Ducks using a fresh water dam
You Live and Learn, or you don't Live Long -anon
I have seen an eel attack a duck from underwater ( it was at a wildlife park, and they had a more than 1.5m plastic window into the stream.) The eel zoomed up and grabbed a leg, but possibly wasn't expecting a large duck to be attached to it, for the eel didn't get a good hold and the duck struggled and flew away. I doubt the duck had a healthy leg after that though.
Isla;305141 wrote: Sometimes eels will grab the legs from adult ducks and presumably in some cases can pull them under and consume them. Watching eels dismantle dead possums when they fall in the river, I think they'd have little trouble with a duck, if they were hungry. I guess it depends how many ducks you have and whether you value them as a population, or as individuals.
I startled some Paradise ducklings one spring night and they all threw themselves into the stream and dived under the water to hide. They were quite big ducklings by then, just before they started to grow obvious feathers. Eight went in and only seven came back up. There were some big eels in that bit of the stream.
Never had a problem with Hawks if the ducks are on the water (adults or babies) but not sure which is worse attack from above or below
Kiwi303;305136 wrote: adult ducks, no problem, a 40 yr old eel the size of your arm would eat ducklings, but adult ducks are more in danger from the hawks.
If you can plant a good sized margin with reeds and other water plants, then the water quality should be kept at a good level unless you have a large number of ducks for the size of the dam. The planting also provides a good habitat for the ducks and other water life.
LongRidge;305206 wrote: There is a moderately high risk that the ducks will pollute the water and surrounding pasture with Salmonella, which if the sheep eat it can make them very sick or worse.
The system for "natural swimming pools" uses this concept, and has been shown to keep water faecal coliform counts at lower than those in chlorinated pools.