Can ducks learn to use a chicken ramp?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BJ, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    Long story son brought home an orphaned mallard. Please don't tell me that it is illegal, etc...the bottom line is that he brought it home, we sheltered it and gave it food, and it ate and grew, and now we have a responsibility to it. Obviously it was lonely and we put it in the coop with our lone D'uccle. Turns out they became friends and now, when the hen climbs the STEEP ramp to go perch at night, the duckling cries and cries. I have been hesitant to put him in the coop because I'm afraid he will come barrelling out of there in the morning and injure himself. Ducks don't strike me as the type to climb a ramp. We have been letting him go under the shelter of the coop at night, but I know he is scared and lonely.

    Can he learn to use the ramp? His legs are so much different than the chicken (short and stubby...not efficient for walking!!)

    Any suggestions? Appreciate it!
  2. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird Songster

    May 11, 2008
    My call ducks had a ramp in their old pen. Now, in their new pen, they have a ramp to the pool. Ducks can learn to use a ramp, but they can fall off too. So maybe you could put sides to your ramp, so he won't fall off the side. That would work, and you wouldn't have to worry about him getting hurt.
  3. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    If its off the ground the duck will probably not attempt it. Ducks aren't graceful. They can climb little ramps (like into a kiddy pool) but higher steep ones are hard for them. I wouldn't try it. If it falls off and hurts itself you'll feel worse than you do just having to listen to lonely crying at night.
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Can you put some step type thingys on? I have seen my scovys jump onto my steps in the backyard.
  5. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    I'm giving up on the ramp idea. I just wish my son never brought him home. He is just as sweet as can be. I'm secretly hoping he will find a mate and fly away. He is only 6-8 weeks old, we are guessing. Just a big ole baby...

    It is better for him to sleep below the coop. He is safe, as it is fully enclosed. I know he is safe, and he stops crying when it gets dark. BantyHugger, I agree with what you are saying.

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