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Building my duck house! Few questions.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mamaof2wi, May 15, 2016.

  1. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started the duck house this weekend. I am going to add a feeding area to this. My question is what should I use for the run area as I don't want it to be mud? I thought I read wood chips are not safe for ducks? Also the run area is 4 feet wide by 6 feet long (house is 4x4). Is that enough room for 4 ducks? They will be free range most of the time. This will be used at night and when we are gone for a weekend.

    Also we are getting 4, 2 for each kid. I was wondering about tagging their legs so they know who's is who's. Would little colored zip ties be a bad idea?


    Thanks!


    (did use some old tin off an old barn on our land, thought it would be neat to tie like that into my duck house).


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  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On zip ties, I use them on the ducklings, and right now, just one adult. I have to swap them out as they grow, but I haven't had an issue with them really. Much easier to remove than the spiral rings, but single use.
     
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  3. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop is big enough for four ducks, if they will be outside during the day. I would give them a bigger pen, though, unless you are going to let them free range often. Nice coop, btw :)
     
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  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh update on this, I went to a poultry show yesterday and saw about a dozen bird with zip ties as leg id. Some with two bands presumably because using 2 lets you id more individuals with fewer colors.
     
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  5. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did add more to the coop. A 3x5 feeding area. So the total sq is 55sq.

    Almost finish...

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  6. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice! That pen is big enough, now. They will love it, I'm sure! [​IMG]
     
  7. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I am tossing around adding to the other side to make it look more even[​IMG]
     

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