Hi all, I'm new to the forum (and to ducks in general!). I had a few ducks growing up but we ended up giving them away once they were grown. This will be my first attempt with ducks on our own property. We currently have a 5 week old Pekin (I believe female, straight run from TSC) and a 3 week old mystery male duck. Breeder told us it was a blue cayuga but the pictures I've googled makes me think it's a Swedish Blue. He did sex the duck for us and told us it's a male.
Anyway they've been living in a pet taxi and now a plastic bin in my closet at night/bad weather days and a dog pen we've set up in the backyard during nice days. This weekend we want to start to work on a duck coop. We have a small pond we intend on letting them enjoy during the day but we will have a coop/run for them to be put up at night (I have a working border collie who can help me put them away if we can't get them off of the pond with food etc). Any suggestions on accessibility? The pond is not fenced and is in an open-ish field so there won't be any cornering etc to put them away at night. I'd like something big enough that on rainy days they can comfortably/happily stay in their coop/run.
Would like the coop to be as low maintenance cleaning wise as possible. I have 14 horses that take up most of my day ;)
Attached is our mystery duck. Can anyone confirm breed for me?