Nest boxes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CTChickenMom, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Songster

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    I'm new to ducks this year. I have 5 Pekins, 3 ducks and 2 drakes. What is a good nesting box for them? They are in with my chickens but don't use the community nest box the hens use. They like to sleep in the run instead of the coop so I find eggs just sitting in the dirt.

    Also, can a drake kill a duck if they aren't mating in water? About 2 weeks into laying, one of the ducks wobbled shakily into the chicken's nest box and died. No visible bruising. I'm not sure what happened. I had one duck laying a good week before the others. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Drakes can kill ducks, sad to say. Wobbly can indicate botulism, from fetid water or decaying animal or plant matter. [​IMG]

    Ducks often do not care for nest boxes. My ducks make their own nests - they like corners. So I attach plywood at 90 degrees to the wall.

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