nest box

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by worms7, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will 2 nest box do 6 ducks in 4ftx3ft shed (free range )
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    Last edited: Oct 18, 2015
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What breeds are you keeping? I've honestly never had any luck with nest boxes when it came to ducks. They just seem to lay wherever they want.
     
  3. jducour

    jducour Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to train my ducks to lay in a nest - I added a nesting box to the back of my coop so I can collect my eggs easier. My 6 girls always share a nest, but they make a new one in a different spot every night. They have a tendency to lay wherever they drop the egg. I have a duck that doesn't like an untidy coop though, and she will roll the others eggs into her nest.
     
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small black concrete mixing pan in the duck house filled with pine straw. 9 times out of 10, they lay in there, otherwise it is next to the bin or the pond or some other cool nest spot they've created, but usually in the bin in their house.
     
  5. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have problems with my ducks laying outside of the shed, dropping their eggs wherever they wanted, sometimes even in their pool! But when my husband and I made these 8 nest boxes out of totes, that did the trick. They use them every night and day, sometimes even just to chill out and sleep. I rarely ever have any eggs laid outside anymore. It's a very cheap solution, and I'm sure it varies with the breed and situation. But I have runners, a Cayuga, a buff, a Peking and a welsh harlequin all laying In the boxes. It's been simply wonderful not having to have my daily egg scavenger hunt for the last few months :)
     
  6. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be keeping welsh harlequin
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  7. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I keep 3 ducks & a drake in a 4 x 3ft shed
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    Last edited: Oct 19, 2015
  8. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be a minimum size for 4 WHs without the next boxes. I never had any luck with next boxes they always lay where they feel like though will make a common next inside the coop and use it for a number of days before changing, same when they lay outside.
     
  9. jducour

    jducour Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is 12 square feet. If your ducks are kept in there only from dusk to dawn, that will be fine. For a night time only enclosure, 2-3 square feet per duck is the minimum. Make sure it is well ventilated and kept clean and dry.
     
  10. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to try & use nest boxes anybody got any ideas
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