Do you really need a duck coop?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Maryrenee, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Maryrenee

    Maryrenee New Egg

    Oct 24, 2016
    We just got our first flock and we are trying to decide on how to build their permanent run. Do you have to include a coop if the whole run will be roofed? Or can you get away with nesting boxes? Please be respectful of our lack of knowledge about a coop but advice or thoughts are welcome! Thank you! We are really excited about our ducks!!
  2. Mortenson1987

    Mortenson1987 Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2016
    Albany, IL
    I would still recommend a coop. Most runs, even roofed, are not predator proof. Wild animals can still dig under or rip through wire depending on what predators are in your area
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Coops are important for keeping your flock safe from predators and from wind and rain. A roofed run is good, but it doesn't protect from wind and blowing rain. And it's much easier and cost effective to build a secure coop than it is to try to build a completely secure run.
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  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    It depends on how you build the run and what materials you use.
    If something can reach through, you will eventually have an issue. My ducks always like to hang out in a corner or against something. And raccoons can reach through chicken wire and remove a duck, piece by piece.
    If you use 1/4 or maybe 1/2" hardware cloth, that may not be an issue.
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  5. Maryrenee

    Maryrenee New Egg

    Oct 24, 2016
    Thank you!! We were looking at extending the wire under ground and building some wall only about half way up the. Running wire up the rest. I can't seem to find the picture we found with the idea but if so I will post it. Thank you all! We just want something easy to clean and not get gross for them. I really appreciate the thoughts [​IMG]
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2016
    Rhode Island
    My Coop
    @Maryrenee where are you located? It may be necessary if not for predator protection but for weather protection.

    How many ducks of what variety?

    I prefer a house, since in encourages laying in a particular area, and keeps food mess out of their bed.
  7. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict


    This is what I use....The top is also a panel with a tarp...Dog house is large enough for 5 Ducks and possibly 2 more...

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  8. Maryrenee

    Maryrenee New Egg

    Oct 24, 2016

    We live in Washington State. West of the mountains, about 35 mins northeast of Seattle.
    We have three Anconas and two Rouens.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
  9. Maryrenee

    Maryrenee New Egg

    Oct 24, 2016
    Thank you for the idea! That might work out really well for us!!
  10. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    I'd suggest building a coop for when you inevitably decide to expand into chickens also, then you'll already be all set up. :)
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