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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Luvmyducks, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    When you lock ducks up in their house over night without their food/water what time do you shut their door and what time do you open it in the morning to let them out? Wondering how long they can go at night without food and water. Mine seem to eat and swim at night in their run so I am feeling guilty of thinking about locking them up in a house overnight.

  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Songster

    Jul 6, 2011
    pittsburgh, PA
    it gets dark here around 8:30 so all the animals go to bed around that time.
    make feed available around 7:30 (or an hour before they go to bed) and the ducks will soon learn to eat at this time.
    as for letting them out in the morning, i would say to let them out when you wake up. or as early as you can after the sun is up.
  3. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    My ducks have food & water 24/7.... Don't forget that if they do have food or free range, they must have water to rinse it down and deep enough to submerge their beak & head. In the Summer Time since its so Hot they might Want or Need the Water All Night. If not then take it away before dark(the food) and the Water take away when they get locked up. }}}let them back out for food & water ASAP. Good luck ~Julie~
  4. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Songster

    Feb 20, 2011
    with this heat now, they don't eat too much during the day, so i give them food and water at night too. if your ducks eat and swim at night in their run, why to you want to lock them up in the coop? they seem to be happy ducks now.
  5. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    I don't want to lock them up but they are loud and sometimes they will start quacking at 10 pm or sometimes at 4:30 in the morning. I just do not want my neighbors to get upset by the noise. We are trying to think of a solution. Just considering all options.
  6. critterranch

    critterranch Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Red Creek, New York
    i lock up at 9 and open up at 6-8am. done that for years. it works good.
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I give my closest neighbors duck eggs, and share cute duck stories with them, and give their grandchildren duck tours, letting them feed the ducks peas. PR goes a long way.

    That's not always an option, but it has worked for us.

    I let my ducks noodle around the pen, which is fairly secure, till my bedtime, around 10 p.m. Then they are in the house and veranda (with hardware cloth, electric fence, etc) until some time after 6 a.m. They have food and water in the veranda, but not the house. So they have it available 24/7.

    I have listened and their chatter is not as loud as: the neighbor's motorcycle, the kids' mini-bikes and four wheelers, the kids' shrieking, the UPS truck, crows, the garbage truck . . . .

  8. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    Ducks make noises.. Quack Quack but their not that bad. The girls tend to get mouthy, but only for a little while. Do you live in city limits or out in the country? I live in the country so you hear animals all the time. But I'm sure there's been times that we were louder than the ducks. lmao ~Julie~
  9. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    We live in a neighborhood that does not allow "farm animals". We have an acre of land with a huge pond behind our house that is a community pond. There are wild ducks and geese down there sometimes but it is pretty obvious to my close neighbors that these ducks are in my fenced yard. [​IMG] One set of neighbors are wonderful. We are very close and they love the ducks. The other side of us are pretty cranky and I am just afraid of making them mad. They are pretty judgmental and stuffy.

    The duck chatter does not bother me but...they are my ducks and I love them! [​IMG] There are 3 females and only 1 male so they are pretty mouthy. They will sometimes call for me...QUACK QUACK QUACK and it is amazingly loud!!

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