Muscovy coop - looking for info

Quatie

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I currently have my mallard breeds and muscovy living together. I want to build another coop just for my muscovy for several reasons.

I know the muscovy like to roost and planning on putting roosting bars. How high or low should they be? I clipped my muscovy wings, so they will have some limitation. How wide should I make them for their feet?

I know for mallard ducks it is not as worthwhile to put in nesting boxes, since they lay their eggs wherever. Is it worth having nesting boxes for muscovies? Or are they hit and miss like the mallard breed?

Any suggestions appreciated.
 

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I like 2x4 for roosts. Either end up. Mine will roost on both. If the wings are clipped than you may need to keep the roosts low. Some of my older hens and the drakes will just sleep on the floor. The younger ones like to go higher.

Mine will try to use my chicken nestboxes. They also will choose a floor nest just as often. So you can offer both.
 

Quatie

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I like 2x4 for roosts. Either end up. Mine will roost on both. If the wings are clipped than you may need to keep the roosts low. Some of my older hens and the drakes will just sleep on the floor. The younger ones like to go higher.

Mine will try to use my chicken nestboxes. They also will choose a floor nest just as often. So you can offer both.

Thanks for the info. I know my muscovy can still jump pretty high if they decide to. They have jump over our three foot fence when really motivated.
 

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