2019 House Duck Owners!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kkrista123, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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    Hello to my fellow House Duck Keepers!
    Let's start a thread for us! Everything house poultry related. Anyone can join in from a partial house duck owner, previous house duck owner or current house duck owner! Chickens and all poultry indoor keepers too! Tips, questions, pictures EVERYTHING! How do you make indoor housing work? (Pen, room etc.)

    It is not an easy task keeping up with house ducks but if we share our idea's that work best, we can all have the best of the best methods!

    A balanced diet for a house duck is a little more complicated to maintain because we need to offer a wide variety. What foods do you feed to keep your ducks nutritional needs up?


    Let's start the list of house duck owners!
    @Kkrista123 with Gil
    @MarlyMonster with Penny
    @Goldfire7
    @Raenh
    @Dandy's mom
     
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  2. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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    Here is my beautiful girl, Gil! She started flying around 3 months old and egg laying around 5 and a half months old. She is currently 7 months old and was born in late August of 2018.
    She has her pen that she can stay in if she is home alone, although she usually is never alone. I use blankets and towels over a rubber bottom (or plastic if the rubber is out of commission at that moment) for bedding that get's washed and changed as needed.
    For a balanced diet, I constantly offer age appropriate duck feed and in a separate bowl she has cracked corn/grit/oyster shell that she picks at as she pleases. I also offer veggies just about daily usually along with her daily bath. She also get's a treat of either quack snacks or meal worms which she prefers and it also offers protein. I use acv once a month or every other month for all of it's benefits.

    I try to get her outside as much as possible but she doesn't like the cold or snow.


     
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  3. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Quack!

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    Cool thread! :woot
     
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  4. MarlyMonster

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    This is a great idea, I love this!!

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    This is Penny! (Picture from a couple weeks ago)

    She’s a 6 week old Muscovy duck. Her brother just passed away so she’s currently a single house ducky.

    She occupies a room in my finished basement that I turned into “duck paradise”!

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    This was my first set up. It has since upgraded away from painters cloth and I took the rubber puzzle mat away too. She’s currently standing on Home Depot indoor/outdoor mats but that was mainly because her brother was special needs and needed a non-slip surface to stand on. Will be going back to pee pads or painters cloth!

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    She has a cat tent from the dollar store as little shelter which they LOVED!! She doesn’t use it as much now that her brother is gone, he was mainly in them and she would join. She’s pretty much always in “the condo” which is the box with zippers. The top one is usually closed. Bought from a store called Miniso, it’s just a storage box but we use it for our cats as well! Super handy and with a towel in there super easy to clean.

    As for diet, she’s on masterfeeds duck grower (16% protein) mash and gets unlimited fruits and veggies all day that she'll pick at (fresh cucumber, corn and peas from a can, bell peppers, blueberries, watermelon (just give her a big chunk to pick at!), she gets grit thrown into one of her bowls once a day, and I try to give her high protein treats on occasion like live fishies, raw salmon, raw beef, and as treats I use dried mealworms, and mealworms, crickets, grasshoppers from a can.

    I’ll add more when I think of it!
     
  5. MarlyMonster

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    Oh oh tip for feed bowls!

    I use these ceramic bowls from dollar store that are meant to put under plant pots. They’re heavy so they cant be knocked over! (well, unless your duck is super talented lol)

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  6. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    love the pictures!
     
  7. Goldfire7

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    These are my duckies and chickens. The rooster you see in the picture was given rid of, he was so loud inside the house as you can imagine. I purchased chickens from Tractor Supply and he ended up in the box of hens I got. Loved him but couldn't do it you know?

    My ducks love love love unsalted canned corn straight from my hand. They will gobble it up in seconds and even beg for it every time they see a can of anything that looks like a can of corn. They also love dried mealworms like it was a drug.

    Their main food is 16% Layer feed, I have 9 ducks and 4 chickens total, Two males and Four female adult Ducks, my three ducklings I don't know about yet. Hopefully girls. And of course female chickens.

    They all live in my basement, Crazy huh? Well I love them and will share my house with them, they don't stink and make me happy, stressful at times but that's part of the job.
    These are old pictures so the basement you see has been re-done since and will be re-done again and probably again and again because they need more room.

    I have four White Layers that I hatched myself, eggs through the mail from Cali, two Buff Orpington ducks that came through the mail from Cali, two Buff chickens and two Wyandottes that came from TSC. Oh, and also the three new White Layer ducklings that I hatched (children of the first White Layers I hatched.)

    And I have a pigeon. He or she flew to my house and landed on my porch roof. I called for it and put my hand out and it flew down and landed on me and never left so I just kept it. I know it was someone else's but I figured if it wanted to come to me the way it did than it must have meant to be. I keep it in my room with me. I think shes a girl, not sure.
    And I have two Turtles and cats and dogs. I'm running a farm here ?!?!

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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    Beautiful Birds! Do you know what breed your Pigeon is she is lovely?
     
  9. Goldfire7

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    No I'm not sure but I want to find out. I see there is a pigeon area in the forums maybe they would know.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    I know a Pigeon owner lets see if we can get her attention @WVduckchick
     

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