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Want to add ducks to our flock. Few ?s

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by radishgirl, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. radishgirl

    radishgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Im a newbie. :)

    We have 12 layers, 2 roosters and 4 bantam show birds. They have a fenced area that is appx 40x40' but they choose to hang out in the rest of the yard instead.

    Id love to add some ducks (layers/pets) this spring. Id like the ducks to stay in back, but the chickens dont so I have no idea what to do.
    Should the ducks be penned up in the main run at night? Is that enough, do they need a coop?

    Thanks for any advice
    Regina

    From Front
    "Run" measure 16x16', 4 bantams stay in at all times, all other birds free-range all day.



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    From back - open area measures appx 50x50'
    tall building has secure area with 3x7' space for more roosting/boxes.

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    main coop - 2 long 2x4s for roosting + 6 boxes.

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    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks need a secure coop and protection from the elements, just like chickens. Most breeds don't roost but would need floor space to sleep.
     
  3. radishgirl

    radishgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    our run has a roof and is completely secure, we dont close up our coop at night.
    so they could just sleep in the run? maybe a dogloo?
     

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