Duck coop - working with a barn to make it

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

  1. kmacgera

    kmacgera Hatching

    Jan 30, 2016
    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

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    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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