Duck house newbie!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AislanHay, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. AislanHay

    AislanHay Just Hatched

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    Hi all! So I'm a first time duck owner and I'm loving it! My ducks are so much fun and have great personalities!y dad, husband and I are currently building a duck house for them and I was curious what do you typically put inside the house. We live right ouseide of a big field with cyotes so I plan on putting them in their house at night. Any advice? [​IMG]
     
  2. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It needs bedding to protect their sensitive feet. Wood shavings work fine.

    A lot of people keep the food and water outside the duck house, because it gets really messy when ducks eat and drink. It might be a good idea to keep it indoors in the beginning to train the ducks to come inside and sleep.

    I would make a nest box, as for chickens, but bigger. Perhaps a foot by two feet wide. Our muscovy hens all lay in the nest. Very practical!

    Remember to put some ventilation openings along the top of the walls. And that you need to keep rain out. Ducks love water, but they also need a place where they can stay completely dry at all times.

    Insulation is probably unnecessary. Ducks are very cold resistant, much moreso than chickens.

    Due to the ducks' messiness, it could be a good idea to cover the floor and bottom part of the walls with a plastic mat (under the bedding), which is easy to hose down. It's not just the ducks' food that gets messy, but their poo as well. It's looser than chickens'.
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I use pine shavings in all my Duck houses..:)...Never use cedar shavings.....Straw rots to quickly and stinks...:)


    Best wishes...:)
     
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  4. AislanHay

    AislanHay Just Hatched

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    Thanks so much! We've checked off all the boxes except for insulation. The siding is waterproof though and we plan of putting heat lamps in their house.
     

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