Originally Posted by NorthFLChick
I'm getting my very first 10 ducklings in April (yay!) and we're going to rehab a former greenhouse for their quarters. I'm looking for feedback on how to set this up.
We have a 14' wide x 30' long frame to work with, it's 8' tall on one side and 5' tall on the other. There are people-size doors on either end and water bibs are outside each door. Here's a sketch to give a better idea of what we're working with:
We want to build some sort of duck house inside of this 14'x30' structure for them at night. We have 2 kiddie pools for splashing in (to start with, probably switch those out later). From raising chickens, we know how to enclose the top and sides of the greenhouse frame. They will have a large yard/garden area coming off the door on the left and a smaller yard area coming out the door on the right of the sketch.
What I'm not sure of is how to do the actual house part of this...I want it easy to clean and roomy enough to accommodate all 10 ducks. Other than that, I'm stumped.
Any suggestions, ideas, pointers? See any problems with setting things up like this? I need some guidance please!
I designed and my neighbor built a very nice duck house - my big drawback with it is that some of my Runners just couldn't take the cold (it is unheated), so I moved them into a section of my walkout basement for night time and long cold spells.
But if it were in a greenhouse !!!!!
Here is a photo
Main living area is 4' high, 4' wide, 8' long. Dutch door makes for easy access for people (one can open the top door and keep the ducks easily inside. There is a sliding door on the right side into the Veranda, a porch covered top bottom and sides with half inch metal hardware cloth.
There is a drop ceiling with 3 sliding polycarbonate panels to control ventilation and keep more warm air in, in winter. The roof is polycarbonate.
The shelter is double-walled, filled with a mix of vermiculite and perlite. Those have decent R value for insulation and do not mold.
The floor is vinyl sheet flooring, that goes several inches up the sides, and is attached at the edge with 1"x3" furring strips to keep poop and dust from getting under the edge of the sheeting. The flooring makes the rarely needed mop-out a snap.
I used a foot and a half of shavings as a base for the bedding, and topped it with a little straw - the bedding was spot-picked daily, and stirred lightly. A bucket of peat moss was stirred into the shavings to prevent ammonia formation.
Oh, and it easily accommodated eleven Runner ducks.
Edited by Amiga - 12/29/15 at 6:44pm