Hello all, first question as newbie ;)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CandylandRanch, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. CandylandRanch

    CandylandRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2014
    Hello everyone! This is my first official post in BYC! My name is Chelsea. Born and raised in MI. I have a wonderful husband, Ingo (that's German), and we have three daughters. And as of this past may, we have 11 hens (5 Easter eggers, 6 buff orps), 1 rooster (Easter egger) and two pekin ducks (male and female aka Django and Broomhilda). We are new to poultry, but avid animal lovers and also very into gettin back to the simple kind of life.

    I learned a ton on BYC before officially joining, and I figured, why go this journey alone?? I could share it will you guys !! So here I am.

    First order of business: my first official question.. All my little honeys live together in a large shed that was converted into a coop with a large attached run. They all go out in the morning and get locked up at night. I have yet to put nest boxes in (but plan to do so this week), and this had me wondering about a nest for my female duck. So I have read that she will make her own basically.. I know she won't be laying for a while, but wouldn't she like some straw to make a bed out of now ? And will her and the drake sleep next to each other in this bed ? And if and when she decides to lay, will she do so in this bed? Or is a nest and a bed two different things for a duck ? I guess I want to know should I just throw her some straw or build a nest box? And if this nest box/ bed should be large enough for the drake to sleep in it with her (if this is the case).Thanks to all!!
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you joined us. Don't know about ducks, but if you don't get the answers you need on that subject, the post the question under the duck forum and bet those with experience can help.
  3. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I never really thought about ducks sleeping together but, I'm sure I will now. I'll have to drop in on the duck threads and find out for myself when I have a chance. You can find the duck threads at "Other backyard poultry" forum which includes geese, guineas, quail, peafowl, emus, and other 'ordinary' birds.[​IMG] Welcome to the flock.
  6. CandylandRanch

    CandylandRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2014
    Thank you everyone, I'll head on over to the duck area and see what I can find [​IMG]
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I don't know anything about ducks either. Good luck with your babies and welcome to our flock!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I don't know much about ducks, but if you post this question in the Duck thread, people there should be able to help. [​IMG]
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

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