the area. A corn diet will make them fat - and maybe that is the objective. Poultry feeds might be better - for health - as long as they are free of meds (I think some contain antibiotics).

Shelter for ducks needs only to be minimal - a wind barrier, protection from overhead predators. An enclosure (like a chicken house) actually contributes to poor health unless it is very well ventilated. If in your neighborhood, raccoons pick off ducks easily. I put my ducks in an area enclosed with electric net fencing at night for protection. Kept raccoons, dogs, coyotes out. You could ask if they are being raised as pets or for slaughter. If as pets, then you might mention some of these things that perhaps your neighbors don't know.

Duck eggs are wonderful food, btw.
-> > And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just -> > looked up some info on the web today. I learned that the ducks need -> > fresh, clean water. My neighbor's ducks have a muddy kiddie pool half- -> > filled with dirty water. I also learned that the ducks need a well- -> > balanced diet (which I already knew, but had no specifics). Well, I'm -> > pretty sure all my neighbor's ducks are getting is corn. -> >
-> > I threw a small bit of lettuce over the fence yesterday and it's gone -> > today. That makes me think they really enjoyed it. -> >
-> > I can't approach the owner because I got the feeling, last time I -> > mentioned
-> > the ducks, that he's not happy with my, um, interest. I told his wife that -> > the ducks had no food or water. The next day, when I asked how the ducks -> > were,
-> > he said, "They're fine!!!" He didn't sound happy to hear me ask about -> > them.
-> >
-> > So what can I do? Should I go buy some duck food and sneak it to them? But -> > that doesn't take care of the muddy water. And if I print out some info -> > and
-> > give it to them, it might just make them mad at me. This guy lives next -> > door
-> > and I don't want an angry neighbor.
-> >
-> > I don't know what kind of ducks they are. One is black and white. One is -> > gray and white. Sort of mottled, I guess. I haven't looked at the color of -> > their bills or legs or anything enough to remember what they look like. -> >
-> > They don't really have anyplace to get out of the weather, either. -> >
-> > What should I do?
->
->-> A hose constantly dripping in the pool helps keep the water clean, if -> it's possible to do that. But it can also lead to a lot more mud. If -> they are able to roam the yard they are getting bugs, nibbling greens - -> good food for them as long as there is no chemical use in the area. A -> corn diet will make them fat - and maybe that is the objective. Poultry -> feeds might be better - for health - as long as they are free of meds (I -> think some contain antibiotics).

Shelter for ducks needs only to be -> minimal - a wind barrier, protection from overhead predators. An -> enclosure (like a chicken house) actually contributes to poor health -> unless it is very well ventilated. If in your neighborhood, raccoons -> pick off ducks easily. I put my ducks in an area enclosed with electric -> net fencing at night for protection. Kept raccoons, dogs, coyotes out. -> You could ask if they are being raised as pets or for slaughter.

If as -> pets, then you might mention some of these things that perhaps your -> neighbors don't know. Duck eggs are wonderful food, btw.
Thanks. They have protection from the wind. I haven't seen any raccoons, but I'm sure they're around. I have dogs in my yard. The neighbors (with ducks) have dogs in their yard (separated from the ducks by a small fence). There are few greens for them to nibble on. Mostly just dirt. There is ivy and honey- suckle growing on the fence. I'm in central Texas, so it won't get too cold, or stay cold for long. Any snow is very rare. I already knew about getting the non-medicated foods.
Sue

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-> In many municipalities keeping of any farm animals, or fowl is -> forbidden, so you may be able to call the constable or animal control -> in your town and do the ducks a favor. It sounds like a jerk next -> door.
I think he might just be a borderline jerk, but I don't know him that well.
Turns out you do need a permit to keep ducks in the city limits. (I just called.) So they will be receiving a post card in the next couple of days inviting them to purchase their permit and asking them to allow an inspection of the ducks' enclosure.
I just hope they don't get mad at me, since I'll be the first suspect that comes to mind. (I've asked them about the ducks a couple of times.)

Thanks for that idea.
->

->
-> >And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just -> >looked up some info on the web today. I learned that the ducks need -> >fresh, clean water. My neighbor's ducks have a muddy kiddie pool half- -> >filled with dirty water. I also learned that the ducks need a well- -> >balanced diet (which I already knew, but had no specifics). Well, I'm -> >pretty sure all my neighbor's ducks are getting is corn. -> >
-> >I threw a small bit of lettuce over the fence yesterday and it's gone -> >today. That makes me think they really enjoyed it. -> >
-> >I can't approach the owner because I got the feeling, last time I mentioned -> >the ducks, that he's not happy with my, um, interest. I told his wife that -> >the ducks had no food or water. The next day, when I asked how the ducks -> >were,
-> >he said, "They're fine!!!" He didn't sound happy to hear me ask about them. -> >
-> >So what can I do? Should I go buy some duck food and sneak it to them? But -> >that doesn't take care of the muddy water. And if I print out some info and -> >give it to them, it might just make them mad at me. This guy lives next -> >door
-> >and I don't want an angry neighbor.
-> >
-> >I don't know what kind of ducks they are. One is black and white. One is -> >gray and white. Sort of mottled, I guess. I haven't looked at the color of -> >their bills or legs or anything enough to remember what they look like. -> >
-> >They don't really have anyplace to get out of the weather, either. -> >
-> >What should I do?
->

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-> > In many municipalities keeping of any farm animals, or fowl is -> > forbidden, so you may be able to call the constable or animal control -> > in your town and do the ducks a favor. It sounds like a jerk next -> > door.
->
-> That may just land the ducks in a stew pot sooner. Check whether your -> local laws consider ducks as pets or poultry. The law may provide only -> minimal protection against blatant cruelty. I doubt having water only -> changed once a day and being fed corn would be considered cruelty. I'd -> also bet those ducks numbers will be diminished at Thanksgiving and -> Christmas. Not everyone keeps birds because they're cuddly feathered -> friends, particularly not chickens, geese, turkeys and ducks. -> Many municipalities do allow keeping poultry. When I lived in downtown -> Phoenix some of my neighbors had chickens and turkeys being raised as -> food. That was legal.
Water isn't changed once a day. I'm pretty sure it isn't "changed" at all. Just filled when the level goes down.
Read my reply to Jangchub.

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-> >And I don't think they really know much about keeping ducks. I just -> >looked up some info on the web today. I learned that the ducks need -> >fresh, clean water. My neighbor's ducks have a muddy kiddie pool half- -> >filled with dirty water. I also learned that the ducks need a well- -> >balanced diet (which I already knew, but had no specifics). Well, I'm -> >pretty sure all my neighbor's ducks are getting is corn. -> >
->
-> It's very hard to keep water clean around ducks! The mallards that -> spend the Spring around our backyard will get into any container of -> water, no matter how small, to bathe, and they don't mind pooping in, -> bathing in and drinking the same water. It's gross, but difficult to -> keep up with them. They need a smaller water dispenser that the -> ducks can't crawl into to keep it clean and fresh, unless they're -> going to change the water in the pool a few times a day. ->
-> How are they keeping the ducks in their yard? Are they in a pen? Are -> they able to forage around the grass in the yard for insects and -> shoots? Do you live in an area where the water will freeze?

In a pen. No grass, just dirt. Some vines on the fence bordering their pen. Central Texas, so there is a small chance the water will freeze.

-> If it appears they aren't being treated well, you may want to call -> the APA, but you'll probably need to be prepared for your neighbor's -> wrath.
I'm a big wrath avoider! Don't want to make an enemy of the family next door.

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