Housing small flock of Ancona Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by carolynm, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. carolynm

    carolynm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am building a structure to house my bantam chickens, ancona ducks,and sheep. I plan on having a greenhouse structure on one side where the chicken, duck and greenhouse will be and then the other side will be a sheep shed.

    How much space should I allow for about 10 ancona ducks? I plan on having a house, pen and then a yard. They will be closed in the house/pen at night time and will have access to the yard during the day. My chickens will be in a separate space.

    I've seen about 3-5 square foot per ducks but that would only be 30-50 square feet for the bunch-does that sound about right? Would a pen of 5x10 be about right if they go out in a yard during the day?
     
  2. ducklover87

    ducklover87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends. What's or weather going to be like come winter? I'm on a tablet so I can't see where your from. But if they are ever going to be inside for longer than just overnight then go with more space. I'd go with 6 sq ft and if you get bad winter weather than I'd go with 9 sq ft.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd do at least 10X10 for the pen. ducks can get rather grumpy when all grouped tightly. Weather does play a role as mentioned, for us we can have horrible days where no one goes out, so housing has to accommodate that.
     
  4. carolynm

    carolynm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rotten winter days are not too worrisome-as that's part of the reason I plan on having their pen as part of the greenhouse-they can go romp in there most of the winter (I don't plan on heating the greenhouse so there won't be anything for them to mow down). I want a door on one end where they can go into an outside yard, and on the other I'd like to put door I can raise or lower to low them access to the greenhouse.

    I think I may make a couple pens on one end of the greenhouse so that I can separate ducks as needed. What would efficient size pens be to allow separation? I plan on keeping about 5 or 6 hen ducks and then 1 or 2 drakes (I only really need one drake but would like a backup in case something were to happen to him). I also have 3 call ducks that need to be accomodated in the plan (though they are with chickens now and might just stay with them).
     

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