Does your duck house have a floor?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by awesomefowl, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Greetings, duckish folks!

    I am in the process of building a 4 x 4' shed for my little sis, in the hope of her getting three ducks. Would it be better to put on a plywood floor and raise it on cement blocks like you'd do for chickens, or just put it on the ground on some sort of thin support? Can ducks sleep on the ground, albeit with a thick layer of bedding? I'm just afraid the walls of the house will rot.
    Any thoughts? [​IMG]

    It is only about 3' high with a slanted yet-to-be-put-on roof, FYI.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Is the coop inside a pen? If the coop doesn't have a floor I'd be afraid a predator could dig underneath to get the ducks.
  3. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    We had hardware cloth floor raised off the ground in our duck house (about 6-8 inches off ground). Within two weeks of putting the ducks out in the house at night we found out why....something tried to burrow under and couldn't get in. Our drake house is raised on trailer bed with solid floor - much more difficult to clean. I used stall mats in the hen house with bedding in winter for extra warmth.
  4. grawg

    grawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    East Tennessee
    I also use hardware cloth for my floor, I cover it with straw and/or wood shavings. I even shredded some cardboard and tried that one, but it was meh so I haven't bother with it again.

    Here is a picture of the duck house I made. It is 4'x6'
  5. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I think I'll get some extra hardware cloth (I was already going to get some for the window on the front) and make a platform like grawg's. Great idea!!! I want the house to be semi-permanent so i can move it if I need to, so that looks like a good option. [​IMG]

    If I get treated 2x4s, can it sit right on the ground without rotting?

    I knew the BYCers would have some great ideas! I make sure I post pictures once it is finished!
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    We built our ducks 'mini barn' up on basically a deck.. they were huge, industrial skids.. so the floor is wood.. and then we put rubber stall mats down. It's very solid.. and it being elevated keeps the wood from rotting...
  7. grawg

    grawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    East Tennessee
    Mine was supposed to be mobile...but after walls and the roof it turned out heavier than expected. I still have some old lawnmower wheels I might attach this spring/summer and with well designed handles I could move it pretty easily. Most of my build is pictured on my profile page or I suppose my public photo album now?
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    How do we see a members public album?

  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Click on the users name and select profile. [​IMG]
  10. duckiegirl

    duckiegirl New Egg

    Jan 12, 2012
    Im sorry my comment doesnt have anything to do with your post. but how did you put a quote on their underneath your post?

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