Enclosure ideas please?

duckcreekfarm

Hatching
Mar 31, 2015
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Can I get some assistance on ideas for a duck enclosure?
I got my ducklings before I built an enclosure... ignoring all advice about how stinky they are lol.
So now I am frantically building a duck pen. What I am currently setting up is a 6' by 20' chain-link run with an old goat shed on one end. The shed is homemade, about 4' by 8'. The run is covered with a long chain link panel.
My plan was to put 1"x 2" welded wire around the bottom of the run, about 2' high, with a skirt to keep out digging predators. But will this be enough to keep the bad guys out??
 

cymbaline

Crowing
Jan 31, 2012
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I covered mine top to bottom, with an underground apron, out of 1/2" hardware cloth, because predators absolutely can rip through poultry wire (I know you're not using that, but for anyone else who's reading), and because I'd seen stories on here about a raccoon or something reaching through a 1" or so opening and clawing at their ducks...one even said their duck's neck was snapped. :(
However... I don't lock my ducks up at night - they are free to roam their pen 24/7, which I feel good about. So if this is just a day pen you may be fine with what you're planning, I dunno...hopefully others will a similar setup will chime in. But I've had zero issues with predators with my pen for over 2.5 years now, which I think means I made pretty good design decisions. :)
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
11 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Just want to emphasize that the hardware cloth cymbaline uses is metal.

Years ago I discovered that some plastic poultry fence is labeled "hardware cloth." That caused the death of some ducks - not mine, but someone who had read that hardware cloth was a good fence for ducks.
 

BigWeenMachine

Chirping
May 6, 2015
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Put railroad ties around the inside of your pen, right next to the fence. Helps to keep digging predators out cos they have to dig farther to get in. I also put awnings around the top of the pen. I bolted cut up pieces of t-posts to each fence post in my pen at a 45 degree angle pointing outwards from the fence. Then I ran about a 2 foot wide string of chicken wire around those t posts. It looks almost like a prison except its keeping things out instead of in. Never had anything get in, even the fence climbing tom cat that eats everything in sight....
 

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