will a duck put herself to bed at night?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by beckysaur, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. beckysaur

    beckysaur In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Hi there!
    I have 4 hens in my backyard and am considering adding one female muscovy duck that is currently at my local animal shelter.
    I'm hoping that the duck can sleep in my chicken run/coop at night. If so, will it naturally learn to go in there at dusk like my chickens do? Or will I need to put her in there manually myself every night?

    Thank you for any advice!

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    She may follow the chickens inside hopefully she would. My ducks which are Muscovy go inside on their own every evening before dark. Bless you for rescuing this duck. I don't think you'll regret it they are very sweet.
  3. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Songster

    Feb 20, 2013
    Colorado Springs, CO
    She may follow them in, but there's no guarantee. I herd mine in every night. If I left it up to them then they'd go in past dusk and that spells death where I live. Raccoons come out at dusk.
  4. AvianEgo

    AvianEgo Songster

    May 11, 2013
    I have two chickens and three ducks. The chickens always are the first to bed. My ducks try to stay out until it is officially dark, than join the chickens in the coop. I do have a night light in my coop to encourage them to come in. But now its just routine for them and I'm sure they would go in regardless
  5. AvianEgo

    AvianEgo Songster

    May 11, 2013
    I think if you had one duck she wouldn't want to stay out by herself, there is a good chance she will follow suit with her "flock"
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Possibly? i have a few here who do but just as many need er... encouragement lol Being she'd be a single duck, and flock instincts are strong she may just follow the chickens, make sure she has a shelf, Muscovy do roost and if her companions are chickens she will likely be even more determined to do so.

    Good luck, we'd love to see if you adopt!
  7. duckins

    duckins Songster

    Dec 29, 2012
    Gladys, Va
    I think its great your considering adoption as with dogs and cats so many older animals get overlooked. I to believe she would follow your hens.

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