Opinions - ducklings move out setup

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kangasox, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't take it any more. [​IMG] The babies are almost 6 weeks and they are moving out. We set them up an area within the coop for nighttime. Does this look ok? Foresee any problems with the adults? Should I keep the drakes outside in their pen at night? I tend to overthink and worry...

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    They're hanging out in here during the day:[​IMG]
     
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  2. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    I have one small concern with the area for the ducklings. They tend to find trouble so I'm wondering if they could possibly get their neck or feet stuck in one of those openings. Maybe you can put some hardware cloth on the bottom foot or two?

    Is there some reason that you think you should keep drakes in the outdoor pen?
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you have something with smaller diameter - I have some one inch stiff plastic mesh, you can also get one inch plastic poultry fence - I have seen drakes jab through fence at other ducks - grabbing at their faces.
     
  4. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might be able to do the hw cloth tomorrow. We also have a baby monitor out there, so if anything crazy happens, we should hear it. I just worry about drakes jerky behavior [​IMG].
     
  5. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have poultry fence, maybe I can zip tie it on tonight. Then I can worry about entanglement. Golly, worries!
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Kangasox is wise....if a duck can get into trouble, most of the time, he or she will.

    Lots and lots of zip ties! Yup.
     
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  7. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone fared well last night. I highly recommend everyone put a monitor in their duck coop and keep it on all night [​IMG]. Protip: drakes never shut up. Or is it just mine?? I might get hardware cloth today. Just going day by day until they're big enough. Ducks!
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I am seriously considering a nursery monitor.
     
  9. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check Craigslist @Amiga. I was thinking of a video monitor. Because I'm a duck stalker.
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Same here - video. Thanks for the tip!
     

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