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Duck coop????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by teachao, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. teachao

    teachao Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to know how to build a duck house and run for 4 duckling fast and cheap. May be other materials that could be used to build one. My biggest preators are raccoons and cats. I know I can use a kiddie pool for a pond. My back yard is fenced. No shed and no garage. Please help me I really, really really want to keep these ducklings. They are 11 days old. Thanks so much. Anne
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is mine for my 3 ducks. Made out of inexpensive lumber. A dog house would work too. I used a horse trough for their pool.
    Good luck and enjoy your duckies.
     
  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    this is ta pic of the hot wire around the chook run as well.

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    I fenced in a fresh water stream so they have water but I also have a kiddie pool which they dont need. I have harware cloth down the sides and 12 inches at the bottom so nothing can dig in, and 2 lines of hot wire, gonna put a third at the top. The dog house I bought for $30 and fixed up with new roof and such, the nest is an old tree stup I adjusted. works well, they never go into the house anyway. I have a tarp over 1/4 of it to keep rain off of them if they want.
     
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  4. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my set up..I have a big dog style house I am going to put in there when it gets here..Being shipped...The pool has a tub drain so it drains out the back and down hill I hose the rocks off so poo ges bye-bye..There are welded pipes and wire across the top then the tarp for shade..Dont have many predetors I live in the city..


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  5. SevenWinds

    SevenWinds Out Of The Brooder

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    Search hoophouse on here. I have issues with hawks. The cattle panels combined with garden wire on bottom and poultry fence on top are super cure. I will try and post a picture of our duck house when I get home from work. Cattle panels $21 a piece at tractor supply (frames the whole run).
     
  6. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a little A-frame shelter for my ducks and geese. The two sides are open, and the other two sides are pieces of 4x8 plywood with 2x4s to hold them together. I turned it so the wind hits one of the sides almost all of the time. They really only use it to lay eggs and to keep out of the hot sun. The run I built with hardware cloth on bottom and chicken wire on top and just netted the top. Using chain link with some chicken wire or hardware cloth run around the bottom to keep raccoons from reaching through and pulling off the ducks heads would be best. Hardware cloth is really the best for this, but it's really pricey.

    With the geese in mine I haven't had problems with raccoons, but you'll probably want to secure the top too, so they don't rip it open. And definitely prepare some kind of shade if at all possible.

    I found a low spot n the corner of my run and laid down an old water bed bladder, I propped up the edges all the way around with rocks so it holds water. It's not great, but it worked the first couple of summers until I got an old cow trough set up for swimming.
     
  7. L0rraine

    L0rraine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pics and wonderful designs.

    Question for xfilesnumber1fan:

    I've been trying to find a kiddie pool or watering tub with a drain - did you put yours in yourself or find a pool with one already? There are watering tubs at the feed store, but only the really deep ones seem to have drains.

    Thanks.
     
  8. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

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    We had a underground pond (those black rubber things you put in the ground) and I didn't dig a hole put it upside down and cut a door in it with a saw and filled it with hay.
     
  9. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My husband installed the drain system it was just a pool from wal-mart then we went to Lowes and bought an $11 bathtub drain...A hose runs under the pool and down hill
     
  10. L0rraine

    L0rraine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My husband installed the drain system it was just a pool from wal-mart then we went to Lowes and bought an $11 bathtub drain...A hose runs under the pool and down hill

    Thanks I'm going to have to give it a try!
     

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