- Sep 27, 2009
We have 4 females. We built them a coop and run complex that includes a stream and pond. The complex is pretty predator safe on all sides. For a number of weeks they were tucking themselves into the coop at sundown. We'd go out, close up the door, and let them back out in the morning. About a week ago, my 6 yo daughter decided she was going to put them in the coop herself. Ever since then, the ducks refuse to go in the coop by themselves. They'll go in if someone goes out and leads them or puts them in, but otherwise they are spending the entire night outside of the coop, but in the enclosure. I'm not sure what to do about this. I don't want the quacking early in the morning and waking the neighbors. Also, they aren't laying yet, but I imagine we'll be more successful at gathering eggs if they spend their nights in the coop. Also, once the weather gets colder, I worry that being out of the coop at night will not be good for them. I'd appreciate some advice on what to do. For the past couple of nights we've been putting them in, but that seems just to reinforce the idea that they don't need to put themselves in. Will they eventually start doing this on their own again? Thanks in advance for any advice.