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Ducks.. How do they float??
« on: 31/03/2008 16:37:06 »
Is it just their feathers which keep them afloat easily??

OR do they paddle with their feet under the water? Aren't they just soo cute ;D



And do ducks FLY?? :o



 

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« Reply #1 on: 31/03/2008 18:50:46 »
Ducks most certainly do fly.


As for keeping afloat, ducks are actually witches and witches float  :D

However, they don't like mud, so they wear wellington boots
 

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« Reply #2 on: 31/03/2008 19:02:48 »
Ducks most certainly do fly.


They fly?? I thought they were like chickens!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 31/03/2008 19:03:15 »
As for keeping afloat, ducks are actually witches and witches float  :D

However, they don't like mud, so they wear wellington boots


Ah, I see ;)

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« Reply #4 on: 31/03/2008 19:10:27 »
Ducks are nothing like chickens. One should never serve chicken with orange sauce!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 31/03/2008 19:12:42 »
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« Reply #6 on: 31/03/2008 19:24:18 »
Chickens can fly too but not very far. The owners clip their wings so that they don't escape or roost in trees.
Ducks, well, I thought floating was partly due to the bone structure (no not high cheek bones.) All birds have hollow bones making them very light. They also have a grease gland that they use to preen their feathers making them waterproof. It's a bit like tar on the bottom of the boat.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 31/03/2008 19:27:11 »
Ohhh.. All birds have hollow bones??
 

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« Reply #8 on: 31/03/2008 19:43:51 »
I don't know about all birds having hollow bones but as she said Chickens can most certainly fly.. especially when their wings are not clipped. We had one male rooster that was quite mean and proficient in flying untill we finally clipped his wings.. then he ended up RIP as he attacked my MOM and was killed whilst trying to remove him from my MOMS neck!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 31/03/2008 19:44:43 »
How did it get to your mom's neck??
 

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« Reply #10 on: 31/03/2008 19:53:22 »
IT Flew! It had not been clipped for a long time and flew up and hooked himself into the back of her neck and spine area with his back dew claw..thingy..It scared the soup out of me.. and hurt my mum quite badly came real close to the spinal cord and damaged some muscle and tissue there.. left a very large scar on her neck back area where he dug in.. he bit her and ripped at her for about ten minutes my step dad had to hit it with a shovel trying to kill it cause he could not get it off her back.. ! He darn near knocked my mom out!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 31/03/2008 19:56:27 »
BTW ducks do move their little webbed feet in the water to stay afloat and swim and dive etc...
 

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« Reply #12 on: 31/03/2008 20:03:07 »
IT Flew! It had not been clipped for a long time and flew up and hooked himself into the back of her neck and spine area with his back dew claw..thingy..It scared the soup out of me.. and hurt my mum quite badly came real close to the spinal cord and damaged some muscle and tissue there.. left a very large scar on her neck back area where he dug in.. he bit her and ripped at her for about ten minutes my step dad had to hit it with a shovel trying to kill it cause he could not get it off her back.. ! He darn near knocked my mom out!
10 minutes is a long time! Very dangerous
 

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« Reply #13 on: 31/03/2008 20:03:24 »
BTW ducks do move their little webbed feet in the water to stay afloat and swim and dive etc...

Oh. They don't just sit there.. and float?
 

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« Reply #14 on: 31/03/2008 20:13:56 »
The famous British Actor Michael Caine said " Be like a duck, calm on the surface but paddling like mad underneath."

Good saying.. LOL I just love Michael Caine he is a very interesting fellow!
« Last Edit: 31/03/2008 21:15:49 by Karen W. »
 

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« Reply #15 on: 31/03/2008 20:15:23 »
LOL.. Thanks, that makes it clear.  ;D
 

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« Reply #16 on: 31/03/2008 21:05:17 »
Ohhh.. All birds have hollow bones??

I am not at all sure that ostriches have hollow bones, but all birds that fly have hollow bones.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 31/03/2008 21:06:41 »
Thanks ;) Are they alot more fragile than bones such as ours?
 

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« Reply #18 on: 31/03/2008 21:14:17 »
IT Flew! It had not been clipped for a long time and flew up and hooked himself into the back of her neck and spine area with his back dew claw..thingy..It scared the soup out of me.. and hurt my mum quite badly came real close to the spinal cord and damaged some muscle and tissue there.. left a very large scar on her neck back area where he dug in.. he bit her and ripped at her for about ten minutes my step dad had to hit it with a shovel trying to kill it cause he could not get it off her back.. ! He darn near knocked my mom out!
10 minutes is a long time! Very dangerous

Yep the doctor said one more good whop with the shovel would have done serious damage as the hook in his claw was deeply embedded and just more movement on the Roosters part or the shovel could have severely Damaged her spinal cord!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 31/03/2008 21:16:21 »
Thanks ;) Are they a lot more fragile than bones such as ours?

I would say yes....
 

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« Reply #20 on: 31/03/2008 21:27:43 »
Like.. I could snap it with my hands?
 

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« Reply #21 on: 31/03/2008 21:45:11 »
I think you would get a bit of a pecking but it is easy to damage a bird. I have had to snap a few necks in my time and that is very easy to do.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 31/03/2008 22:01:17 »
LOL I bet that wasn't too pleasant! :(
 

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« Reply #23 on: 31/03/2008 22:15:42 »
NO I am sure it is not even in the case of putting one out of its misery! So sad.. I would have to hire someone.. I can't do it... to much trauma in butchering chickens it had an ill effect on me... so sad and horrible...to see.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 31/03/2008 22:34:40 »
It would be worse if it was a horse or something though.. :( Or a dog.
 

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