First night in the new duck house...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JosieR, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. JosieR

    JosieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and I'm not sure I'm ready for it. It's a dog kennel with an attached chainlink run (I took pictures but my husband left the camera in the car and brought it to work with him [​IMG]).

    I put hardware cloth around the bottom of the chain link. The whole thing is about 3 feet off the ground. I put chicken wire around the top of the chainlink. There was about a 3 or 4 inch gap between the top of the fence and the roof. I don't think raccoons could get up there and in but honestly, I don't know enough about them and I didn't want to take a chance. On the kennel part there's a window that I stapled more hardware cloth over since it's just a regular window with a basic house screen.

    Anyway, nice, insulated box with wood shavings and the window. There's a door that has a lip, I guess the dog is supposed to be able to pull it open with it's paw and it slams after they go in. I propped it open with a rock so they could go in and out all night. And they won't go in the darn thing! They are out huddled in the run area. I even threw PEAS into the kennel and they ignored them!!

    When we checked on them they were quiet but still outside. I am so stressed, I'm up in the house with the A/C on and I can't hear anything. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. [​IMG] I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something and they are going to be fox/raccoon dinner tonight!
     
  2. L0rraine

    L0rraine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they should be fine, but I understand about the stressing. I'm forever imagining the worse in the middle of the night and sometimes go and check. I have had things go wrong when I haven't checked (like a gate that wasn't latched tight blowing open in the middle of the night and I lost my favorite drake). It's so stressful worrying about these little buggers. [​IMG]

    Looking forward to seeing pics tomorrow.
     

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