Small Duck House Dog House Kit

By TLWR · May 26, 2012 · ·
  1. TLWR
    This was the house we originally used for 3 Indian Runner ducks.

    We purchased a dog house kit from Lowe's. Purchased some cedar boards to make a door along with a pair of hinges and a lock.

    Completed house, with added light, door and lock

    House complete as the dog house kit
    Assembled according to directions

    Close up of door
    We used cedar tongue and groove boards to make the door and framed it out with another piece of cedar. Installed a thin piece on either side of the door opening on the dog house to attach hinges and the lock.

    Back side of the door was painted with many coats of exterior paint for easy hose cleaning. The lower half and floor of the duck house was also painted with several coats of exterior paint before the ducks started using it. All I've done to clean it was use a hose and every now and then when I didn't hose daily and poop baked on, a scrub brush (but not often).

    Room for 3 runners

    I used a short plastic storage bin filled with leaves/pine straw for bedding. This is Blue who decided to try being broody for a few days sitting on 3 eggs... none fertile.

    This dog house kit from Lowe's served us well. It worked fine for 3 adult runner duck girls. Once we decided to add a few more ducks, we upgraded and the Lowe's kit duck house is now in use for the new ducklings. We eventually added a eye bolt to the roof and lower portion of a wall to attach a bungee cord as added protection. Only thing I'd have done differently is to have made a way for water to drain out for daily cleaning (via hose) to go out without having to get it out the door. And paint the entire inside walls/floors instead of just half. The draining for cleaning wasn't a big issue, but would have made it quicker and a tad bit easier.

    It is also a very portable house as it is light. Easy to move to new locations as needed.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. MROO
    "A Dog House Kit? GREAT Idea!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Starting with a dog house kit (or even just a dog house) is a great time-saver! The instructions are clear and well-supported by clear photos of happy ducks. The notes on adaptations, like the porch-painted interior, and the "what-I-would-do-differently-next-time" comments are especially helpful. This is a simple, efficient, very good-looking poultry house.
    Note for chicken owners - use a different wood for chicken coops, as cedar is toxic to chickens. Not only will it keep your chickens healthier, but it will save you some money!
  2. tjo804
    "Duck house"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    great idea to see another purpose! I love that you updated what you would do differently.


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  1. NanaKat
    Great idea for a duck house for my three babies.
    We could use a keyhole drill to make a couple of holes along the front side and raise the back by a 1 x 4 board to allow water to flow out the doorway and front without losing structural integrity or safety.
  2. judyki2004
    Love it! & your ducks are gorgeous, o my , how cute this Blue! if it was me I 'll get a male duck asap, it would be lovely to see some tiny ducklings following Blue everywhere!!!
  3. SmallFarmChick
    Nice! Easy. quick, cheap, and smart!
  4. joan1708
    very nice.
  5. Stumpy
    Very nice and cute!
  6. Knock Kneed Hen
    That's a nice little house, cute too! Thanks for all the do's and don'ts tips!!

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