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do ducks sleep the entire night?

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ive noticed as soon as my birds go into the coop at night the chickens fall right to sleep, the goose is always awake, and sometimes the duck is awake sometimes she is asleep.  so do ducks sleep the whole night through like chickens or do they tay awake through part of it like geese?  and do the sleep with their head tucked in their wings?

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post #2 of 9

as evidenced by the poop all over, mine don't sleep all night. At least not yet.

post #3 of 9

Mine used to sleep through the night, when they were very little.  From what I have seen and heard, my ducks (runners) are nappers.  They sleep a few hours, bills tucked under wings, perhaps cooing a little, then they are up looking around.

I smiled to see your question today, because last night, for the first time in a long time, if ever, my duck Sechs woke up around 2:30 a.m. feeling very chatty.  Not yelling, not alarmed, just chatting.  Around 3 a.m. I decided to try turning out their night light (in the past when I have tried this, mayhem ensued).  Click, off the light.  I waited.  After a bit, her chatter subsided and then stopped.  No mayhem.  Good night, duck sweeties.

Tonight I think we will try going without the light all night.

Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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post #4 of 9

Yup mine are nappers. Up for a while, sleep, wake-up and fool around some more, lol. Most of the time they're pretty quiet at night, but every once in a while they decide to throw a party! lol

2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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post #5 of 9

LOL!! I don't think mine EVER sleep! Night or day! There are always a couple of them awake cause I hear them all day and all night. The girls are real talkers. They are Pekin and Pekin mixes. Now the muscovies, on the other hand, are quiet of course. I do see the babies sleeping sometimes.

8 Muscovies, 1 Cayuga, 1 Black Swedish, 2 Muscovy/Pekin mixes, 2 purebred Pekins. Also three dogs (German Shepherd, German Shepherd/Collie Mix, Lab/Chow mix), LOTS of cats (I have a feral colony that I manage).  I am wife to a very patient, wonderful, understanding, loving husband, and mom to a fantastic teenage son.

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8 Muscovies, 1 Cayuga, 1 Black Swedish, 2 Muscovy/Pekin mixes, 2 purebred Pekins. Also three dogs (German Shepherd, German Shepherd/Collie Mix, Lab/Chow mix), LOTS of cats (I have a feral colony that I manage).  I am wife to a very patient, wonderful, understanding, loving husband, and mom to a fantastic teenage son.

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post #6 of 9
I know this is an old thread but I bring my ducks into their quack crate at dusk (cause I lost one to a coon attack) into my basement. Once the 5 are tucked in they are quiet until daybreak. I have 3 hens and 2 drakes. ...all are different breeds. Just wanted to put it out there that my ducks sleep through the night....are out during the day..nap a little during the day but forage, swim and dig around and play.
post #7 of 9
Horses for courses.
Some of my girls sleep all night others get up and mooch around every now and then.

However since splitting my ducks up due to babies (mum dad and ducklings in old coop and new coop bought to move my Campbells and 1 call into) arriving; my Campbell called Creamy has started to hold her poop in all night (record is 11hours so far!).
I think she likes her new coop so much that she refuses to mess it up smile.png
My other Campbell called Bonkers doesn't mess it up either as she refused to stop sleeping with her chicken friends when the time came - so she's in the third coop still!
post #8 of 9
My Muscovies tend to take naps, especially during the day, but it seems like they are very alert at night.
post #9 of 9
We have 2 Pekins and a mMllard. They nap through out the day, up for a while nap for a bit, then up having a party all over again. However at night, lights out, they go to sleep and sleep for the most part all night. As if scared of the dark.
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