Duck House/Chicken House/Quail House?! Help :)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lmuns349, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. lmuns349

    lmuns349 New Egg

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    Hi All,
    I am a new member, even though I've been using this forum as a research source for over a year. I was hoping to get some input on a coop/run situation. My husband and I have been building a quail pen for raising quail on the ground. We have a run finished, approx 6'x3' and about 2.5' high. We are working to attach a small coop for safety purposes.

    My dad has just asked if he can purchase a chicken coop for us, as a housewarming gift (we just bought our house a few month ago). I'm attaching a picture of the coop/run he wants to buy for us... I hope the picture comes through! The chicken coop/run is gorgeous, and of course I want it, but my husband and I have only ever been interested in ducks and quail. We wanted to start with quail because they seem easier to keep, and then possibly move up to ducks. I do, however, have a really hard time passing up the opportunity to have a coop like this gifted to me.

    So, even after over a year's worth of research, and knowing that ducks need to be kept closer to the ground, and need a wide door/ramp... And that quail really won't use a ramp or coop... What are your thoughts on this? Is it possible to keep ducks in something like this? Should I pass it up since it's really meant for chickens (should I consider chickens?!)[​IMG]
     
  2. lmuns349

    lmuns349 New Egg

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    Oh, I should probably add that our township only allows 2 fowl at any household with a property of our size. We would get 3 quail maybe, but we could only have 2 ducks/chickens at once.
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That will be okay for ducks.. and if you get them young they won't protest about having to go up a ramp.
     
  4. Krazyquilts

    Krazyquilts Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    My girls use a ramp, albeit wider and at a lower angle, and the only time they've had any trouble was after it had rained for several days in a row and the wood was kind of slimed and slippery and they couldn't get a grip. They also like to slide down their ramp - I guess walking is just too slow or boring lol.

    I think that since the one in your post has those horizontal pieces of wood on the ramp that ducks could probably get up it just fine, especially if as @dotknott said and you get young ones. If they have too much trouble, you could always modify the ramp to be kind of L shaped instead of just straight, and maybe wider and at a lower angle. But I think they'd probably be fine.

    Here's a pic of my ducks' house with the ramp. (Btw I would not design the door like that again, where it's a ramp/door combo with a second, smaller ramp. Way too fiddley and heavy.)

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  5. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I would make a wider ramp with a railing and put something grippy on the ramp so they can waddle up.....They will be great.....


    Best wishes.....Ducks are lots of fun....:)


    Cheers!
     
  7. lmuns349

    lmuns349 New Egg

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    Thanks all! Maybe we'll get a couple ducks AND a couple quail. [​IMG]

    For the ducks-- do any of you have welsh harlequins? Are they relatively friendly/sociable with humans? I've read that khakis can be a bit skittish, and I'd prefer a good egg layer that would get along well with us and maybe even our dog (dog would definitely be a careful trial process!)
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I have Appleyards, Buff and Call Ducks....Mine are all friendly.....Welsh are known to be good too....:)

    Best of luck!

    Cheers!
     

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