Wasatch Wanderers

Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource

Getting our major start when we rescued over 60 stranded dumped waterfowl at Weber State University, we rescue animals all along the Wasatch Front in Utah. We work with a team of rescues within Utah to find the animals we save, forever, loving homes.

We work as a resource to the public, to remove abandoned pets, and educate the public while we do.

Our goal is to end the serious and illegal act of animal abandonment and abuse and educate the public on ways to properly raise, care and interact with animals.

We offer a public service called Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource, where we offer drafts for custom designed signs for domestic waterfowl education, on things like bread, what to feed, and animal abandonment. We also offer humane removal alternatives to prevent domestic waterfowl culls from happening. Let us help you by saving lives, saving taxpayer dollars and educate the public while we do!

Need help? Get in contact with us at [email protected] or find us on Facebook at Wasatch Wanderers

Let’s Get Educated!

Looking for opportunities to learn?

Here at Wasatch Wanderers besides rescuing animals, one of our main goals is educating with public. Our main goal here at Wasatch Wanderers is to end animal suffering, and one major way we can do that is by education. We offer education on overall animal health, food and care. We offer one on one classes and group classes. Rates vary. Email us at [email protected] for more info or to schedule your class or info call today!

All about Wild Waterfowl in Utah

Are they wild?

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Domestic Ducks

Are they domestic?

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All About Ducks

The Does & Don’ts | Domestics in the Wild

Let’s just get one thing out there:
Domestic animals including ducks DO NOT belong in the wild.
Well just like a dog or even a child, you wouldn’t put them in the woods without any training or survival skills, after all they weren’t meant to survive in the wild. Right?
Well domestic ducks are the same way.
You see most domestic ducks cannot fly more then 10-20 ft off the ground, which means they cannot migrate, which means they have to take any weather that comes their way. And guess what, when predators come, domestic ducks have to rely on water to get away from them, and even then many predators when hungry enough will go in the water.
What about food?
When you are a pet or a child you rely on your owners or parents to feed you. When they don’t, you don’t eat unless you know how to feed yourself, which requires education.
Dumped pet ducks rarely know how to find food on their own and when they do they cannot find enough to sustain the needed calories and body weight when colder temps come and snow covers all their food. Which means they starve to death unless people go out of their way to feed them.
And then they get fed bread.
Which like any food is better then no food.
But bread is like candy to waterfowl.
It gives them very bad nutrition causing wing deformities and death.
You see bread swells in their stomach, making them feel full and so they don’t eat enough and eventually starve to death. And it also gives them a common wing deformity caused ‘Angel Wing’.
What other dangers are there to dumping?
Water disappearing. Public ponds often get cleaned and drained, leaving the ducks stranded, vulnerable and thirsty.
Another one is Public City Ordinances.
If an area gets too overpopulated with domestic ducks, or if someone has a concern or complaint about their well-being, and the city is called, wildlife officials then get called. Here in Utah it’s called APHIS USDA or DWR.
When they get called, they take action, and tell the public (only if asked) that they are ‘removing’ them. “Removing” is a term used to cover up “culling”. Also known as killing. Unfortunately the city doesn’t have the resources to humanely remove, care for and find homes for waterfowl and that’s where our public service Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource comes into play.

So what should you feed domestic ducks?
Waterfowl or chicken feed (you can get this at any country store and even Walmart) , pease, cracked corn, grapes cut in half, bird seed, lettuce, oats and even old food storage grains.

So long story short, please don’t dump your pets because they are not equipped to survive without you.
And if you see dumped domestic waterfowl, feed them, they are hungry. Just don’t feed them bread!
Thank you!
Have questions? Just ask us!

Taking care of pet ducks