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Do you leave food and water in the coop at night?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fuzzy8, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my ducks are older I'm debating on keeping food in water in the coop At night? I would have food and water in there run all day but when I lock them up at night I would remove the food and water to keep down on the mess? I have 4 ducks and 3 chickens that are all being raised together from day one. And info or tip would help.
     
  2. fourkidsandduck

    fourkidsandduck Out Of The Brooder

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    I would not worry about the food as much as the water. The ducks will be able to survive 12 hours without a meal. The water I would leave, especially with summer just around the bend. I have the privilege of not having to lock my Muscovies up a night. I do when they are little though, they are a perfect snack for a great horned owl. When they are locked up, I always leave water.
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are going to continue having them in the same coop, I'd skip food and water at night. The ducks still make a mess with water at night and the chickens may not be so thrilled with that setup.
     
  4. tmorgan46

    tmorgan46 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After 3 or 4 weeks of having to clean the coop daily, I removed both water and feed in the coop at night. This has reduced the mess in the coop significantly. I let them all stay out until it's after dark, I'm usually out with them, giving treats or just getting my own therapy. They spend between 8 to 9 hours in the coop at the most and I haven't had any trouble at all. I pulled the plug and went cold turkey on the change. One night there was feed and water and the next night there wasn't. No one complained a bit. :)
    They're happy as clams with no formal complaints sent to management...
    Your mileage may vary.
     
  5. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't offer food or water in the coop and they do fine. If you want to offer water and not worry about the ducks making a mess with it, they can learn to use the nipple waterers.
     
  6. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I think I'm going to opt out on doing food and water and maybe just mount a nipple feeder for night. My coop is 6x7 inside and I don't want to be cleaning it every day
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    This keeps the bedding from getting wet.
     
  8. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like that idea
     

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