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How to herd ducks

Herding ducks

A long stick is handy when moving chickens, but essential when herding ducks.

The stick acts like an extension of your arm, making it easy to change the direction of birds who are veering off course.

But even with the help of a stick, it still took two people to move the ducks from their temporary paddock in the forest garden to the forest pasture.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have been quite successful at herding ducks using an eight foot long piece of wood (3/4" x 3/4") left over from cutting a rabbet into a windowsill. I wield it like a trapeze artist, flicking the ends rhythmically to keep the flock slowly ambling along. Has worked on upwards of a dozen and a half. As always,patience is the best partner when working with animals.

Enjoy your summer.

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