Originally Posted by wamtazlady
Sorry it took me so long to get back to this. Boy friend was in hospital.
Oh, I hope all is well again.
Concerns...let me start. I read about how much space a chicken needs in a coop all the time. I haven't seen anything on the space ducks and geese need.
I cannot speak for geese, but for ducks, Storey's Guide recommends 4 square feet per duck minimum, if I recall correctly. If they must be confined for extended periods by extreme weather, more is much better, like 6 square feet or so.
Can they even share the same space?
@Miss Lydia has geese, ducks, and chickens, I hope she can check in.
I was planning on building a 4 x 8 shed for them, perhaps dividing off a section for the ducks to keep them separated at night. That is with 4 ducks and 3 geese.
That might work - again it depends on how long they'll need to be inside.
Do their nests go inside the coop or outside? Is one nest enough for 4 ducks and what does a duck nest look like? Again, I've seen goose nests online, not duck nests.
My ducks make their own nests in the bedding. They don't really go for any attempts I have made to build them nests. They like corners, though, so I have attached a couple of 2 ft by 2 ft plywood boards at right angles to the wall of the shelter. They like to lay in those corners.
I also read that at 3 weeks I will need to limit the amount of food I feed the ducks to about 1/3 a pound a day.
Oh, I don't think so. That's too early to limit, from my experience and reading. No need to limit them at all, as far as I know, unless they are gaining weight too quickly and have leg problems. I give my ducks food with water 24/7 - they are 6 years old now (most of them).
I guess that would mean feeding them a little in the morning and the rest in the evening. However, do geese also need to be limited with their feed? If not, then they'll have to be separated at 3 weeks old for awhile.
I don't know about geese.
I'm planning on keeping their food and water outside of their shed. Read that I should dig a hole under their water and use grates to keep them from making a muddy mess around the water. Would something like a tote with lid and holes cut in the sides make a good waterer? They could get their heads and beaks wet but the water would hopefully stay clean for the day. I use a tote with horizontal nipples for the chickens. A stock tank deicer kept their water thawed all winter in Montana. Also plan on a small safe run so that they don't have to be locked into the shed at night. Hardware cloth and electric fencing should help make the run safe. It's worked for the chickens.
I use this.
I really need to get a book on ducks but the local Tractor Supply had none when I looked a couple weeks ago. Is there any book that is best for a newbie duck owner?
There's Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, and The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook. Both are available online. I used Storey's Guide the first couple of years, plus questions to the Duck Forum here. Then I found Majestic Waterfowl rescue, and their books on ducks and geese. I have both the first and second editions of the Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook. The second edition has quite a bit of detailed medical information.
Thank you in advance for helping this newbie.
Welcome to the Duck Forum!