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Rouen Ducklings will not stay in Duck House!

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Hello all,
I have 11 Rouen ducklings that I had to get outside.  They are almost 4 weeks old, and spent the first few days in a brooder in my bedroom (had enough of THAT very quickly) then the next 3 weeks in a pen in my shed.  I am new to ducks and was told how messy they could be, but honestly didn't realize the extent of the mess (and smell!).  I was going insane mucking out the pen every day (sometimes twice a day) so on Tuesday outside they went.  Hubby penned in an area of the yard with chicken wire, and we put a large doghouse in the pen so they could get out of the rain/cold if they needed to.

For the past two days it has been quite chilly and we have had lots of rain. 
My ducks refuse to stay in the duckhouse, and instead huddle together on the grass!  I have put their food in the house, and they will go in to eat, but then come right back out.

The ducks would stay warm and dry inside the house, if only they would use it!

Should I be worried, or is this just a duck thing?

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Its a duck thang!  I've read somewhere that ducks really don't LIKE to be enclosed.  Mine also only go into their shelter for food.  Ducks also are very tolerant to cold and rain.  They really enjoy the rain.  Think about it, they're wearing a permanent down coat so they really won't get cold.  I had mine out at 3 weeks in 25 degree weather and they didn't care a bit.  Also, think about ducks in the wild.  They do just fine!

See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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post #3 of 4
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Thank you, that makes me feel a lot better!
I just love those ducks and was worried about them, as it can still dip down into the mid 30s here at night.  Hearing yours were fine is a relief!

My husband said the same thing "What do you think wild ducks do?"
LOL! smile

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LOL

My ducks have a covered pen with a nice cozy hutch inside. It took WEEKS for my two younger ducks to even go in there when they first got to hang with the big duck.

They may end up using it eventually. Or not big_smile

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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