Mandarin/Wood Duck Aviary Requirements

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by dennin7418, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. dennin7418

    dennin7418 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Sterling, MA
    I'm considering getting a pair of wood ducks or mandarin ducks or both. I'd want to build the aviary prior to their arrival but am looking for information on what size they would need. I have plenty of space but knowing what they need vs what they would want are different things in terms of the cost of materials to build the aviary.

    So to wrap it up, lets say 2-3 pairs of birds.

    What do I need to have for them? Food prep, water, shelter, size requirements, height of aviary ect..


    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  2. adriano

    adriano Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    Firstly are they free flying or pioned.
    If free flying they would want more room length and height wise than pioned birds.
    Plus enough head height for you to walk in and do any maintenance etc
    What are you going to use for them to swim in a pond in ground which has some work involved and maintenance or some kids plastic sand pit shells which are easy to empty and move.
    The bigger the pen the less chance of it turning into a muddy run unlike a small one.
  3. dennin7418

    dennin7418 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Sterling, MA
    Well I'm not sure. I think I'd prefer free flyers but I will likely go with Pinioned. Can pinioned birds still get up into trees?

    I have a seasonal pond that they would have access too or would otherwise have a pond/pool in their enclosure. I'd imagine they are a little cleaner than my other ducks at least.

    I have a pretty nice area that would be about 25ftX15ft (height is unrestricted). Would this be large enough for them?

    Also any info on housing requirements would be great.
  4. kangababy

    kangababy Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    First both of these birds are raised boxed nesters so you really don't want to get them pinioned. They are perches and being on the ground ont he time would make them miserable.

    You need at least 100sqft per pair with fresh water. (10x10 area per pair) our smaller avairy is 10 ft tall and they perch on the highest thing in there that they can find which is 6-7 foot off the ground.

    Food wise, they need laying pellets and love crickets as a treat.

    Remember with wood duck they require a federal permit if you raise any babies that you don't keep. You can't sell them or give them away with out it or if you buy a pair of wood ducks and don;t like them you hav eto get the permit as well. it cost $75 for a 5 year time frame.
  5. mowgli

    mowgli Songster

    Oct 9, 2012
    Why do you need a federal permit?
  6. poultry09

    poultry09 Songster

    Dec 1, 2011
    Rainier, Oregon
    Cause they are native to North America, I had a raised breeding pen for my pair of mandarins, it worked good but if I could do it again I would go with a large on the ground aviary. I feed my mandarins layer crumble, 3 pounds lasted the pair a week or two.

    Here is a picture of the pen I used (I no longer have mandarins and I am tring to sell this pen)
    Its 6ft tall 8ft long with a 3ft long covered shelter.

  7. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Songster

    Jun 9, 2011
    If I was within 500 miles of you ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that cage would be mine. Also to the OP I would go with about 6 feet high.

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