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 Post subject: Waterfowl Housing
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:58 pm 
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Junior Champion Bird
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Hi all,

I am very much a newbie to ducks and I am getting some Large Saxonys, so I was wondering what the ideal pens are for these ducks? Measurements, bedding etc


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 Post subject: Re: Waterfowl Housing
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:21 pm 
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Welcome to ducks :)

Ducks are best off with about 2 sq m per duck. For shelter they just need a three sided shed, facing away from the prevailing weather, with a nest area and food. The shelter is mainly to keep the food and nest dry. They need a water container they can dip their whole head into, and preferably something they can climb into (though they will be ok with something for head dipping in their pen and swimming water out in the yard).

I use a deep litter arrangement in my pens, which I turn over daily with a hoe. I use pine wood shavings, about 20cm deep. I change this out 3-4 times a year.

For a pen, predator proofing is critical. That means strong mesh on all four walls, roof and floor.

Hope that helps with a few ideas :)

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 Post subject: Re: Waterfowl Housing
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:43 pm 
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Cool thank you for the information. Will definitely have to be predator proof around here, foxes are a daily nuisance here.


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