How much coop space for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chickiee, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Lute

    Lute Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My boyfriend and I went crazy with our duck pen. We have 255 square feet for 6 ducks (will be 24 by the end of summer and magically become 6 again after culling this fall).
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    How many ducks do you have living in the dog house?
     
  3. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I just got the go ahead to plan a duck house next Spring and I'm still not convinced how I should go about it.

    Do you think it would be better to build it tall, or keep it shorter? And is it better to add separate "stalls" or keep it open?

    Do any of you heat your coops? I have electricity in my chicken coop and so far all I do is add heat bulbs. It's pretty insulated so we got that going for us. I'm just not sure if ducks will need as much extra heat as my chickens.
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    I have heard that ducks are very cold tolerant! People say that ducks will go outside in winter and will stay out in very cold weather.
     
  5. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    So heat is no issue? I can deal with that :)
     
  6. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Well. They do have problems with temps over 90, but so do chickens. I think as long as you have lots of nice cool water around the ducks will be fine.
     
  7. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I meant for winter, adding heat. My ducks hate anything over 80. We're going through lots and lots of water right now haha
     
  8. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    No, I don't think a little extra heat would be a issue.
     
  9. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks. Do you have dividers or just leave it as one open space?
     
  10. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't accually HAVE ducks (yet), but from what I've read I'd don't think it matters.....whatever you decide.
    I personally would leave it open.
     

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