We're trying to build the duck house this week. I think we know what we're doing for the basic frame, but wondering about windows, insulation, and the rafters.
We live in western NY, so winters can get pretty cold, and summers can get pretty hot - though the intended location for the house is shaded.
The Storey book talks about the value of insulating the duck house to extend egg laying farther into the cold months, but I've also come across posts and articles lately saying that a LOT of ventilation is ideal - as in, don't even bother with the fourth wall! Unfortunately, I didn't actually read the articles, just the titles, so I don't know what the justification is or how sound the idea may be. So confused.
We're working out the details of the roof, and realizing that, of course, between the rafters there's a big ole gap between the roof and walls. Do I try to seal that up tight? Put up more hardware cloth? Figure that it's high enough that raccoons can't reach in and pull out a duck, so not worry??
Do I need to have a vent at the top anyway?
Should I insulate the roof? How about the walls? If I do insulate, does that mean that I need an internal wall, too, or are there some types of insulation that wouldn't need that?
Are windows recommended? If I don't give them any source of light, will they sleep in? 'They're in our attached garage right now, with a west-facing window, and when they start squawking in the morning, we hear them before the neighbors. I'm a little worried that if they have screened windows, they'll be noisy earlier AND that attached garage will buffer us from the noise, but not the neighboring houses.