Duck coop

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckncover, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    Is a nice sized dog coop attached to a run big enough for two ducks? I'm building a run onto a dog coop for my ducks who are coming back home soon. They were staying at a friends but she is very busy with her own birds and doesn't need to worry about mine. I'm planning on putting a big plant or something to block the neighbours from seeing in the coop in the front. Any ideas? I still have a little more of the top of the run to do but I should handle that tommorrow. I eventually want to put my small pond in there for them but not until spring when I have things figured out better. These ducks are scared of me so I'm really hoping they have ducklings that I could make friendly. How can I encourage egg laying and breeding behavior?

    Here is the unfinished coop+run
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    Here is the front side I want to block from view.
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    Here is the inside. I have 2 food/water dishes and milk crate for sleeping in.
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  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    The house should be big enough for two ducks. The run is a little small and will get yucky quickly. I would build a door with a lock onto that if I were you. I'd worry about night time predators. My two boys sleep in a big rubbermaid tote I modified for them and it keeps them perfectly safe and cozy at night. Now I'm working on a duck house for them and their 2 girlfriends that will be joining them this weekend.
     
  3. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    Okay next question.. how do I clean the soil once it gets yucky? With a hose? or should I lay down some apsen shavings? Hay is out of the question, I'm slightly allergic.
     
  4. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    Sand? Bigger run - yes!
     
  5. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you give them a bigger space it would be better and less yucky. I know some people put down rocks, such as river rocks.
     
  6. DuckWrangler16

    DuckWrangler16 Out Of The Brooder

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    I reckon that should easily big enough the door sugested would be an excellent add on. If you could mount the house on skies or something and move it around so you could hose of the poop and stuff would workinstead of scooping shavings evey couple of days [​IMG]
     
  7. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    My ducks are in a 240 sq ft dirt run and it never gets yucky. I will occasionally spray the ground with a hose to soften it and get the bugs to come to the surface. Pea gravel would be a good choice. You can just hose it off everyday or so. Putting the house on skids is a good idea. Will they be able to free range at all? That helps to distribute some of the poop. Also, the biggest contributing stink factor with the ducks is the dirty water. If you only let them have swimming water a couple times a week that will help. Just make sure they have a deep bucket for them to drink from. As for the inside of the house, I prefer pine pellets. I cut an indoor/outdoor rug to fit the bottom of their tote and a couple inches up the sides. Then I added 2 inches of pine pellets. When it gets nasty (and it takes a while if they don't eat or drink in the house) I pull the rug out, dump the pellets, hose off the rug and leave it to line dry. In the new house I'll be building I'm going to use pea gravel inside (no floor) with a layer of hay or straw for softness. Then I'll just remove the yucky hay and hose the gravel.
     
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    How do you get in and out? [​IMG]
     
  9. sprayandpray

    sprayandpray New Egg

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    not to be ignorant...but they need more space, and ducks need water, more than a bowl full to be happy. if you want friendly ducks, that produce eggs...give the space, and a kiddie pool even, dont let them feel as if they are in jail.
     
  10. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    Well I shot the ideas for a bigger run at my mom and....she got mad and said no ducks [​IMG]

    Yep my week is ruined. [​IMG]
     

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