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Mommysongbird

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Do ducks go inside normally at night or just before nightfall?

We have 1 mallard who is with "her" brood of bantam chicks. They are all about 7-8 weeks old and have just gone out in the small coop a few days ago. The chicks all want to stay with Mochi (the mallard duck) and she doesn't seem to want to go into the coop. How can we get her to start going in so the chicks will follow? One chick is going in on her own, but the other 4 stay with "momma" and we have to round them up and one by one put them in the coop and Mochi is ALWAYS the last one to go in.

Will she ever go in by herself???
 

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Do ducks go inside normally at night or just before nightfall?

We have 1 mallard who is with "her" brood of bantam chicks. They are all about 7-8 weeks old and have just gone out in the small coop a few days ago. The chicks all want to stay with Mochi (the mallard duck) and she doesn't seem to want to go into the coop. How can we get her to start going in so the chicks will follow? One chick is going in on her own, but the other 4 stay with "momma" and we have to round them up and one by one put them in the coop and Mochi is ALWAYS the last one to go in.

Will she ever go in by herself???
can you put food and water inside, I know it's messy but maybe one way of getting mama motivated into going inside and taking her babies in. or throwing something like dried mealworms or thawed peas inside, something mama really likes.
 

Mommysongbird

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can you put food and water inside, I know it's messy but maybe one way of getting mama motivated into going inside and taking her babies in. or throwing something like dried mealworms or thawed peas inside, something mama really likes.

I actually did food today and going to put water in for the night, it's raining here, so the chicks (these are bantam chickens in case your wondering) have not been out much and Mochi has not been happy with that. I will put in some pees and I have some mealworms as well
 

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I actually did food today and going to put water in for the night, it's raining here, so the chicks (these are bantam chickens in case your wondering) have not been out much and Mochi has not been happy with that. I will put in some pees and I have some mealworms as well
Hopefully it will work, but being as she has chicks as babies be very careful she doesn't try teaching them to swim, and we're getting the rain too
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Mommysongbird

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Hopefully it will work, but being as she has chicks as babies be very careful she doesn't try teaching them to swim, and we're getting the rain too
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Thanks and yeah, I HOPE she doesn't try to teach them to swim. My big chickens love water and they love to walk in the water pan they have in their run or even sit in it sometimes. They range in age from 8 months to 2 years. We have 2 more baby ducks, but they are only about 3 weeks old, Pekins that we are probably going to keep, so I hope that they will be welcomed into the flock. Mochi was NOT happy when we got them, she was very territorial.
 

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Thanks and yeah, I HOPE she doesn't try to teach them to swim. My big chickens love water and they love to walk in the water pan they have in their run or even sit in it sometimes. They range in age from 8 months to 2 years. We have 2 more baby ducks, but they are only about 3 weeks old, Pekins that we are probably going to keep, so I hope that they will be welcomed into the flock. Mochi was NOT happy when we got them, she was very territorial.
Go by introductions slowly and they will be accepted. it just takes time.
 

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