How long to keep runner ducks locked up before free ranging?

Callender Girl

Crossing the Road
Sep 18, 2018
North Central Iowa
I also understand the guilt thing. I forgot to close a coop door one night, and a mink came in and killed three of my four original hens.

Humans make mistakes, forget things, underestimate threats, fail to anticipate every single thing that could possibly go wrong. We just have to try to do our best and celebrate our successes.

Miss Lydia

~Gift of God ~ Eternal Life ~John 3:16
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Oct 3, 2009
Mountains of Western N.C.
Oh my gosh, one evening I closed everyone up for the night and went out next morning and there was one of my hens standing outside the coop to greet me. How she managed to live through the night with the predators we have. So now I have a headcount every evening. Sometimes 2-3 times to makes sure everyone is accounted for. I was so upset with myself. I've lost some chickens over the years from them flying out of the fence and getting picked off during the day. That was sad enough.
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