Ducks got evicted.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ruth, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    The chickens have really been complaining about their newest residents, the "messy, smelly ducks", and though I think they may be racists, bigots, I gave in to their demands and evicted the ducks this weekend.

    I turned the old building next to the coop into a new duck house and fenced yard just for the ducks.

    Here's some before pictures. It had been used at one time as a kid's play house. The door was pretty much falling apart but the walls are made like a log cabin, cut and fitted together, built of 4 inch solid cypress boards/logs.

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    Here it is all cleaned up with addition of hardware cloth nailed to inside lower walls to cover the gaps in boards. I left a few pieces of furniture in case their chicken friends want to visit, which they do each day, and I left a bowl of fresh gardenias as a House Warming gift.

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    Here are the new residents checking things out.

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    Here's a view of the duck yard. It's three times larger than the chicken yard next door, has grass, and the best thing is it had a buried pipe with an open end in duck yard and the other end on other side of fence. So I could put their blow-up pool there and dump it each day and it goes down the drain instead of all over yard - which was really making a smelly mess when they were in the chicken yard.

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    Their chickens friends still come over every day - they just jump the fence and hang out with their duck friends who they like much better now that they have their own place. I think the chickens were just getting a little cranky and complaining because of sleep deprivation. Seems the ducks like to wander around their coop all night quacking and carrying on and the chickens weren't getting enough sleep.

    Like they say - "Good fences make Good Neighbors".
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Like they say - "Good fences make Good Neighbors".

    Isn't that the truth! The girls sound like they didn't like their messy room mates. [​IMG] I hope the ducks enjoy the new digs.​
     
  3. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks got evicted today too. I put them in a horse stall with concrete floors for easier cleanup and I am going to let them run around the paddock when the horses are in the other pasture and I am watching them. I think they will be happier and I will be happier and they can make all the mess they want without getting the chicken's pen so messy and wet.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    That was a real good story!
     
  5. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats really neat Ruth those old buildings were built to last but with time the age shows, the way things blow there what if anything do you have to do to eliminate drafts? [​IMG]

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  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine got evicted ast week. I got tired of them being such sloppy drinkers. They are outside now with free run of the fenced backyard. At night they go to a little shelter between the AC unit and the fence. they are happy and have so far not been in my veggies. I dont have a pool for them, scovys dont really need them.
     
  7. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:We don't get that many freezing nights but we still cover both coops with thick plastic and put heaters in them. Both buildings are wired for electricity.

    And yes, there are some boards that have really rotted or been eaten by insects on one side or the other but they are still solid. I tried driving nails in them and was surprised. I didn't want to remove any more of the old, original work than necessary since they are 100 years old but I will try and fill and repair eventually. I have been researching some rot repair techniques.

    Was just glad over these last four days while hubby was out of town that I got a front door for chicken coop built and could finally take down plastic that's been there since Dec.; built the chickens a ladder that wasn't death defying; and cleaned out and converted the building next door for the ducks. All in all a very productive four days - all by my little ole self.
     
  8. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    might be a used limber reseller in your area that would keep it era authentic, especially after the hurricane.
     
  9. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:Good suggestion but I have found enough old timbers and boards in various barns and shed to build another building or two out of. The barn is full of old cut and hewn cypress timbers.

    On both coops I used old boards wherever possible. Only problem with them is they are so hard you can't get a nail or screw in them. I had to drill holes first and then use a power tool to get the screw to go in.
     
  10. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    Sounds like a good arrangement for everyone, all the way around! And the duck's new digs have the perfect "guest" room area for entertaining when the chickens visit.

    A little off topic - but what in the world do you think makes those old boards so incredibly hard? We have an old cabin built out of very rough cut wood that is rock solid and never rots. Some of it (front porch, for example) has never seen a speck of paint. Do you think it petrifies or something? Amazing.

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