Wood Duck Housing and Care

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lemon88, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Lemon88

    Lemon88 Chirping

    51
    74
    66
    Nov 25, 2018
    I am really interested in keeping a pair of wood ducks. I'm not sure about how I should house them though. What are the general dimensions for an aviary to house two ducks? I have seen a lot of different size aviaries and measurements.

    Also, I found someone selling wood ducklings for $25 a pair. It seems very cheap and they didn't mention having a permit or anything.
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  2. Welcome, @Lemon88!

    Are you looking to house them in an aviary 24/7, or do you plan on letting them out in a run/yard during the day and lock them up at night?
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  3. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    3,033
    9,143
    572
    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
    Ide snap my 2 front teeth off for wood ducks!

    Mind asking if your in atlantic canada?
     
    ShannonR and ButtonquailGirl14 like this.
  4. Lemon88

    Lemon88 Chirping

    51
    74
    66
    Nov 25, 2018
    Sadly, no. It's too bad they are so hard to find!
     
    Jpat and ButtonquailGirl14 like this.
  5. Lemon88

    Lemon88 Chirping

    51
    74
    66
    Nov 25, 2018
    To my understanding they can't really free range because they will likely fly away. I think they will be in the aviary 24/7.
     
  6. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

    6,245
    12,769
    897
    Jul 13, 2017
    Northport WA
    I don't know about wood ducks... @007Sean ? Welcome to BYC! Glad you could join the Flock! Let me know if you need anything!:celebrate:wee:jumpy:thumbsup:welcome:yesss::woot
     
    007Sean likes this.
  7. Lemon88

    Lemon88 Chirping

    51
    74
    66
    Nov 25, 2018
    Thank you!
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  8. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    19,353
    100,670
    1,512
    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    I really don't know that much about wood ducks. I had a fenced off and netting covered part of a lake that I kept mine in, (50 yrds x 300 yrds) they were wild ducks. I had a hollowed out tree that they used for a nest. It's been 37 yrs ago.
    I had a Federal permit to keep migratory birds.
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  9. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

    6,245
    12,769
    897
    Jul 13, 2017
    Northport WA
    your welcome!
     
  10. That makes sense. I was doing some more research and it looks like many states require them to be contained 24/7, as well as having a permit. It is state-by-state, so you will need to look into the specifics based on where you live (if you even live in the US). Some states do not require permits.

    For housing needs, 2 wood ducks should be happy in a dog kennel-sized enclosure, roughly 8x8. They would need to have a pool of some sort, as well as nesting boxes (many domestic ducks do not require nesting boxes, but it looks like wood ducks do).

    I wish you the best of luck with your new adventure. Once you get the ducks be sure to post pictures!
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: