have some questions on duck coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by showjumper_girl2002, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. showjumper_girl2002

    showjumper_girl2002 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm new to ducks and have two 2 month old scovy's that i've had since they've hatched. right now they're in a temporary set up. i want to build something permanent soon and i was wondering what is a good flooring for a duck coop in order for easy cleaning to help keep flies down and make it nice for my little duckies? i was thinking a wire (with small holes) floor lifted off the ground but what to put under to make it easy to clean? so any and all info on both flooring and even coop designs would be greatly appreciated! i've never built one before and want to do it right and make it nice for my little duckies. [​IMG]
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Muscovies are heavy ducks, so wire is a no-go for them. I lived in NE Ohio when i owned some mine lived in a covered are outside on dirtfloor covered with a heavy layer of straw. A larger dog house would do too. As soon as it got warmer they stopped sleeping in the shelter and slept in the yard. THe one momma actually made a nest under the back steps and the other follwed two weeks later.
     
  3. Hunter0704

    Hunter0704 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a coop and run for my chicks and ducklings. On the floor of the coop I have tried sand...no way! It stays too wet. Straw/hay also gets wet and is a real mess plus it smells. Am using Equine Pellets and think they are great! No smell, it absorbs water so the coop stays dry, I use a large holed kitchen strainer to remove poop...it dries quickly since the pellets absorbs all the moisture. It also absorbs all the water mess the ducks make. It keeps the coop clean for all my babies. This spring when they are large enough to leave the raised coop and head down into the run, the ground is covered with pea gravel that's easy to hose down and remove poop. Also, going to give the ducks something to swim in inside the run...again, water will be no problem as it will run off. Pea gravel is always dry on top. Hope this gives you some ideas!
     
  4. Hunter0704

    Hunter0704 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to tell you the floor of the coop is covered in linoleum flooring so the wood underneath won't get wet. The pellets are on top of the flooring.
     
  5. tdgill

    tdgill Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like these secure duck houses. I will make sure to find a shady spot for summertime, because I don't think I want any windows, just vents up high. I think my ducks were getting scared by predators sniffing at the wire windows in my old duck house.

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