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Help!!! All duck ppl......

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cjeanean, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Didn't see anything in the FAQ, so I'm wondering how much space ducks need inside a pen. Also, I don't know if I have hawks here, but I'm wondering if I need to close the top of the pen. I have three ducks, their pen is 10X20, I have a 142 gal tank in there for them to swim in, also a large plastic doghouse. Should I make it bigger, or is that enough room??? If I get any more ducks they will be to eat, nothing more, so the max I'll have is these three. Should I close the top off???? Any other suggestions??? Thanks!!!

    Christina
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Only mallards tend to fly out of runs. So until you actually have a problem, I wouldn't worry about the top.

    10x20 will work. But, it will be entirely mud very quickly. If at all possible, find places they can explore during the day then back to bed in the run at night. Otherwise, it will be a quagmire pretty quickly.

    The tank is plenty big (I provide 10 gallon tanks for my waterfowl to drink and bathe). Just be extremely careful at first. Are you getting adult ducks? Ducklings can drown very easily prior to being fully feathered. I wouldn't consider having a tank that large available to them until at a minimum 8 weeks old.
     
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    they are about 9 wks right now....they've been in the bathtub for an hour or so today, because they make a big mess in their box and I haven't had their pen ready.....thanks for the info....so the top should be okay??? I have a pekin, an ancona, and a khaki campbell....I'm worried about predators, not about them flying away.....I'm also burying their fence a good 6 inches or more to prevent the fox I saw last week from eating my ducks....should that be enough??? Or should I put metal stakes in the ground too???
     
  4. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:What kind of ducks are they? My Muscovies need a lot of room or the drake will kill other, younger males. In addition, they are very good flyers & tree (roosting ducks). So they either need a covered run or their wings clipped. [​IMG]
     
  5. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Quote:I don't know what their genders are, but like I said their pen is 10x20....I only have three, and if I want any more it will just be for meat, I'm not raising any more water pigs [​IMG] as pets or for eggs.. (unless I find I can make a fortune off of them LOL!!!)
     
  6. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really would cover the top. After having a great horned owl decapitate a duck, and a racoon climb into a pen and rip all of my ducks apart... I highly recommend it!
     
  7. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    I was wondering about things climbing in....do you thing burying the fence 6+ inches is good enough??? I have a lot of tree roots in the area where their pen is, and I couldn't dig any further down.....
     

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