What time do they go to bed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by secretquail, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. secretquail

    secretquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    I wait until a bit after dark before I put Lucky to bed. But any time I get home a little late, I dread coming home to a homicide. She never goes in after 8:30, but is that too late? When do you put them up for the night?
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Mine have their own clock. They go into their duck house when it gets dark, and I mean almost completely dark. I have to go out with a flash light to close the door. I once came home late and they were in panic mode, because they were still in their free ranging run and could not get to the duck house from there. I opened the gate and they ran home as fast as they could.
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Mostly a mater of training, when I was working they expected to be let out of their day pen at 5 to free range while I changed their pool water in the summer i would feed just before sunset and they knew the next step was nightly lockdown for their protection. In the winter the free range time was short as I hurried to change their water and feed them as the sun set but one thing didn't change, eat your fill and off to bed.
  4. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    I put mine up between 5 and 6.. a couple times we have come home after dark and Daisy and stanley had gone into the night pen by themselves.. I pre fer to put them up before dark because raccoons etc. come out at dusk.. We are have them show up here around 10:00 on.. we are just a few blocks from the local lake.. Judy is learning to go to her pen.. DAisy and stanley still won't let her in the big night pen
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Mine put themselves in for the night just before dark. With their new house, they were just camping out under the window on the deck, but last night I went out to push them in and they were already sitting in their hut waiting for me to tuck them in for the evening. They adjust as the daylight adjusts so far.
  6. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    I put mine in right before dusk most nights. One time several years ago I went out right at dusk and saw this huge cat looking creature at the edge of the wooded path and I thought that's a weird looking cat and it's tail is HUGE. Turns out it was a fisher cat! Sheesh, if I'd gone out 2 minutes later it probably would have been in the middle of attacking the ducks and what a disaster THAT would have been. [​IMG]
  7. suburbanduckmom

    suburbanduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belmont, CA
    Mine go in at dusk. They go and wait for us to close the gate. The pekin stands guard at the gate until we come tuck them in. We have solar lights and the ducks seem to go in when the lights turn on no matter what time that may be.
  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Mine were going in on their own as dusk but the last week, I'm having to walk them over and in when it's dark and I've put the chickens and goats to bed.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Dang, I must be a horrible duck mother! Mine NEVER go to bed. They used to go into the chicken coop with the chickens to their very own corner, but they started wanting to stay out later than the automatic coop door closed. So I kept an A-Frame coop open for them and closed it very late after they trundled into it.

    Now they patrol the yard. They visit my land-lady at the "front house" on the property, and watch TV through her patio window until she turns it off. Then they come back home and check out the back yard, and the front yard, and they settle down in the tall grass by a solar lamp.

    They're Cayugas, so they're quite the stealth ducks. I put them in the A-Frame a few times when I first realized they were not going there any more on their own, and they raised SUCH a ruckus! So now I let them be patrol ducks.

  10. suburbanduckmom

    suburbanduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belmont, CA

    This mental image is priceless

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