Finished my duck run yesterday!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jwoo, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. jwoo

    jwoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Finished my duck run yesterday and my ducks spent the whole day in it yesterday and there first night out!

    They are in duck heaven. I had been locking them up at night in the little hutch and letting them run out for an hour or two supervised once or twice a day. Now they can free range in the run and either go in the house or spend time out at night if they want. The run is predator proof. It's roughly 22'x14'. I have the chicken wire going down six inches under the ground all around. We used bird netting on top to enclose it so that no birds of prey can get through. We don't see many has I live in suburbia but I will see some red tail hawks every now and then. Right now we are just using an old sand box my daughter had for the pond. I plan on putting an actually pond in with a drain built in later on in the year. This project ended up being WAY bigger then I thought it would and well I'm spent! So for now they can enjoy the make shift pond.

    So pictures!

    I used a back corner that was bare with just a tree. The fencing on the corner helped make this easier. The fence on the property line is double layered as well to keep dogs out!

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    This picture shows the bird netting on top of the run. You can also see the little house we have. I got it for free off the local classifieds. Worked super well to lock them in when they were younger.

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    The make shift little pond:

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    And up close with the ducklings! They are six weeks old as of this picture. WOW they grow big fast! Anyone have an ID on the silver/grey one in front? I have no idea what type of duck it is!

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  2. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's really nice!

    By the way, how do they like the turtle pool? Can they get in and out easily. I was thinking of picking one up as the kiddie pool is getting near impossible to dump.
     
  3. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, the silver duckling is adorable. They all are!
     
  4. jwoo

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    Quote:Thanks for the compliment!

    They love the pool! Of course I think they'd love even a five gallon bucket full of water. I put some rocks in front of it originally, I think you can see them in one picture, to help them step up into it. They never used the rocks. They just jumped right in, it took them a few tries the first few times to get into it but they learned that a running jump will get them in every time. Getting out has been no problem at all either. When they are full grown then should be able to just step in and out with no effort. It is super easy to change the water in. I just lift up one side and dump it, fill it back up. Takes three minutes in the morning when I go to feed them.
     
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice, I am sure they are loving it.
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks good! LOL we to were using the bottom of our turtle sandbox but ours have outgrown it now at 9+wks so off to the 40in kiddie pool. [​IMG]
     
  7. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cute ducks...nice run [​IMG]
     
  8. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    The black one is a cayuga but me does not know what the silver one is sorry
     
  9. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your run looks great! I love the colour [​IMG]
     
  10. jwoo

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    70%cocoa :

    Your run looks great! I love the colour [​IMG]

    Thanks! We bought the cheapest stain at home depot and it turned out to look very nice!​
     

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