What else should I put in my duck pen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Diamond88, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2012
    After nine months of moving around, from Raleigh to Chicago to Los Angeles, my amazingly well-adjusted and mild-mannered duck Bunny is in a permanent home. My little sweetheart endured the changes with such grace and ease. Of course, I coddled her through all of them. [​IMG]

    Here are some photos of the indoor pen I made for her in the living room of the new house. Aside from a second duck (still working on convincing the boyfriend...) what else should I add to the pen? I'm planning on putting a full-length mirror along that blank back wall because she likes to play with her reflection. As for swimming, we have a backyard with a kiddie pool for her to have supervised swims, and she showers with me on a pretty regular basis. Honestly, though, she's not as obsessed with water as you'd expect a duck to be. She's just kind of "meh" about it. The pen is also next to my boyfriend's work-from-home office and across from the TV which we turn on to Animal Planet when we're not home. Of course, we take her out in the yard or put her in her diaper and let her run around the house every day too.

    What else can I add to the setup to keep her entertained? She certainly has fun snorting in her water dishes and chewing on her toys. I love waking up in the early morning to the sound of her cheeping and pushing toys around. I just want to make sure she's always happy and entertained.

    So, these are a few photos of what I've got so far. Forgive the mess of feathers--she's molting like crazy!






    ^ Watching some Animal Planet. [​IMG]
  2. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    Looks pretty good to me! I would just keep switching stuff up. New things and new arrangements over time can sometimes be more entertaining that everything all at once!

    Oh and I almost forgot! Happy Hen Treats. Ducks LOVE those things!
  3. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2012
    Thanks! I'll move the toys around and switch them out with new toys from time to time. And thanks for the treat recommendation! I've never heard of those but I'll look for them.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    What an adorable pic. shows just how tiny Bunny is. ditto on Meal worms my flock loves them.
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    so cute and teeny! hmm.. i'd encourage foraging ability, peas? BOSS(sunflower seeds) etc. I'd keep convincing on that friend, another duck means they can groom, cuddle and so forth. As your already aware they are flock animals. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  6. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2012
    Foraging sounds like a great idea! I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I can plant some little containers with grasses and other foods she likes and stick those in there.
  7. Chantillylace

    Chantillylace Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2017
    My Coop
    I know this post is extremely old, but if you are still around I'd love to know how you deal with cleaning the Astro-turf? Do you have two, switch them out and hose them off? I love the set-up!
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  8. ravenwillow86

    ravenwillow86 Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2017
    I would also like to know.
  9. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2017
    Ditto ^

    My housing arrangements will unfortunately be changing in about 10 months and I'm unsure if we will have a backyard! I have two ducks and would love to dedicate a space like this for them indoors. I would plan to give them baths in the tub. And, if we have one large enough, showers with me too (sounds like great bonding time!) But cleaning would be my main concern, if you could please share it would be greatly appreciated!
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