Tips for moving adult ducks and ducklings to new location

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lmpeebles, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. lmpeebles

    lmpeebles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2014
    Austin, TX
    Hi all! I have 3 adult ducks (2 female and a drake) and we've just had 6 ducklings hatch a couple of days ago. Black swedish and Blue swedish. I also have 2 chickens and this is all in an urban backyard. We have a business on some more rural land and there's already a coop on the property. I'm contemplating moving the ducks (all of them, babies and grownups) into that coop.

    I think it might be better for all involved. I love the ducks but they're dirtier and louder - I have a toddler and another on the way, so I foresee the backyard needing to be a little cleaner in the near future. Plus, taking them from a 400 sq ft run to a 20acre property seems like it might be a nice change for them. I definitely need to move at least some of them because I don't have space in the backyard for 9 ducks and 2 chickens (plus I don't think it would be good for the chooks with that kind of power moving the ducks would probably mean I could get a couple more chickens [​IMG])

    Anyway, any tips or things to consider? How do you think the adult ducks will do with the transition? With my current flock (both the chooks and the ducks) I had an easy time of it when they were young, moving them into a new coop, keeping them "cooped up" for a couple of days, then letting them out so they grew attached to their coop and returned in the evening so I could shut them up. Do you think grownup ducks will take to a new home in the same way?

  2. I have never tried it...But I assume after being in the new Coop and Run for a couple of weeks they would be fine...Is the Coop and run predator proof...?.....All you really can do is try it...:)

    Best wishes...:)

  3. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    They should be fine- lots of people move house with their ducks, or relocate/ rehome them, and as you said, they would probably love the extra space.

    Good luck,

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