I am new to owning ducks and was wondering the best approach to get them to enter their roost at night. They are currently in with my chickens because of the bitterly cold temps (-6) here in Wisconsin. I did build them a separate area under the stoop to the chicken coop (access to the right of the steps) and will transfer thmm overy to the "quack shack" when temps warm. Currently, every evening my 5 y.o. daughter and I have to wrangle the 5 ducks and physically place them in the coop. It's great exercise and a bit fun (more so for my daughter), but I'm sure it will get old quickly. Any advice on how to "train" them to go to roost would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Put food in the house. Especially treats. I put a dog crate in my ducks pen that I had a little nesting box in. They were very leary of the crate (it was something new to them) so I put a trail of peas into the box ending at a bowl of peas with scratch mixed in. They followed the peas inside and have continued to go into the crate to lay their eggs and when it gets below freezing (which isn't often in Texas).