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Ducks and Turkeys - Can they free range together and go back home at night?

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I want to have one coop for ducks and one coop for turkeys.  Each morning, I want to let them all out to free range in the barnyard.  But that got me thinking, how will I be able to get them back in their separate coops each night?  It seems like when I try to get the ducks in their coop by offering them food, the turkeys will come in as well.  And vice versa.  Will I have to alternate days and not let them both out at the same time?  How does this work?  

 

I am new to all this, so please dont make assumptions that I know anything.  

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Welcome to BYC! So glad you could join! :)

 

Birds are complex that way. They love their treats. I would suggest locking them in their individual coops and feeding them there each night. Then, in the evening, they should return to the coop that they know is home. As long as they don't know that the other has something special to offer they will likely return to their own. I learned this why I tried to train a flock of 5 chickens to go into my main barn and get out of the shed. They still walk to that shed each night, even when it is snowing, cold, warm, ect. They don't care they just walk to the main barn and live there all day, eating, drinking, perching, ect, they don't think about about that. That's the nice thing, a bird will imprint on where it is raised/kept and after around a week or so of being locked in they can be released to forage.

 

I hope this helps. Best of luck!

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