Moved ducklings to outside pen(pics!)-when to free range?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Miss Ducky, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Miss Ducky

    Miss Ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved my ducklings to an outdoor pen the other day. (About 3 weeks) Just thought I'd share some pics. So far they are loving it-especially the access to the pond all day! At night I lock them in the house to protect them from predators. Their second night and already they go inside by themselves! The pen is not very predator proof, (Already a painted turtle and a frog found their way in!) it's mostly there to confine them and protect them from hawks during the daytime. When they get older I will free-range them. I told my dad that I thought it would be about two weeks before we could give them the run of the yard/pond, but I'm not really sure. What do you guys think? I'm thinking they will be fully feathered in a week or so. They will still be put in the house every night, just the pen won't be there.

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    Just because they're outside doesn't mean less bonding time! They come in every day for snuggles! (That and I obsessively check on them in the middle of the night and every hour of the day....)

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    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  2. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cute! [​IMG] I think you should wait at least until they are 7 weeks to keep them safe. [​IMG]
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I would say 2 months of age is sufficient. I had mine in my fenced in backyard until they were 4 weeks old. Then I herded them everyday into the 1+ acre fenced in yard and they have been there since. We later plan on having them go into the field and meadow by themselves, but I want them to be at least 6 month before they are allowed to do so. That area is over 22 acres and fenced.
     
  4. 4hducklover

    4hducklover Out Of The Brooder

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    I really like that pen! good job![​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Ducky

    Miss Ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks-but I actually had nothing to do with it. My wonderful dad build the pen and the house! [​IMG] Thanks daddy! (And he can't wait until the ducks have the run of the pond and will eat all the algae!) [​IMG]
     
  6. Miss Ducky

    Miss Ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure I should wait that long? Their run isn't very big, and they are growing very fast!
     

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