I have been lurking for some time but I have finally decided to post as I am getting ready to buy a couple of Rouen Duckies (hens) and had a few questions.
Background - We are buying the ducks for pets and buying two of them so they don't get lonely. If they lay eggs, awesome and we will have tasty duck eggs, if not then we have awesome pets.
I am planning on keeping them inside in a brooder for about 4 - 6 weeks. I will take them outside, let them roam (supervised) and teach them to swim of course, but I don't want them in an outdoor coop until they are at least a month or two old? Is that too long to be inside? (I know they make a mess and I will be ready for that, i am more concerned with weather and predators) We are in San Diego, CA but it can get cold in fall at night.
I had lots of plans for a nice pond and a filtration system, but now I am rethinking this. Since the water will need to be changed regularly regardless of filtration I am thinking about a smaller pond so I don't use so much water when I empty and refill. (we are in a drought after all). Something like a small kiddie pool. Any problem with this plan?
Should the ducks be in a protected run during daylight? the current yard has six foot fences, but is not predator proof by ANY means. The coop I am building will be predator proof. There are coyotes and raccoons, and other things that im sure im not aware of, but are these daytime threats in addition to nocturnal?
How big of a coop? I have the room to build a decent sized coop. I want to build one big enough so they can have a small container of play water in addition to the normal food and drinking water. I am thinking 4 feet wide, by 5 feet long and 5 feet high. I want to be able to have room to move around in there while im doing food and water etc. I plan on using 1/2" plywood and 2x4's for the coop. The windows I want to use a steel mesh to use as windows for ventilation and drainage for the floor under the water.
I think that's about it, please let me know what you think.
Edited by revans2003 - 9/24/15 at 12:35pm