Automatic door opener

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by start living, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. start living

    start living In the Brooder

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    Hello,

    I want my ducks to be outside during the day and locked in their pen at night, so I installed an automatic door opener. Right now, I use the door opener manually, I lure them into the pen at dusk by feeding them in there to get them accustomed to stay in there during the night. In the morning I let them out. However, I don't know how to make them go inside on their own. I'm pretty sure they would stay outside, if I wouldn't come and feed them. Does anyone use an automatic door opener with ducks succesfully?
     
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  2. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

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    I don't use an auto door, but I don't think the ducks would ever learn to come back at night. When I had my first batch of ducks I had to herd them to their pen every night for 2 years!
     
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  3. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    Thats funny as soon as its dusk mine go to the coop and even sit in the same spot in the coop
     
  4. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    Lucky you!
     
  5. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    Weird because i did nothing to encourage it
     
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  6. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    I was so sick of having to go on a duck hunt every night, so I gave them to a friend, and this year we built a HUGE duck pen and they stay in there. In the spring I might try some purina 1 net fences NON- electrified
     
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  7. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    I wonder if It matters what the breed of duck is? what breed do you have?
     
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  8. Jpat

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    My muscovie was hard to get inside she had a mind of her own. But it doesnt matter
     
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  9. crazy4ChickensNducks

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    I had pekins, they were not the brightest
     
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  10. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    Mine do too! I think the dark makes them uncomfortable and they want to feel the safety of their coop.
     

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