Hi all, I'm new to BYC and I need some insight from you guys!
I've had Pekin ducks in the past. Loved having them! I have a natural pond in my acreage, although it's not huge. I stock it with minnows that winter just fine as it doesn't freeze solid (I'm from North Dakota). My Pekin family has been wiped out, completely, twice. We have bald eagles, hawks, and humongous owls, in addition to the regular four footed predators.
My question: I want to turn a large wooden wire/cable spool into a floating duck house. I have looked everywhere, figuring somebody had to have posted about this very thing somewhere - no luck! Am I delusional in thinking this would work? It the center of the spool is a hole, which I plan to run a pole through so it will stay located far off shore and rise and fall well with the water level. I am enclosing it with wood all around, adding an entrance.
Can I get some feedback/ideas/suggestions? In my vision, the spools will float because they are wooden. With the pipe in the middle driven into the bottom of the pond, the spool will always remain upright. Do you think I need to silicon the joints between the boards, or would that cause a problem with water retention. If I don't add any water blocking substance to the bottom riding on the pond, would the ducks use it if it is damp in there always? I'm sure there are things I am not thinking of....