Duck & Hen Coop/Run Design Pictures

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by culturalinfidel, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. culturalinfidel

    culturalinfidel Chirping

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    We are looking at adding a couple of ducks to our flock and wanted to see pictures of combo coops/runs. We have never had ducks before but my better half really wants to add a couple to our urban flock. Any tips and info is also greatly appreciated!
     
  2. courtsmarans

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    I might be mistaken (as i have not yet explored it) but i think there are "My Coop" articles. That would be a helpful place to check out!
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Are you planning on ducks and chickens living in the same coop....or separately?
     
  4. culturalinfidel

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    Originally when I made this post, I was thinking same coop. But, now after thinking on it, we will be building a separate coop for the ducks in a completely different part of the yard. We already have a pond in our front yard so we are going to put the duck coop/run area out there.
     
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  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    How many ducks?

    Ducks poop a lot. If they are fenced all the time I recommend more than the 10 square feet per bird that is often quoted for chickens.

    Duck housing is easy. They don't need roosts or nest boxes. Just something secure and low to the ground (easy to climb in/out). Also give them some bedding to nestle down in and lay eggs in. They often choose to sleep outdoors, so if you give them a fully fenced (including roof) space that allows them to sleep outdoors they will like that. Think dog house.

    I recently changed my setup and the pool is in a fenced area that is different/separate to the area where they are locked when no one is home and locked over night. It really helps keep the muck down to have the pool in a very separate area than their sleeping (and laying) area.

    Here is a link to the duck section:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/ducks.30/

    and here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/ducks-sticky-topics-index.256233/

    and here is a link to duck housing:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/duck-pond-pool-pictures.320654/

    and coops in general:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/chicken-coops.12/
     
  6. culturalinfidel

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    This is what we are thinking: 20190722_102726.jpg

    The coop itself will be built against the planter box. I have a pond pump to install still for our murky old pond. Only planning on 2 ducks. We can easily adjust to have pond closed to them if needed.
     
  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I would also think about ease of HUMAN access to the duck house. Can you easily reach in it for egg collection and cleaning in that location?
     
  8. culturalinfidel

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    Yup! there is a 3' walking path behind that area and then a row of blueberry bushes. Plenty of room for access. Hard to tell in pic, I know.
     
  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    They are gonna love that pond!
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    ...and @culturalinfidel will love it if they have a easy way to drain and clean it. ;)
     
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