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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by madanesor, May 4, 2007.

  1. madanesor

    madanesor Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2007
    Waterfowl- can you let them free- range, (geese, and ducks) or do they need a pen? What about turkeys, chickens, phesants, guine, or quail. What are domestic birds that you can let free range your land, and what kind of caging do you need for the other kinds?
  2. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

    Jan 31, 2007
    NE Washington
    Ducks yes, geese yes, but they can get VERY protective. Guineas yes mine however prefer the neighbors yards so when I need to collect eggs I lock them in a huge 20x40 ft run. My turkeys where out until my tom felt the need to take on several juvenile roosters and Lost. Now he and his mate are in a 10x20ft yard. Quail and pheasant NO, but they do great in large outdoor habitats. You must cover theirs or they'll be gone instantly. Hope this helps...
  3. tffstpp

    tffstpp Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2007
    williamsport pa
    I can say that for turkeys and chickens, free range is a great idea. It's very healthy for them. Both get along with one another and always return to the coop come nightfall.
  4. madanesor

    madanesor Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2007
    How pig of a coup would you need for 100 birds? How many next boxes?
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Square footage will vary depending on how many, of what type of bird you are asking about. If it is 100 chickens then you are looking at 400 square feet and 20 -25 nest boxes. Geese, ducks and turkeys do best with a lot more space.
  6. madanesor

    madanesor Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2007
    what is a nest box? What encourages the chicken to lay in it?
  7. blueeyeddemon

    blueeyeddemon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2012
    South Texas
    A nest box is a box where hens nest to lay their eggs. You can encourage them to lay in it by putting golf balls or ceramic (fake) eggs in the nest boxes or in a certain spot you with them to lay in. It will take some time but, they'll find out what they're for.

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