Should I be worried....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Humlet, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Humlet

    Humlet In the Brooder

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    So we finally finished our duck pen. Ducks seem to love it. Only problem is they are constantly in the water. I know their ducks but I fear they won't go in if they get cold. Should I force them in at night and close them in? The whole pen is completely closed in from predators. 20180413_201059.jpg
     
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  2. Jamie Molihan

    Jamie Molihan Songster

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    That is such a cool house! I am sorry, I don’t know a think about ducks, I just wanted to tell you how amazing I thought you duck House is.
     
  3. My ducks are in the water from the moment I let them out, until it's dark. I wouldn't worry about them being cold, as long as predators aren't an issue they will be fine.
    But if you would feel more comfortable with them inside, then by all means go for it! It's better to be safe than sorry.
    Are they completely covered in feathers or still fuzzy?
     
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  4. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    From reading, a lot of duck owners have to put their ducks to bed or else they don't go in.
    Do you have a night vision camera?
    I am not sure what your predators are there, but your fencing looks bigger than what is normally suggested for predator proofing a run.
     
  5. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Also, do you have a daytime pic? I just want to see how you put your pond in a standing run like that!
     
  6. After giving your picture some more thought, Soon2BChixMom is right, your fencing has pretty big holes. I think you should chase them in, otherwise something could grab your babies and drag them through it. I don't think the cold is an issue, but I'd worry about something killing them.
     
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  7. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    I wouldn’t worry about them getting too cold. They will go in if they are cold. But for me, I put mine up at night because I don’t like finding eggs at the bottom of the pool.
     
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  8. Humlet

    Humlet In the Brooder

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    They are mostly featured. I have the heat lamp on in the house. I just checked, they laying in the house now. It's 46 out today. The pen is two feet off the ground. The ducks can't fit through the holes. Pond is supported by cinder blocks and 2x4s. 20180413_195421.jpg
     

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  9. Humlet

    Humlet In the Brooder

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    Feathered not featured...smh
     
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  10. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    It looks like you have a great set up for your ducks! As others have mentioned, I would add hardware cloth. Raccoons can reach through those holes and rip the ducks heads right off.:( That’s one of the main predators in our area. Do you have any guard dogs?
     

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