Gramma Roses
Keeper of Peepers
Specializing in Parrotlets
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Ringneck Doves


Where we LOVE our Birds!
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I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest-
Psalm 55:6

 Update on Wild Ducks at Gramma Roses
 

Before our move to Prineville, we rehomed most all our ducks. Transportation and several weeks in  cages (before aviaries would be ready), would have been stressful and dangerous for them. We are adding new ducks in the month of March .  Some will be the same, and some different.

Pictures will follow soon!

Wild Ducks & Geese of Gramma Roses
(Pictures will be coming soon!)

Ducks:
Lesser Scaups~North America
Mandarins~Asia
Ringed Teals~South America
Ruddy Ducks~North America
Cinnamon Teals~North America
Snowy Calls~Domestic
Grey Calls~Domestic

Geese:
Bar Head~Central Asia
Snow~North America
Pilgrim ~rare domestic
Barnacle~Arctic islands
Nene~Hawaii

Wild Ducks & Geese General Care
        Be sure to provide continuous fresh water for your ducks. Although a pond is not necessary, some type of **swimming area should be provided for the maintenance of their mental and physical health. Some folks use children's firm swimming pools.** Diving ducks, such as Mergansers and Ruddys need deep pools because of their need to dive and almost live on the water. They are both very clumsy on land and are most comfortable floating their hearts away!  So if you desire such ducks, please be thoughtful and provide them with a deep pond.
Our geese and ducks receive mealworms, all purpose crumbles, wheat, and other grain goodies. In particular, they relish their mealworms.  Diving ducks need a fish based pellet because of their special dietary needs.

**Be diligent to clean pools daily as it is unhealthy for your ducks and geese to ingest soiled water. In addition to their pools, provide an extra container for clean water.**

Overall caring for ducks and geese is relatively labor free. They are happiest when offered large areas for play, clean water is always welcomed by them, proper cover for protection from predators and  disagreeable weather, and a proper diet for their own species. My experience is that pinioned ducks and geese do not do well on deep open ponds. **I have noticed consistently that they have a hard time getting up out of the water.** Because I have seen the labor of pinioned birds getting out of our deep pond, I have chosen to allow them to run free on our property with kiddie pools for their swimming pleasure.

**But I want to also note here that not everyone has had my experience. Just be aware that pinioned birds may experience trouble on open deep ponds.**

   

 

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                        Chiloe Widgeons

Cinnamon Teal male, Chiloe Widgeons and male White Mandarin

Chiloe Widgeons are native to South America. They are calm birds that do well in a mixed colony of ducks. Mine share a space with a large rabbit and beautiful Belgium homers, Cinnamon and Ringed Teals, White and colored Mandarins.


 The male and female look very similar except that the male is slightly larger and sports a irredescent green color on the back of his head.  They love to graze and would appreciate added fresh greens or a grassy area.  My pens have river rock with no grass, but they do receive treats of fresh greens weekly.


 Chiloes breed in the spring around April.  The males will often take on two females if available.  Clutches have 8-10 eggs and are incubated for 25 days.

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            Colored M
andarin
More pictures to come soon...


Mandarin ducks are native to eastern Asia and can be found year-round in Japan and Taiwan, with their summer range extending to include eastern Russia and Mongolia. In winter, migratory populations of mandarin ducks can be found in eastern China.

Mandarins are related to the Wood Duck and are often confused with them. Mandarins were originally colored, but several mutations are now available: White, Apricot, and Black. White is sometimes referred to as Blonde. The White Mandarin is most commonly bred in the United States and is fast becoming extremely popular with duck enthusiasts.

 One characteristic that is different on Mandarins from other ducks are the two “sail” wings that rise from the back. Unlike the Chiloe Widgeon hen, a Mandarin hen is quite plain compared to her colorful mate.  However, she does sport a graceful white eye ring that gives her elegant style.
   
Mandarins also like to perch, so be sure to offer wide flat perches for their preening amusement. I place mine about 4 feet up off the ground.


Mandarins are very easy to care for, but do require a covered aviary. They nest in raised boxes and often raise young during their first year. Clutches may have 8-12 eggs and hatch between 28-30 days. Fully feathered in 8 weeks, Mandarin chicks are easy to raise. 


Care should be given to placing a White breeding pair with a Colored pair as the Whites can sometimes try and “steal” a Colored’s mate.

Male Mandarins are also very hard on Call duck hens through trying to over breed.  Care should be taken when mixing these two types of ducks.
  
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Ringed Teal
More pictures to come soon...

Male Mandarin, Cinnamon Teals, Ringed Teals,
and male Chiloe Widgeon. 

Personally, I just adore our little Ringed Teals.
The color of the males though greyish is handsome with his black spots and color in his wings.
Native to South America, the Ringed Teals appreciate warm weather, but adapt well to the wetter cooler climate of the Northwest.

One characteristic of the Ringed Teal is that the males retain their beautiful plumage year around unlike other waterfowl that go through an annual eclipse.
Ringed Teals are prone to frostbite, so a covered area is a must during icy and windy weather.  These little birds tend to be easily bullied by larger ducks, so be sure to offer not only plenty of hiding spaces, but nest box sites.  Hens are excellent brooders and can even be used as surrogate moms for other types of ducks that find a motherly role difficult. Clutches consist of 6-8 eggs. Breeding season is long from as early as March to as late as May.
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Cinnamon Teals

((A cat got into our aviary and killed our Cinnamons, also a male Mandarin and several Belgium pigeons. We no longer have our little Cinnamons .  Needless to say, we are now ever vigilant and on the lookout for cats, hawks, skunks, and owls. One day we also had a large hawk squeeze into our aviary and kill several pigeons. Predators are a continuous problem for us.  Cats are the worst because they can squeeze in the smallest of areas.  They also kill for sport and will leave several birds dead in one visit.  Our little birds are completely helpless except to try and fly as fast as possible away from danger.))

       Cinnamon Teals are found in ponds throughout the American West.  Cinnamons dabble their beak on the top of the water for food, or will tip upside down. 

The majority of Cinnamons breed in the western United States. Hens nest in shallow depressions lined with down under grasses, twigs, and protective covering on all sides. She is known to tunnel through the covering into her nests. Females lay an average of 8-10 eggs.

Nearly all Cinnamon teals winter in Mexico and Central America. They are often associated with Blue Winged Teals where the two breeds share mutual breeding grounds. Hens are very good mothers and will fake an injury to lure predators away from her nest.

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         White Faced Tree Ducks   
     (Whistlers)
We can no longer have Tree Ducks as our climate is too cold for the delicate skin on their feet.



Another favorite of mine are the White Face Tree Ducks.  They remain calm when I enter their pen, and often approach their feeder when I fill it. 
Native to South America and Africa, both sexes of this breed are similar in size and plumage.


These perky upright ducks have a sweet whistling sound that is similar to a child's squeaky toy. Very fun to listen to. The hen lays 10-16 smooth, creamy-white eggs and prefers nesting on the ground among tall grasses and in reed beds above or near water. Occassionally they may nest in trees, but typically appreciate ground nesting sites that are private.
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             Marbeled Teals   

Marbeled Teals are a medium sized diving duck  found mainly in southern Spain and northwest Africa.  In the east, they are found in Iran, Spain and northwest Africa.   In the east, they can be found in Iran (specifically the Shadegan Marshes). Isolated flocks can be also found in Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iraq. They breed mainly in lowland fresh water marshes where they dabble upended seeking aquatic foods. This bird is considered vulnerable due to a reduction in population caused by habitat destruction and hunting. It is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.
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Hooded Mergansers
Hoodies will be added back to our aviary in the fall




 

Hooded Mergansers (Hoodies) are diving ducks and appreciate a deep pond to swim, duck, dive, and catch aqauatic insects, crayfish and small fish.  The sound of the male is a low gravelly groaning sound while courting their mates.  They live near freshwater ponds or rivers, and often nest in tree holes. Once the ducklings are hatched, they will take a leap to the forest floor at only one day old!

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  • Snowy Call Ducks


    Snowy Call Ducks are not exotics, yet they are awesome in their own right.
    Very small
    and petite, Calls make great additions to any type of aviary. The three in the front are the Snowys. The little guy in the back is called a Bibbed Call Duck.


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