Calf hutch and a few ducks

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Post by Robbie » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:04 pm

Do ducks even want to go into coops at night?

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Post by thegawd » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:44 pm

at the old place none of my call ducks would use a coop. I once found the white calls quacking away but couldnt find them... they started shaking n flapping their wings and poofed right out from underneath the snow. go figure LOL. it wasnt until they were locked into the coop during the ai outbreak that any of my calls started using the coop once let out after... but they still seldom used it.

same with the geese... they had a topper for shelter but almost never used it.

Here at the new place, I only have a trio of calls and a trio of geese and they were all locked up in the coop with the chickens for about 6 weeks. ever since I finished the pen and let them out both the ducks and the geese sleep in the coop at night.

So I would think yes they will use the coop if they grow up with one or locked in one for about a month if they never used one beforehand.

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Post by goatgal35 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:53 pm

Sandy's ducks from last Summer live at my place now. She kept them in a coop at night so they were raised to go in. I still have to chase them every night and it's a fight to lock them up. If they can sneak back out they will :)

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Post by SandyM » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:46 pm

My ducks while here willingly retuned to their coop every night at sun down. Never had a duck out past sun down. Never an issue. They followed me everywhere so it was very easy to train them to go to bed. Plus ducks love lavender so I also put lavender down as a 'reward' in their coop. Not that it wasn't pooped all over within 5 mins.

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Post by Doug The Chickenman » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:29 pm

Our ducks go in every night. It does not matter the breed.

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Post by thejonesboy » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:32 pm

I think what GW said is an excellent idea. I've seen hutches used for ducks and geese. What about the calf hutch in a secured predator proof run and let them come and go as they please. Ducks do like to mess around at night.
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