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Duck Coop - Start with a shed?

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Hello Everyone,

 

I have recently finished building a pond for my soon to be ducks and I am now moving on to the coop construction. I am only going to have 2 ducks but I plan on building a rather large coop so I can also store bedding, food supplies etc. With this in mind, I was at Lowes the other day and came across there new wood shed offerings. This is what I am considering:

 

Purchasing the following shed from Lowes:

 

http://www.lowes.com/pd_538356-57658-182464_1z0wg8aZ2z8vq__?productId=50121143&pl=1#img

 

It is 8x4 and is about 6-7 ft tall. It is made of plywood, 2x4's, and engineered wood for siding. This shed does not come with a floor, but I have a concrete pad outside where the pond is built. I would put hardware cloth on all interior surfaces and cut out some windows for ventilation. (again covered in hardware cloth) I would also make sure that there was drainage for the inevitable mess that will happen.

 

As far as size goes, there is plenty for two duckies, and the 7 foot high sides I can easily put some shelves up for supplies.

 

I have gift cards for lowes which is why I am considering this route but I am open to suggestion.

 

Comments, concerns criticisms?

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by revans2003 - 10/4/15 at 8:19pm
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Sorry it took so long to respond.

 

That is a wonderful idea! I love sheds being used as coops because you can walk inside of them and store things in them and the ducks have more room so they can be locked in during emergencies and not be too crowded.

 

Best of luck with your new ducks! :)

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For ducks might work good, 4 feet can be a little narrow with chickens wanting to go up and down off roost.

Nice framing there, should be easy to modify...and the height will be great for ventilation and maintenance. 

 

Curious how you will do 'drainage for the inevitable mess that will happen'.

Please post progress pics here, would love to watch it happen.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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