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Duck coop - working with a barn to make it

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kmacgera, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. kmacgera

    kmacgera New Egg

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    We need to add wire fencing. The stable is open from about 4 or 5 feet all the way to the vaulted ceiling. Should we use 1/4" mesh? There is a turnout that I thought we would put some netting like they do for fruit trees.

    I'm know we have coyotes and eagles, plus the usual predators.

    The last time I kept ducks I didn't have a nesting box, just a big coop that they went into at night. Do they like individual boxes? We made an approximately twin sized "bed" to fill with litter and straw. The other 1/2 of the stable would be for food and water.

    I'm not worried about the cold. Mild winters.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I find that half inch metal hardware cloth - 16 gauge - is pretty effective.

    For many ducks, a nesting box is not something they use. They do often, however, seem to like corners, so I put a few 2ft x 2ft plywood panels at right angles to the wall so they can make their own nests in the bedding.
     

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