Last week, I agreed to take a single Black East Indies Duck that was no longer wanted by it's owner. It is about 3 1/2 mo old and I believe a female - it quacks. If we decide to keep it, we will get it a buddy duck since I know it is lonely for duck company. We are keeping it in an 8 x 10 ft secure run with a kiddie pool and there is an attached 4 x 4 ft coop (this setup is used for our young chicks as their grow out area). So the 1st night, I put her in the coop. The 2nd night I just left her out and I believe she slept all night in the pool. She was in it when I checked in the morning and looked a bit dazed to me. She perked up later in the day. So, I have been putting her in the coop every night since then. Last night I decided to wait until it was good and dark to see if she would go in, but she was in the pool so I grabbed her and put her in the coop. So, is it OK for them to sleep where they want as long as it's safe or do they need to be in a coop? If so, how in the heck do you teach them to use it? As far as I know, the previous owner didn't pay much attention to the duck so I think it was on it's own. Ahhhh, chickens seem so much easier - they go into their house with no coaxing. It could be Craig's list for the little Ducky. Thanks for any info and suggestions.