Duck Housing Ventilation

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DeathByCocoa, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. DeathByCocoa

    DeathByCocoa Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I live in Florida and am planning how to build our ducks' house. We're going to house them in our screened in porch where we'll place their house and pond. I have been doing research on different duck housing plans. So I do have a rough idea/design in mind. I do have a question concerning the ventilation and insulation. I am going to put windows along the top of their house. I was wondering, since it gets so humid and hot, just how many windows to put in. During my research I came across this: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700717/duck-house-ventilation-vs-insulation thread that mentioned a ventilated roof. Is it over kill to do this on top of the windows along the top of the house? Also, do you guys know of any ways to help control humidity within the duck house? Does insulation help with this?
     
  2. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in TX and I have a 3 sided coop. The 4th side is all hardware cloth because we deal mostly with heat here. It also has a grap of 1 1/2 inches between the top of the house and roof (also enclosed with hardware cloth). I think a hoop coop or 3 sided would be your best bet.
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would have the extra ventilation if I were you. What part of Florida, north or south? What are your temperature extremes?
     
  4. DeathByCocoa

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    Thanks for the replies. =]

    I'm in Central Florida I believe (give or take a little more over an hour from the Tampa Bay region). We have "winters" (it really isn't winter) that drops down into the 30s during November to January. But that's only for a few days or weeks at a time then it'll spike right back up to 80 the next day. For the rest of the year it'll be anywhere in the 70s to the 90s, and because of the humidity it'll make it feel a lot hotter than what the actual temperature.

    I'm not a true Floridian (grew up in Northern California) so the drastic weather changes that we get here totally baffle me.
     
  5. DeathByCocoa

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    Okay, so after looking at your guys' suggestions I found these coops on here:

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    It's taking your suggestion for airiness into consideration. I just worry about how should I compensate for the cold weather. Or does it not really matter too much? I've tried to find what temperature extremes ducks can handle but have come up nothing so that's why I'm not too sure.

    Any suggestions are really welcome. Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
     
  6. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are some cute coops! You can see mine in my pics. I don't do anything to my coop till it hits the 30's and then I cover the open side with a piece of wood that I remove when it warms up. Ducks are cold hardy and mine will never set foot in their house even when it's in the 20-30's till I physically put them in there. As long as they have a place to get out of the wind I think you will be fine.
     
  7. DeathByCocoa

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    Thanks @needlessjunk for the suggestion! I'll talk to the bf and his brother-in-law (they're helping me build the duck coop) to see if they can put a "track" into the cage so that it would be easy to slide a board of wood in then to use for covering up. From what you say, I'll have to find a way then to get the ducks into their home at night. [​IMG] We get raccoons so I'm going to make them go in at night for their safety.
     

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