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Small Duck Coop With Re Purposed Materials

By ekdesign1, Oct 2, 2012 | Updated: Oct 5, 2012 | | |
  1. ekdesign1
    • This coop began it's life as a 3x4 dog house that our 50lb dog walked into and out of twice and never went into again.
    • I took one side of the roof off and installed two hinges...I use bolts thru the lid to keep it raccoon proof.
    • I removed one of the fake side windows and re-framed it and put hinges on it to be a side door.
    • Inside I modified the opening to allow me to drop in boards to close it off when the ducks were ducklings, and now for when it gets really windy and cold.
    • I then re-purposed some small t-posts from my garden, 24" tall woven wire from around my tomatoes, scrap 1x2's to lay out the top rails, and a couple of leftover pieces of asphalt corrugated roof material to create the 32" x 7' covered area outside the dog house/coop.
    • This lets the ducks have a covered play area when they aren't loose in the outer pin.
    • I also added hinges at one end so that I can raise the "lid" to clean it out.
    • I use a couple carabiners to lock the side door, and some old pieces of PVC to hold open the lids.
    • To get light and heat, I simply tucked a surge protector (covered by a plastic bag) under the back eave, and then have two light timers to handle a light and a heat lamp and used scrap wire to cover the bulbs...I plugged it all into a GFCI outlet on my garage.
    • It all looks pretty dingy for now, but hey it was almost free (OK, I once purchased every thing new) and I will refinish the outside in the spring.

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  1. ekdesign1
    They seem to be happy, especially when they get to play in the water. And, yes I was thrilled to not have to spend additional money upfront except for chick feed and some bedding materials.
  2. Lady Ressler
    There is something that makes you more poud of your work when you use repurposed materials than when you use new construction materials. The ducks look like they are very happy. Great work!

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