We have 9 lovely Muscovies (5 months old) that prefer our pond at night over their snug, secure, predator-proof coop.
My question: if I clip their wings are they more likely to go into their coop at night? Right now we are given the glorious spectacle of watching them sore over our field down to their pond each morning, but I am very willing to sacrifice such aesthetic beauty to reduce the stress of having them out all night at risk to hungry fox, owls, etc. My only fear in clipping their wings is that they still will not come into the coop at night and then they will be at a severe disadvantage unable to fly away from predators. They have spent a lot of nights out on our pond but with winter coming I'm concerned the hunting will pick up more.
I've tried not feeding them all day and only feeding at night to get them into the coop but so far have not had much luck getting all of them in at the same time - I nearly always have a few independent stragglers.
Thanks in advance for any help.
PS. Our 4 Dutch Hookbills (also 5 months old) just started staying out at night as well, so the question applies to them too.