How big shiould my duck coop be?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenphile, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. chickenphile

    chickenphile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We entered the wacky world of raising ducks. We recently got 2 Indian runners, 2 pekins and 1 rouen ducklings. In the bator are 15 eggs of Welsh Harlequins. What dimensions should I be considering for a duck pen and run for them assuming a 50% hatch rate on the eggs? Do they need a water source for swimming also?


    Thanks
    Chris
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    You do the math, they need 3 square feet per bird minimum. and no, 3 square feet does not mean a square with 3 ft on each side that is 3x3 =9 square feet. Bigger is usually better the ducks can always use extra space and most owners usually end up with more ducks than they planned on:rolleyes:
    No they don't require a pool but they will enjoy the heck out of one. if no pool they require a water source that they can dip their whole head into to prevent eye and beak problems. they will splash water out on their backs to take a shower rather than a bath. The puddle and mess this will make will make you wish you had a pool instead.
     
  3. kwack

    kwack Out Of The Brooder

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks recommends 2.5 - 4 sq.ft. of floor space per duck in a house that can be secured at night for predator protection. If they are to be kept in continuously during severe weather 6 -8 sq.ft. is recommended. An additional 10-25 sq.ft per duck is recommended for yard or run space.

    Good luck and have fun.[​IMG]
     

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