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Does anyone know any quick/easy ways to make a duck shelter?in winter

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rooster brandon., Jan 7, 2011.

  1. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok i was suddenly given a pekin duck and i have a 50ftx40 horse pen that we have no use for except for now that will be his pen and all i need now is a easy/fast way to make a shelter for him.Any ideas,the reason it has to be quick is because he is in a medium dog taxi he cant stay in that for long.....Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get him a bigger dog taxi and lock him in it at night. You might want to buid a box of something over it just for added protection from the weather and predators. Alot of people on here use dog taxis.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Hay bales can be used to make a quick duck shelter. If the horse pen can be secured at night all he really needs for sleeping is 3 walls and a roof.
     
  4. I thought I would mention it would be really good to find him a duckie friend too.
    It's usually torture for a duck to be without another duck.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:ditto
     
  6. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if i could i would of done got a bigger pet taxi but there are none on craigslist oh and lets just say he is covered on a duck friend i got some for him........
     
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dog houses are good, straw bales too. Or any large container that you can add a makeshift door to--what about one of those large wooden electrical reels with an end cut out and a tarp over the top?

    Do you need predator protection, or just weather shelter?

    Look around your house, basement & garage for any structure that has a box-like shape to it. You can add sides with whatever materials you have on hand.

    Another option is a hexayurt. Buy eight sheets of plywood in equal sizes, and lots of duct tape. Tape six sheets on their sides into a hexagon. It will be self-supporting, but you'll have to cut a door. Add a flat roof with the other two sheets of plywood, or just 2 x 4s with a tarp thrown over.

    However, whatever you do, the duck may not use the shelter unless you force it. Strange shapes scare them.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
     

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