Central Quack - Duck Run

  1. michellers
    Last year, I took my first journey into duck ownership. Or is it that my ducks own me? Either way, I found myself ordering two female Blue Swedish ducklings and patiently (I use that word loosely) waiting for them to arrive.

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    They stayed inside until they were old enough to handle the outdoor temperatures. As they grew up, it was time for me to build their outdoor home!

    Supplies picked up!
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    Walls built.
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    Even picked up a FREE 100 gallon pond - BRAND NEW! Did I mention it was FREE!?

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    Adding the screen.
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    Girls were wondering if their run was ever going to be finished....
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    Preparing the ground underneath (landscape fabric, chicken wire under there, etc.).
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    Walls are up!
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    And the roof!
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    Some of our dogs had to check out the craftsmanship.
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    Pond was "Phoebe and Rachel approved".
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    Added smaller gravel, a pre-made wood dog house, and the girls!
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    Steps to the pond.
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    And yesterday I ordered two more ducklings to arrive in a couple weeks - two Fawn/White Runners to join the crew! Spring projects include setting the pond into the ground more (right now I have a drain on the bottom and plumbing to run the yard (happy grass loves that water). We're also going to build our own coop with double walls, so we can insulate them in the winter (we live in Wisconsin).

    Thanks for checking out Central Quack!

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  1. wingedshade
    I like it! How long does it take them to dirty the water, and how do you clean it? I presume it's raised off the ground to drain it.
  2. highcountrybell
    nice setup! and duck pool area!
  3. teneyck farms
    i like this coop
  4. michellers
    I have never let our ducks out when the Danes are outside. I don't imagine they would do anything besides sniff, since that's what they do with our cats inside the house. I also rather not take the chance, so no mingling between Danes and ducks! Our Beagle doesn't care about them at all. Seems mutual though!

    Our dogs don't even go near the run anymore (since it's in their fenced-in area). Old news I guess!
  5. SwedishDude99
    I know the Great Dane question was meant for michellers, but ours get along great with all of our poultry/waterfowl. The older dane lays with them when they free range, and the younger one just ignores them. And great job on that run by the way! I have the same pond, but it was $125.00
  6. buffchicks
    Run looks good. How does the Great Dane do with the ducks?
  7. crazyfeathers
    Great job, I need one of those free ponds lol.

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