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fencing height, covering?

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« on: November 18, 2009, 05:39:40 pm »

I'm new to Moscovys also, but we've had ours since June when they were 5 weeks old.  We enclosed a pen 35 x 8 foot, 6 feet tall. (6 feet since it's easier to stand up in it to work.)  We have 5 ft. 4 x 4 fencing, then chicken wire on top and along the bottom sides, 3 ft high,  to keep them in (we were able to purchase it in 6 ft x 50 ft rolls) and predators out. (we have roosting branches for them in the pen for nights) Also, a couple of large dog houses with bedding if they want cover.

We kept them in it for about a week, and I would call "Duck... Duck" then put their food out.  Then I let them out for short periods, then herded them back calling "Duck", etc... then throwing some feed, and once they were about 2 months old, we left them out all day, and now they come at about the same time at night to "Duck... Duck" flying in toward the pen, I feed them then.  And if I haven't been able to get home before dark, they usually bed themselves, and I just go close the gate/door. Mine free range during the day, but do walk all over our porch and leave their little messages behind. Also, fly over fences, into pastures, and up onto the roof of every building on the farm and roost.  We have a kiddy pool in their pen, but also one outside . But, they will play in any water, be it puddle, bucket or goat trough...
We have a lot of hawks, owls, etc. That's why we enclose the ducks at night in a smaller enclosure.  I have a dear friend loose a couple of full grown Pekings to Owls... so I won't take the chance.  Enjoy your birds. Sara
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