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Rouen Ducklings will not stay in Duck House!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fishermum, May 28, 2009.

  1. fishermum

    fishermum Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,
    I have 11 Rouen ducklings that I had to get outside. They are almost 4 weeks old, and spent the first few days in a brooder in my bedroom (had enough of THAT very quickly) then the next 3 weeks in a pen in my shed. I am new to ducks and was told how messy they could be, but honestly didn't realize the extent of the mess (and smell!). I was going insane mucking out the pen every day (sometimes twice a day) so on Tuesday outside they went. Hubby penned in an area of the yard with chicken wire, and we put a large doghouse in the pen so they could get out of the rain/cold if they needed to.

    For the past two days it has been quite chilly and we have had lots of rain.
    My ducks refuse to stay in the duckhouse, and instead huddle together on the grass! I have put their food in the house, and they will go in to eat, but then come right back out.

    The ducks would stay warm and dry inside the house, if only they would use it!

    Should I be worried, or is this just a duck thing?
     
  2. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a duck thang! I've read somewhere that ducks really don't LIKE to be enclosed. Mine also only go into their shelter for food. Ducks also are very tolerant to cold and rain. They really enjoy the rain. Think about it, they're wearing a permanent down coat so they really won't get cold. I had mine out at 3 weeks in 25 degree weather and they didn't care a bit. Also, think about ducks in the wild. They do just fine!
     
  3. fishermum

    fishermum Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, that makes me feel a lot better!
    I just love those ducks and was worried about them, as it can still dip down into the mid 30s here at night. Hearing yours were fine is a relief!

    My husband said the same thing "What do you think wild ducks do?"
    LOL! [​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    LOL

    My ducks have a covered pen with a nice cozy hutch inside. It took WEEKS for my two younger ducks to even go in there when they first got to hang with the big duck.

    They may end up using it eventually. Or not [​IMG]
     
  5. KatrinaZ

    KatrinaZ New Egg

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    keep in mind that ducks in the wild are Mallards and can fly south to keep warm if they wanted or needed to. Rouens are bread for decoration and are to heavy to fly.
     
  6. KatrinaZ

    KatrinaZ New Egg

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    i may be a new egg but i am smart with birds and most of all pets if i dont know it i do my research lol
     

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