Success....Okay, Partial Success. I went out to put the pulletts in for the night and they were already on their roosts in the coop. The Ducks on the other hand just do not want to go up that ramp and into the coop...They are still outside in the run spending the night outside the coop. I'll probably have to build them a small box coop for the coming winter.
I went out at 5:00pm today to check on the flock and fill their waterer and the entire flock, including the ducks, was already in the run and napping in the shade. So I gave them fresh water and topped off the feed hopper and closed the run. My wife and I then went to Greeley to look at a new Washer/Dryer (she found what she was looking for and is very happy)...then I took my beautifull wife out to dinner.
We came home after dark-thirty and I went out to round up the girls and put them to bed for the night and awesome upon awesome....they were already there. It was such a good feeling to see them all in the coop and sitting side by side on the roost. It just warmed my heart. They have water and feed in the coop with them...they are very content.
As for the ducks, growing up I have only ever had small flocks of ducks and they were always free ranged and kept in small box coops at night. A box Coop is just like the name implies, its a very simple structure at ground level and there is no ramp. My ducks would wander the land all day feeding forageing and swimming and they have always put themselves to bed in these types of coops. The other thing is I have never had Swedish Blues before (just Pekins & Rouens), so maybe this is a breed thing that I'm dealing with. At any rate, I am at a loss as to how to get ducks to go up a ramp and put themselves in the coop at night. Dang those ducks...But at least the pullets are now putting themselves to bed (we'll see if they will do it for 3 nights in a row).
So anybody have any ideas about how to get a duck to go up a ramp?? I am all ears...