Do automatic coop doors work for ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Borgia, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Borgia

    Borgia Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2015
    I have a Peking and 2 runners. I was thinking of getting an automatic door like I have seen for chickens but not sure if ducks will go in on their own. Any ideas?
  2. No....Not a good plan...Ducks are not Chickens...:).....They do not go in at bed time without being put in..;).....

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017
  3. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    My Khaki Campbells go back into their coop every night once it goes dark, on their own........although that's not 'normal duck behaviour' ;)...... It MIGHT be possible to train them to go in at dusk (although they would expect lots of mealworms as rewards).

    I know that "Flyte So Fancy" (although it is a UK based company, they would probably ship) do special duck doors, which require you to herd them in and shut them in yourself at night, and it lets them out in the morning for you.
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  4. Your Ducks are very young if I am correct?...;)
  5. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    No- I bought them at an auction when they were already a few years old, and very wild..... When I herded them in at nights I'd just call "Gus, Grace Bedtime!" and after a while they just got the idea themselves.
  6. jofanx

    jofanx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2015
    If you keep the light on in the coop, then yes, they'll go in once it's dark outside. I had ducks at three different times in my life and they all went in this way without being trained. However, they don't go in at dusk, only once it's night-time dark. I wish they did since their main predator (an owl that lives in the woods behind my house) comes out at dusk. So I have to herd them into their covered run an hour before sunset. Then sometimes after dark, I go out and close the coop door. They're all in it by that time. (Had muscovies, pekins, cayugas, now muscovy again and same deal.)
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @Tevyes Dad
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  8. room onthebroom

    room onthebroom Flock Master

    May 4, 2015
    I see this thread is a few months old. What did you ultimately decide to do? I have an auto door & my Swedish Blue duck absolutely goes in by herself. It took me 4-5 days of herding her in every night for her to get it, but once learned, she goes in whether the coop lights are on or not.
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  9. BIG NO......Do not work with Ducks....
  10. lomine

    lomine Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    I have an automatic door that is set to open at a certain time in the morning and closes automatically when it gets dark. My ducks go in the coop before the door closes with no light on in the coop. It took a couple of days to train them with mealworms to go in but it wasn't hard. Automatic doors can be used with ducks.

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