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Does any one have any pics of there wood duck/mandarin coops/pens ? I am getting some mandarin eggs and at least one pair of wood ducks and need some ideas on how to make it . They willl also have a 10x20 barn/shed to be in as well if they dont want to be in the coop .
  i have a few kiddie pools and plastic ponds that could be used in it as well .

Is there any certain plants,tres or bushes i should use in it ??
Any help would be great

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Originally Posted by poultrykeeper08 

Does any one have any pics of there wood duck/mandarin coops/pens ? I am getting some mandarin eggs and at least one pair of wood ducks and need some ideas on how to make it . They willl also have a 10x20 barn/shed to be in as well if they dont want to be in the coop .
  i have a few kiddie pools and plastic ponds that could be used in it as well .

Is there any certain plants,tres or bushes i should use in it ??
Any help would be great


Doubtful they use the barn much, they prefer to be outside.  The bigger the aviary, the better.  I like my ducks to be full winged (although I have pinioned birds) and my aviary for ducks is 12' high, allows them lots of room to fly around.  I used a stong pond liner purchased on eBay for my pond.  Had to be replaced once after 3 years of use (replacement below) due to sun damage and poor planning (rocks in the water hold debris from being pumped out).

http://www.gbwf.org/pond02.jpg

http://www.gbwf.org/pond03.jpg

http://www.gbwf.org/pond04.jpg

I planted Aussie Willows inside and need trimmed quite often, but tough and grow well.  The Mandarins, Whistling-Ducks & Pheasants in the aviary use the branches for perching.  Front left corner below -

http://www.gbwf.org/pond05.jpg

I was able to get a hold of several varieties of native grass plugs from a friend who works with the MDC.  I'm not sure of their ID, but they generally grow in clumps (not unlike Pampas, which I tried and it died) and provides great nesting cover. 

http://www.gbwf.org/wfduck02.jpg

Allow the aviary to your canvas and you the painter, the plants/ponds your paint.  Experiment with a variety of plants till you find one that works well for you.   

Dan

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http://www.animalwonders.net - Programs to Enhance Appreciation of the Natural World 
816-807-4748 dan@animalwonders.net http://www.facebook.com/animalwonderskc http://twitter.com/dancowell
http://www.gbwf.org - dedicated to the aviculture & conservation of the world's galliformes

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do you use a pump for your pond ?


Edited by poultrykeeper08 - 7/7/08 at 9:57pm
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post #4 of 52

Dan, your aviary is wonderful! I would love to build one like that someday! And your little boy is so precious:)

My pen is not very glamorous, but the ducks seem to like it. I was not planning to breed my wood ducks, but my female had differet plans. She made a nest in the call duck house, and there she is with her husband, happy as can be!

My duck pool is just a kiddie pool with a plug at the bottom. I wrote alot about it on another topic of the forum. But here's a pic anyway!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/BeckyBird_photos/WoodieNest.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/BeckyBird_photos/HPIM2591.jpg

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post #5 of 52

Dan your aviary is very nice - I don't have any of my wild ducks yet but i have been wondering what to do about the aviary as well.  It seems every tree I've planted in there hasn't done well - and there are no ducks or geese even using that pen right now.  I dunno - will have to go to home depot and buy some more -  at least they have that one year guarantee.  I have noticed that many people use evergreens in their aviaries - since I live in high elevation maybe I should concentrate on those.

Great ideas from you guys. smile

post #6 of 52
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becky bird i really like you coop ! im gunna combine both your i deas to make my coop !
i get my mandarin eggs sunday and my wood ducks next sunday

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I thought you were having to sell all your chickens because it was against the ordinances where you live?  Are they going to let you keep waterfowl, but no chickens?

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #8 of 52

I have Black East Indies.

I have never lost one. They fly around the house and everything.
They do have an inclosure for winter, when we are not home and I lock them up at night.

Its not fancy but it works well its 6 feet high and 10 feet long X8 feet wide.

I made it out of 2X3's because they were easyer to handle while building it.
I did use treated 2X4's for the base. 
IF THEY WERE GOING TO BE IN IT 100% of the time I would have made it 8 feet tall and twice as big.

It has a 35 gallon pond with a plug I pull to drain it.
http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL733/3314574/7724703/108129181.jpg
I added a Red Dog House for the winter. I put a tarp on top and added Clear plastic to 2 sides for a wind break.

http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL733/3314574/7724703/121798907.jpg

THEY ALSO Have a 100 gallon pond out front.
http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL733/3314574/7382242/101684735.jpg


Edited by Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies - 5/30/08 at 9:04am
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post #9 of 52
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if they werenst so loud i would of liked to get some !


Since we know the guy who inspecs your house to make sure all birds are gone he said i can keep birds that look wild .So we are keeping my geese ,muscoveys,pheasants and i am getting wood ducks . Even though most of my geese are white we wont get rid of them . We dont care thy are staying . Just becasue 2 nieghbors think they run the street and are retired and have nothing better to do than complain doesnt mean are family members are going to be re-homed . If anybody is going to be re-homed it should be the cranky nieghbors with no  lives ! sorry i had to vent a bit . lol

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post #10 of 52

That's weird you have to get rid of just your chickens... The funny rules we live by. LOL

-Kim

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