Duck area upgrade!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by michellers, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's time to upgrade the duck area for Rachel and Phoebe (Blue Swedish, over 2 years old now)! Our current duck coop and run is about 6' x 12' and is located within our 5-foot chain-link backyard. The space is shared with our dogs when they go outside (2 Danes, 3 Beagles, and whatever foster dog we have at the time). It's great to have the fenced-in area for the ducks, but we have to have the dogs inside to let the ducks out and then we need to have the ducks in their run to let the dogs out. Luckily, we have only had one "oops" of forgetting to put the ducks away before letting the dogs out (nobody was harmed).

    Here is the current living area when it was being built a couple years ago.
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    Coop (now with vents, but this was the day it was finished - surprise that my husband built me)
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    Working on the new area. It's well shaded and is 40' x 40' in size. We will line the inside of the fence with smaller fencing, but using the panels for structure.
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    Here is the beginning of the new duck "coop" construction. It's 8' x 16' and will have an open area (think of an open garage, but no door) that will have the pond inside (to keep tree leaves out of it), food and water, as well as just general bad-weather. It will also have a typical "shed" enclosed area that will house their duck coop, supplies, and be a safe location to "lock them in" at night.
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    We changed up some of the foundation under the framing. We were having a tough time leveling at first. All good now.
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    I'm so excited to see more progress as the weather cooperates and when we have time on the weekends! I'll be sure to update as there are new things to share.
     
  2. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do live in Wisconsin, so the current duck run will double as the "winter home" for the ducks. They don't get a pond in the winter, so they will have more space inside of there. We use tarps to help with a couple of the sides for the wind. The back side is open since the garage is there to help. I would like to use tarps that are more clear to help get some more sunshine in there, but I used what I had last year.

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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Beautiful! Well laid out! Your choice of colors is great, too.

    We have been planning a move an an upgrade for our Day Pen. Still working out some logistics . . . .
     
  4. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!

    Since this post, adjusted the roof and screwed it to the framing. Reinforced some areas. Paneling is going on next. Looking forward to "see" it come together!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Just watch for any gaps! You already know that - but for others who may read this - there are some predators that can squeeze through a one-inch gap. Or they will reach, and do whatever damage they can. shudder.
     
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    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Awesome, I like it. [​IMG]
     
  8. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday was shingles and the gutter. Didn't bother with downspout until I have the height of my rain barrel figured out.

    Love seeing progress!

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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Looks great and very well built! [​IMG]
     
  10. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday and today, Rachel and Phoebe were able to spend the day in their new area. I haven't had them spend the night there yet, but they are getting more curious and checking out the other areas of their new space.

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