Edited by nettie - 1/18/11 at 10:49pm
We could not find a carpenter or a handyman that would build our design, so we had to do it ourselves. We ended up making them a big L shaped pen using nothing but ikea furniture and a little bit of scrap wood. It came out great! The ducks just moved in the other night and are therefore not happy with it yet. I'll try to get some photos tomorrow of the pen when there is some daylight in there (I have to use my phone). Only 4 of the 6 ducks are to live in this pen but Victor and Ming Mei are there for a little while, while their new pen in being built at my new condo. I priginally was going to move into the condo so I could work, and we recently had the time/money for me to move there. My two stinkers will live in a pen that's being built in a walk in closet. The condo is a tiny studio, so they get the biggest closet I will definitely post pictures when that is done.
The Ikea Pen took about 3 weeks to build (thanks to holidays and illness and floods it took longer than expected) and is modular so we can clean or move the sections around one at a time. We can also add on if we need to in the future. The L shape takes up two whole walls, including part of the closet, and is about 50 square feet over all. Again, pics to come later!
Each section of the pen cost $45 for the frame, but we added legs, and better floors (plywood with tiling) so the whole thing ended up costing just under $500 for a 50 square foot house to hold four ducks.
Anyone with 2 ducks or less, I can give you our plans and ideas for a super cheap pen made from ikea wardrobes that cost under $150. We also used two frames, like the ones in the new pen as a hospital for Norie when she was sick. That design could easily hold 1-2 ducks as long as they got outside of pen time.