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rouens free range

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by keatonskeets, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. keatonskeets

    keatonskeets Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two Rouen ducklings and a creek in our backyard. I 'd love to let them free, but I'm afraid of predators getting them. Do they have any form of defense? or are they just "sitting ducks"?[​IMG]
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Sitting ducks. They can't even fly away.

    Domestic ducks need a secure night pen to protect them. It can even be illegal to release them in your area. It varies from state to state.

    Free ranging during the day they might be ok, but definitely they need a night pen. The biggest threat during the day is stray dogs.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2009
  3. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    my Rouens get to free range, when i'm home i let them go run the back yard, but when were gone they get locked back up
     
  4. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rouens free range during the day and go inside at night.
     
  5. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting them away at night is a defo YES ! i leave my chickens out all night but they have a good defence system, claws, beck and high in numbers, so i would recomend you lock them away at night!
     
  6. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    you should lock your chickens up at night too, because as scratchy and pecky as they can be, they are a tasty snack for foxes, raccoons, owls and other predators.
     
  7. rlhbond

    rlhbond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually let my ducks free range day and night....but....I raise them inside the barn so they naturally put themselves up in the barn at night when they are adults. They could go out if they wanted, but they stay in the barn all night. I also have 2 miniature donkeys that sleep in the barn at night. Donkeys have a natural dislike for all canines and will chase any coyotes or foxes away. This helps keep the birds safe. A crafty animal could still get to them but so far-so good.
     
  8. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    chickensducks&agoose :

    you should lock your chickens up at night too, because as scratchy and pecky as they can be, they are a tasty snack for foxes, raccoons, owls and other predators.

    I secound that [​IMG]
     

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