Duck Houses

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dixygirl, May 18, 2008.

  1. solarpup

    solarpup Chirping

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    We have two nearby nurseries, and both have a good pond plant section. There's all sorts of choices, ranging from plants in the pond directly, to those in the bog, to those near the shore. In the pond, I've got a water hyacinth, attached to a weighted string to keep it from being sucked into the filter. In the bog we have irises, mint, horsetail, and then we also have dock.

    There's only two concerns you have to worry about with the plants, both related to eating. 1) Is it poisonous to ducks? I do a quick Google search anytime I'm going to get a new plant to put in the pond. But most of the pond plants that one can buy are perfectly harmless to ducks. 2) Will the ducks love it too much? This wasn't a problem when we had just mallards, but our Swedish girls *love* vegetables. The dock is a very pretty, leafy plant that does fabulously in the bog, but since getting the girls, I have to put a big cage over the dock. The previous two dock plants we had in the bog, the girls stripped bare in under 30 minutes. Totally gone. The irises are a bit too big for them to eat, but they like to hide in it, and dabble in the bog underneath it. They love to attack horsetail, and spiral grass, and they also get caged to protect them from the girls. It's gotten much more difficult to keep plants going with the girls. They're necessary for the health of the pond, so it's a bit of a battle to keep them from getting destroyed.
     
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  2. Gabby2016

    Gabby2016 In the Brooder

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    I love this design! We have just ordered 4 Rouens, 4 Blue Swedish, and 4 Golden 300 to be delivered in late October. We are borrowing your design and are placing it on the side of our house away from our neighbors and the North wind. Thanks so much for posting because this made the decision about where to put the housing for our new girls. We currently have a Pekin that wandered into our yard about 1 1/2 months ago that is free raning our front yard. She belonged to a neighbor at the end of the street and had been in our yard about a week when they were driving by and saw her. They decided to let us keep her. Some time with Gabby and a lot of research later and we are expanding. We will move her to the back yard with out new hosing once the new arrivals are old enough. Thanks again for sharing your great design!
     
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  3. Gabby2016

    Gabby2016 In the Brooder

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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    @Gabby2016 Welcome to BYC!!

    I hope you have the Pekin in safe housing at night.

    Please post pics of your new lil ones when they arrive.
     
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  5. Gabby2016

    Gabby2016 In the Brooder

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    Yes. The neighbors that she belonged to brought me the pool and housing she and her companion were using. Her companion disappeared out of their yard as well, but none of us have been able to locate her in the neighborhood. I will post some pics of her and the ducklings when they arrive. Thanks again!
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    More than likely a pred got the other one. Duck dinner is high on the menu for all preds even domestic dogs. I am glad she has a good home and safe housing it's very important if we plan on keeping them a long time. Look forward to seeing them all. [​IMG]
     
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  7. Gabby2016

    Gabby2016 In the Brooder

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    So we finished our duck coop for arrival of the new babies. Here is the progress and finished product. If anyone has suggestions of how to make it better, please let me know. Thanks!

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  8. Sami64

    Sami64 Chirping

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    [​IMG]Here's my duck house. We went a bit over budget so just tarps on the roof for now. Next summer we're going to put on corrugated tin roofs.[​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  9. Fire Ant Farm

    Fire Ant Farm Get off my lawn

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    Is this by any chance based on one of those Starplate systems that Strombergs sells? (Looks like it) I've been thinking about housing using that...

    - Ant Farm
     
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  10. flossyfelix

    flossyfelix Songster

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    @Miss Lydia can I plant ivy or something like it on the new pin? You know so it will grow up/around the wires? Is it safe for the lovebirds?
     
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