House Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Cha Cha Chicken, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chirping

    Sep 5, 2010
    Okay, I know this may sound totally insane, but.....
    I was wondering if it would work to have my ducks ( a couple days old at the moment) to sleep in the house in a set up area when they grow up
    and then be able to go outside during the day.
    anyone have experience with this?
    anything helps!
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    you would be very surprised at how many have house ducks one comes to mind go to Google custom search top right of this page and type in Nettie, not only will you read about her house ducks but you'll also see all the stuff she makes to make it easier for you to have them little quackers inside.. Post pics of the little ones sometime we all love to see pics..
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I have six spoiled house ducks and can help you and answer any questions you might have. It can be a little scary at first, but they are great pets indoors and out! Feel free to PM anytime!

    I'm still working on it, but hopefully by April we'll have a whole section of duckling care for house bound ducks! I'm-a working on it! [​IMG]

    The best thing to remember right off the bat is, if you want to keep a duck or two in the house (I recommend no less than two), you'll need to bond well to your ducks. If the are imprinted on humans this will be easier, but it is not impossible for a non human imprinted duck to love a human as well.

    This will sound cruel, but after many tries myself, it is the best way- separate them into different brooders. We used big plastic containers. Separating them (but give them a mirror so they aren't too lonely, and stuffed animals and toys help too) makes them rely on you (or the person the duck is to belong to) and to bond to you. Picking the duckling up many many many times a day and holding them, petting them, getting them used to you fussing with their feet and wings and bill are all good exercises to practice (so if you ever have a problem they will be okay and calm while being examined). Let them lay with you and snuggle with you whenever you are just sitting down to watch TV. We used to drag their brooders all over the house so they were always with someone. We use to let them take supervised baths together, but that was the only time they saw each other until they were fully feathered. My two most bonded and well behaved ducks Victor and Ming Mei, were separated until they were 8 weeks old (they could see each other once they hit four weeks and could stand tall enough to see each other) and they were always kept in the same room. I even snuggled with both of them at times. And they took baths together, otherwise they were in their own houses. Once they were old enough, I build a 4x7ft indoor pen for them. The second two oldest, Vinny and Ollie I got when they were 8 months old (they were dumped on me and we took them in), took a long time for them to even trust us. Vinny is very sweet and tends to love everyone while Ollie only loves my boyfriend Joe (aka Duck_feeder, who you can also feel free to PM). They were put together at around 6 weeks old from what I was told. The youngest of our bunch, Moxy and Norie lived separate until they were about 4 weeks old and then were allowed to live together in a bigger brooder. They were not allowed to live with the older ducks until they were over 12 weeks old. Norie is similar to Vinny, loving just about everyone and Moxy is a lot like Ollie, loving only her dad.

    Once they are bonded, keeping up with picking them up, hgging them, holding them, letting them hang out with you keeps the bond strong. My ducks live indoors in a big pen taking up a whole bedroom most of the time. We made it out of Ikea cabinet frames. When it's nice out, above 55 degrees and we can watch them (we got hawks in the city of Chicago) they get to go outside in our mini backyard to play if they want. Usually only 3-4 want to go on any given day. They always come inside for their baths and always sleep in their pen in their room (of course after getting their treats). We have all girls so we don't have to worry about babies, but we still get a broody snooty every now and then.
  4. Duck Mad

    Duck Mad Chirping

    Mar 13, 2011
    I love house ducks [​IMG] all ducks can be clever, but house ducks there is a far better bond! ... My two females are outside in the day but their night bed is in the kitchen (an indoor rabbit cage) .. Join the day they forever pop in and out of my house, sometimes i look around the garden and the ducks have vanished, then i find them in their bed in the kitchen lol
    The only thing is, you forever need to clean up poops.. But i dont see that as a problem, because they are well worth the effort of looking after [​IMG]
  5. Lamar Estate

    Lamar Estate Songster

    Mar 3, 2011
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    My drake Bunsen and duck Beaker are currently living in my guest bathroom. They were supposed to live outside in the coop with the chickens, but I didn't like seeing them constantly poke the chickens. We caved in and decided to let them live in the bathroom at least for the winter. (We're hoping to build a duck coop and run this spring, but I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to sleep inside at night.)

    The ducks love it. They can jump in the bathtub anytime. The floor isn't slippery since we keep large bath towels on the floor. (This means at least 2 loads of towel laundry a day.)

    We got Bunsen and Beaker as adults. It took a few weeks for each of them to get really comfortable with us. This was obtained by spending LOTS of time with them. They now will sleep resting their beaks on our face or sleep next to our heads on the pillows. Throughout the day, we still sit down or lie on the floor with them for hours.

    We also have three 11 day old ducklings of theirs. (Two just jumped on the keyboard (they love to peck at the mouse arrow.)) We're doing to the same things with them, just at an earlier age.

    Good luck. They are a lot of fun!
  6. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chirping

    Sep 5, 2010
    wow, thanks everyone!
    great info.
    I will post pics of Voodoo Baby and Beatrix today and tomorrow.
  7. Cha Cha Chicken

    Cha Cha Chicken Chirping

    Sep 5, 2010
    sorry, meant today OR tomorrow [​IMG]

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