In the Brooder
- Jun 29, 2012
We're new to ducks and it was quite by accident that we acquired this Pekin. I have chickens and while taking in a few chicks for a friend who could not care for them we accepted the baby duck as well. I've been told the duck could be integrated into the flock but I really like the idea of building it a pen with it's very own pond complete with plants and water fall. I know ducks are messier than chickens and I'm trying to lessen the mud. My space is pretty limited so I'm looking for a way to put down enough of a gravel base (or something similar) that would facilitate rinsing the pen on a daily basis. The pen area would be right next to my neighbor with whom I'd like to remain on good terms. I would never have put my big ol' chicken coop next to the neighbor but this is just one duck... Right? Right? I know I've seen photos of new duck ponds on BYC and they looked clean. How did they look six months after install? Can a pen for a single duck be designed and built (and how) to remain attractive or am I completely naïve? Should I even keep a duck by herself without company? Any suggestions would be appreciated.