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Inexpensive duck coop ideas?

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Ok so im new to ducks...Mine are about 3 weeks old very stinky & have to get out of my bathtub/brooder lol. I have 2 mallards, 1 khaki & 1 pekin...I would like to let them roam free during the day but put them in at night like the chickens, do yo all think thats a good idea? also any suggestions on a very inexpensive easy to make coops. my husband got lazy after he built the chicken coop lol.. thanks yall!!!! also...do you think my variety of duck breeds will be ok living together once full grown?

2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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You could look for dog houses on freecycle if you have one in your area or you can look on craigslist for an inexpensive one. I would have gotten one, but I wasn't fast enough to reply.

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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Krishnamurti

Mine: 1 two year old daughter, 2 papillions, 1 kitten, 6 chickens, 3 ducks.
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"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. This is my religion." Abraham Lincoln
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Krishnamurti

Mine: 1 two year old daughter, 2 papillions, 1 kitten, 6 chickens, 3 ducks.
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ok got ya thanks!! also, is it ok to let them free-range( i guess you call it that for ducks lol)....and do they have to be in a fence or anything at night?

2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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Well, how  handy are you?thumbsup   I have to  do  some of the  projects too, because my hubby thinks they are neverending....partly true  smack . If you   can afford it,I thought about building   one with  wooden privacy type  fence panels. dig  4 post holes.  attach 3 panels, put a cyclone fence gate  or one  you make  out of kennel fence 2X4 or 2X2. And /or  make a wooden door frame and  attach the  fence to it. The  front would be just  fence and a gate. Roof could be  plywood,, fiberglass panels, etc.   
    Or cheaper, just  buy a roll of  dog kennel fence and put  4 posts, wood or T and  attach wire all way around including top . and  put a tarp on it.Or outdoor fabric like  they make  awnings out of, (often on  clearance at fabric stores). You  will need to put hardware cloth or  wood on the sides ,up to 2-3 feet  to keep  raccoons from  grabbing thru wire ,if they are in your area. I lost geese and  chickens years ago  to them, not  knowing  how  smart, determined and l prolific they were in my edge  of the  suburbs area. . 
   Some people find  plastic playhouses or wooden ones or  dog houses and convert them.  You need wire and a tough  tight  night  door, or eaten ducks......----Hotwire around and top and bottom of night  pen or house keeps most everything out.....

Slave to an Arabian, 2 half Arabians, a donkey,2 rat terriers, a jack Russel terrie ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks, Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans. All from Holderread stock.In the foothills of the Georgia Mountains.
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Slave to an Arabian, 2 half Arabians, a donkey,2 rat terriers, a jack Russel terrie ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks, Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans. All from Holderread stock.In the foothills of the Georgia Mountains.
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Thread Starter 

im pretty handy! thanks for your ideas & yes we have raccoons we live wayyyy in the back woods of va lol!!!!

2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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2 spoiled rotten labs, 1 mallard, 1 peking, 1 khaki campbell, 1 big mean rooster, 8 chicks & getting a kitten. Once you get one you just can't stop!
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post #6 of 12

I had an igloo dog house laying around...then I bought a 10 x 10 x 6 chain link dog kennel from lowes for about $300...and a small little black tub for their "pond".  I couldn't wait to get mine out of the house for the same reason and this was a quick and relatively inexpensive coop (much cheaper than building the chicken coop last year).  Good luck with whatever you choose!!

Mom to one daughter, Alekzandria, two dogs, Rex and Anna, fish, a corn snake named Stephen, 4 BR (Agnes, Rocky, Boris, & Lars), 1 RIR (Reba), 1 Guinea Hen (Fred), and 10 Red Comets (Matilda, Penny, Ingrid, Ruth, Ramona, Deliliah, Pauline, Diane, Margaret,  & Violet) oh yeah, and a husband of 3 years, Andy!
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Mom to one daughter, Alekzandria, two dogs, Rex and Anna, fish, a corn snake named Stephen, 4 BR (Agnes, Rocky, Boris, & Lars), 1 RIR (Reba), 1 Guinea Hen (Fred), and 10 Red Comets (Matilda, Penny, Ingrid, Ruth, Ramona, Deliliah, Pauline, Diane, Margaret,  & Violet) oh yeah, and a husband of 3 years, Andy!
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I also put a tarp on top...

Mom to one daughter, Alekzandria, two dogs, Rex and Anna, fish, a corn snake named Stephen, 4 BR (Agnes, Rocky, Boris, & Lars), 1 RIR (Reba), 1 Guinea Hen (Fred), and 10 Red Comets (Matilda, Penny, Ingrid, Ruth, Ramona, Deliliah, Pauline, Diane, Margaret,  & Violet) oh yeah, and a husband of 3 years, Andy!
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Mom to one daughter, Alekzandria, two dogs, Rex and Anna, fish, a corn snake named Stephen, 4 BR (Agnes, Rocky, Boris, & Lars), 1 RIR (Reba), 1 Guinea Hen (Fred), and 10 Red Comets (Matilda, Penny, Ingrid, Ruth, Ramona, Deliliah, Pauline, Diane, Margaret,  & Violet) oh yeah, and a husband of 3 years, Andy!
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post #8 of 12

It's amazing what you can build from pallets - scroll down to see a chicken coop:
http://summerville-novascotia.com/PalletShed/

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Originally Posted by rainplace 

It's amazing what you can build from pallets - scroll down to see a chicken coop:
http://summerville-novascotia.com/PalletShed/


I agree about the pallets. I am currently building a fence using old pallets, and once I get my pond all good to go, plan on using the pallets to build a coop for the ducks by the pond. smile Great cheap way. People and businesses are always giving away pallets.

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post #10 of 12

In my past life, lol the first time I had chickens, I used a dog kennel 10X10 or close with a tarp over it, and a 4X6 wooden playhouse all hardwire clothed in for chicken coops. the dog kennel was behind the playhouse for a run, and they were all happy

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