clear roof on a duck house?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LaurelC, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. LaurelC

    LaurelC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting an old dog house and modifying it to take a hinged lid for the muscovies I'll hopefully be getting soon. I was thinking of using clear polycarbonate corrugated roofing so that I could more easily monitor the status of any nests that get built, but wanted to be sure that the clear roof wouldn't be something that they'd hate.

    What has been your experience in regards to preference?
     
  2. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hawks and cats around my place love to look in and try to freak out whatever is inside the clear roofed coop that was here when i moved in. So your scovy will probly dislike as much as mine.
     
  3. LaurelC

    LaurelC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know. I guess I'll stick with an opaque roof over the house. Their run is going to be "roofed" with half welded wire, half clear corrugated roofing though, the corner they're getting is shady and I want as much light as possible.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I used clear polycarbonate on the first duck house - it worked nicely.
     
  5. LaurelC

    LaurelC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may be overthinking this, but if given a choice, do you think the ducks would have preferred a darker house?
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    They seemed quite content, and if there were trouble nearby, they would run into the house. I don't think there is right and wrong here. Go with your instincts. The ducks now have a night shelter in the walkout basement. Their ceiling is seven feet high, and they have a 9 foot wide, 4 foot tall window on one side. It ain't no dungeon [​IMG]
     
  7. Going Quackers

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    I think the key is allowing natural light IMO. sun does give warmth in the winter, i realize that can be a neg in the heat of the summer but good venting should offset that.

    No open roofing here BUT tons of windows in the main duck barn and big ones.. two of them are 3ft.. This main duck barn only houses Muscovy. They love the sun that flows in there.
     
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  8. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least with chickens - they lay better with more light. Dark coops are not great for consistent laying. I think ducks are the same way but mine lay pretty consistently all year long, seemingly regardless of light.
    I considered putting a clear roof on mine but went with corrugated metal and windows. if I had it to do again I'd probably go with a smoked poly roof (clear might be a little too much.)

    Ducks prefer being outside anyway, so if you can make it feel closer to outside they might appreciate that.
     
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah, the real question is do they have a "window seat" [​IMG]
     

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