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Making a duck coop

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

is there a difference when making a duck coop to a chicken coop

I have made 2 chicken coops

and I'm going to be making a duck coop.

and any suggestion?

Laura
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Laura
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post #2 of 11

There's no difference, except a duck coop doesn't need roosts and nesting boxes are optional.

post #3 of 11

Duck coop doesn't need anything fancy, just shelter (that they hardly use!)  I put food in my duck house just so they will know to go in there if they need to.  They are out in the rain, out in storms, out in the cold....they like to be OUT!  Plenty of duck coop pics on this site.  My duck house is on my website if you wanna take a look.....

http://www.whatupduck.com/building-duck-house-backyard/      Good luck!


Edited by headred - 4/25/10 at 5:04pm
See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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post #4 of 11

Here is a pic I posted recently of a small Duck House I made from an old shipping crate. Hope it helps a little. Nothing fancy.


http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu138/RHewitt/DSC00008.jpg

Silver Laced Wyandotte, Black Australorps, Ameraucana's, EE's, Brown Egg Laying Mutts, Pekings. Just added some BBS Rocks and Buff Orpington.
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Silver Laced Wyandotte, Black Australorps, Ameraucana's, EE's, Brown Egg Laying Mutts, Pekings. Just added some BBS Rocks and Buff Orpington.
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post #5 of 11

I agree with ChickenToes that there is little difference between duck and chicken coops.  I made my duck coop shorter only because there was no need for the roosts.  Here are a couple of pictures.  I still need to put shingles on the roof but other than that it is done.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/25894_pict00582.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/25894_pict0043.jpg

Both doors lead into an open area, about 4x8 with a nest box that is about 2'x6' and about 6 inches high.  There is a door on the back of the coop that swings up to allow me access to the inside for egg collection and cleaning.

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Blessed father to 3 sons (19, 11 & 9) and 2 daughters (14 & 6)!!!!
Watchman, caretaker and feeder to 1 chocolate lab, 3 cats, 46 mixed chickens (RIR, BO, etc), 19 mixed baby chicks and 13 Indian Runner ducks.
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Lucky husband of one wonderful homeschooling wife!!!!
Blessed father to 3 sons (19, 11 & 9) and 2 daughters (14 & 6)!!!!
Watchman, caretaker and feeder to 1 chocolate lab, 3 cats, 46 mixed chickens (RIR, BO, etc), 19 mixed baby chicks and 13 Indian Runner ducks.
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post #6 of 11

my ducksmade their own coop. One moved her nest under the frnt steps and the other one  kicked the dog out of the doghouse and uses it as a nesting area.

Jesus turned water into wine. I turned into liquor - Popcorn Sutton

We live out in the middle of nowhere with our family- the next town is 10 miles away. WE currently own a bunch of chicks and chickens, ducks, meat rabbits..

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Jesus turned water into wine. I turned into liquor - Popcorn Sutton

We live out in the middle of nowhere with our family- the next town is 10 miles away. WE currently own a bunch of chicks and chickens, ducks, meat rabbits..

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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone
jrleader99  Looks Great,  the cover is that bird netting, the plastic type?

RHewitt, you did  a great job made  out of crates.

I been looking on here, I did a search but only came up with few threads

headred, thanks i will take a peek at your website

Laura
Keep up with the Chickens and Ducks
Home to many~ Husband~3-Kids~Dog~Cats~ Chickens- EE's, Black Australorps, Barred Rock, Silver & Gold Laced Wy, Silkies, Wellsummer, Sex-link Amber, Sex-link Brown, Golden Seabright Bantams, Bantams, Delaware~ Ducks- Rouen x Magpies, Grey Calls, Black East Indies~Chinchillas
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Laura
Keep up with the Chickens and Ducks
Home to many~ Husband~3-Kids~Dog~Cats~ Chickens- EE's, Black Australorps, Barred Rock, Silver & Gold Laced Wy, Silkies, Wellsummer, Sex-link Amber, Sex-link Brown, Golden Seabright Bantams, Bantams, Delaware~ Ducks- Rouen x Magpies, Grey Calls, Black East Indies~Chinchillas
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post #8 of 11

Those all look great!  jrleader99.....that netting cover is pretty fancy.  Nice place for your ducks!

See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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post #9 of 11

Yes that is bird netting.  I thought with the red tailed hawks that swoop through my yard at the wildbird feeders, I had better protect the duckies too.

Actually shortly after I put the netting on, my wife saw a hawk sitting on the ground next to the door, jumping up trying to figure out how to get in.  I guess I got it on just in time.

Lucky husband of one wonderful homeschooling wife!!!!
Blessed father to 3 sons (19, 11 & 9) and 2 daughters (14 & 6)!!!!
Watchman, caretaker and feeder to 1 chocolate lab, 3 cats, 46 mixed chickens (RIR, BO, etc), 19 mixed baby chicks and 13 Indian Runner ducks.
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Lucky husband of one wonderful homeschooling wife!!!!
Blessed father to 3 sons (19, 11 & 9) and 2 daughters (14 & 6)!!!!
Watchman, caretaker and feeder to 1 chocolate lab, 3 cats, 46 mixed chickens (RIR, BO, etc), 19 mixed baby chicks and 13 Indian Runner ducks.
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post #10 of 11

jrleader99 --

How did you rig up the bird netting?  Is that a pre-fab skeleton, or did you just free-form it?  I really like how it's high enough so a person doesn't bonk their head.

Great job, everyone, on your cool duck havens.

I built a "Poultry Palace" inside my barn for my 2 ducks and 2 geese (all 4 are just getting feathers), similar to what many people build for their chickens.  I have a light in there for them, straw, a waterer and a dish for food and, until I make a cool outside run, I bring in greens for them twice a day.

Gwen

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