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I need to know how to build a duck house and run for 4 duckling fast and cheap. May be other materials that could be used to build one. My biggest preators are raccoons and cats. I know I can use a kiddie pool for a pond. My back yard is fenced. No shed and no garage. Please help me I really, really really want to keep these ducklings. They are 11 days old. Thanks so much. Anne

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/22826_100_0344.jpg

Here is mine for my 3 ducks.   Made out of inexpensive lumber.  A dog house would work too.  I used a horse trough for their pool.
Good luck and enjoy your duckies.

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Me,DH, 2 DS, 4 dogs, 1 parakeet, 1 parrotlet, 2 frogs, 19 hens, 1 roo, 2 turks, 28 ducks (9 calls, 2 kcs, 3 runners, 3 scovy, 2 Mandy, 4 teal,1 wood duck, 2 rouen, 1 pekin) 3 geese (1 Embden, 1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 2 sugar glider.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=22826-my-home-for-sale

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http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj84/soozin44/duckpen.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj84/soozin44/duckpen2.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj84/soozin44/nest.jpg

this is ta pic of the hot wire around the chook run as well.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj84/soozin44/electricfence.jpg

I fenced in a fresh water stream so they have water but I also have a kiddie pool which they dont need. I have harware cloth down the sides and 12 inches at the bottom so nothing can dig in, and 2 lines of hot wire, gonna put a third at the top. The dog house I bought for $30 and fixed up with new roof and such, the nest is an old tree stup I adjusted. works well, they never go into the house anyway. I have a tarp over 1/4 of it to keep rain off of them if they want.


Edited by AHappychick - 6/3/09 at 10:14am
Best darn kid in the world, and some great fowl too.
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Best darn kid in the world, and some great fowl too.
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Here is my set up..I have a big dog style house I am going to put in there when it gets here..Being shipped...The pool has a tub drain so it drains out the back and down hill I hose the rocks off so poo ges bye-bye..There are welded pipes and wire across the top then the tarp for shade..Dont have many predetors I live in the city..


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19025_019.jpg


Edited by xfilesnumber1fan - 6/3/09 at 10:31am
The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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Search hoophouse on here.  I have issues with hawks.  The cattle panels combined with garden wire on bottom and poultry fence on top are super cure.  I will try and post a picture of our duck house when I get home from work.  Cattle panels $21 a piece at tractor supply (frames the whole run).

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mother to 3 lovely children, Lucy the Labradoodle, 7 Buff Orpingtons, 6 Buff Brahmas, 7 Guineas, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, A Pair of Chinese Geese, 1 Pekin, and soon eggs in the hatcher.
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I built a little A-frame shelter for my ducks and geese. The two sides are open, and the other two sides are pieces of 4x8 plywood with 2x4s to hold them together. I turned it so the wind hits one of the sides almost all of the time. They really only use it to lay eggs and to keep out of the hot sun. The run I built with hardware cloth on bottom and chicken wire on top and just netted the top. Using chain link with some chicken wire or hardware cloth run around the bottom to keep raccoons from reaching through and pulling off the ducks heads would be best. Hardware cloth is really the best for this, but it's really pricey.

With the geese in mine I haven't had problems with raccoons, but you'll probably want to secure the top too, so they don't rip it open. And definitely prepare some kind of shade if at all possible.

I found a low spot n the corner of my run and laid down an old water bed bladder, I propped up the edges all the way around with rocks so it holds water. It's not great, but it worked the first couple of summers until I got an old cow trough set up for swimming.

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My Inspirational romance "The Ball's in Her Court" is now available! Check out my website to learn more!
http://www.heatherjustesen.com/

Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guineas! I think I'm addicted to hatching.
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post #7 of 17

Great pics and wonderful designs.

Question for xfilesnumber1fan:

I've been trying to find a kiddie pool or watering tub with a drain - did you put yours in yourself or find a pool with one already?  There are watering tubs at the feed store, but only the really deep ones seem to have drains.

Thanks.

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We had a underground pond (those black rubber things you put in the ground) and I didn't dig a hole put it upside down and cut a door in it with a saw and filled it with hay.

2 Boston Terriers, 2 Paraketts, 1 Zebra Finch, 1 Desert Tortoise, 3 Golden Sebrights, 2 Silver Sebrights, a German Spitzhauben, 3 Polish, 2 EE's, 3 Red Silkies, 2 White Silkies, and a Modern Game Bantam, a Khaki Campbell, a Cayuga, and a mean Piegon.
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2 Boston Terriers, 2 Paraketts, 1 Zebra Finch, 1 Desert Tortoise, 3 Golden Sebrights, 2 Silver Sebrights, a German Spitzhauben, 3 Polish, 2 EE's, 3 Red Silkies, 2 White Silkies, and a Modern Game Bantam, a Khaki Campbell, a Cayuga, and a mean Piegon.
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by L0rraine 

Great pics and wonderful designs.

Question for xfilesnumber1fan:

I've been trying to find a kiddie pool or watering tub with a drain - did you put yours in yourself or find a pool with one already?  There are watering tubs at the feed store, but only the really deep ones seem to have drains.

Thanks.


My husband installed the drain system it was just a pool from wal-mart then we went to Lowes and bought an $11 bathtub drain...A hose runs under the pool and down hill

The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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Originally Posted by xfilesnumber1fan 
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Originally Posted by L0rraine 

Great pics and wonderful designs.

Question for xfilesnumber1fan:

I've been trying to find a kiddie pool or watering tub with a drain - did you put yours in yourself or find a pool with one already?  There are watering tubs at the feed store, but only the really deep ones seem to have drains.

Thanks.


My husband installed the drain system it was just a pool from wal-mart then we went to Lowes and bought an $11 bathtub drain...A hose runs under the pool and down hill


Thanks I'm going to have to give it a try!

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