Hey there everyone! Apologies for the long post ahead of time, lol.
My name is Zachary and I recently got the brilliant idea that I want to raise my own backyard fowl. I thought chickens were the route to go since they are so readily available, but have recently been doing a ton of research on raising ducks instead. I think I have made my mind up and am wanting to go the duck route as they seem to be a better fit for my overall purposes and situation. The only issue I am having with all my research is the coop itself. I'm quite surprised on how little information there is out there on duck coops in general. I have been able to find literally hundreds of thousands of websites on chicken coops, but information on duck coops seems to be very limited (or at least the answers to the questions I have anyways lol).
Here's my plan/problem: I wanting three female Pekin ducks. Space in the yard is not an issue as I live on a 1/2 acre plot of land so they will have plenty of room to roam when we are home. However, both me and my partner each work a full-time job. Personally, I work four 10-hr shifts and have a three day weekend every week. I work nights so I will be able to let the ducks roam the yard when I am home in the mornings. My partner works your typical Monday through Friday 8-5 job and will be able to let them roam when he is home in the evening. On average, there will be about a 6-hr span of time Monday-Wednesday that the ducks will need to be cooped up (in addition to any time we will not be home for errands, life in general, etc etc). I am planning on creating a 6' x 6' wire enclosure that houses the sleeping house, kiddie pool, food, etc. I've read that ducks need to have an average of four square feet per bird but no site I have read clarifies whether this is the amount of area that the ducks sleep in, or the area of their run.
So really my questions have multiple layers to them:
a) What kind of pin do you keep your ducks in?
b) The overall square footage of my planned enclosure is 36 sq ft. Will this be big enough for my birds to be happy during the times that we are not home to let them out?
c) The house where they will sleep/lay their eggs, does the square footage need to be 4 per duck?
The images below/attached are a part of a presentation I made for myself that kind of gives you an idea of what the planned enclosure will look like:
Again apologies for the long post but any help, opinions, advice, feedback etc that anyone can offer would be more than greatly appreciated. I just want to make sure that whatever I plan on doing is going to have the greatest interest at heart for my new family members!
Thanks in advance everyone!