Hoop Shelters for my Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gofasterstripe, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    This past week we had a few days of rain and wind so I went and bought 2 pieces of this plastic stuff from Lowes and made a few hoop shelters for them to go under out of the rain and wind if they want to and also to put their food in to keep it dry. The old house in the back ground has 4 rooms and an old bathroom and a hall way. We keep our Junk in there, 2 hay rooms for when we buy square bales and the back room is the duck house. We could take the plywood off the doorway on the inside of the duck room and block it off up the hallway and use the hallway and the bathroom. We might do that this Spring then I can keep ducklings in the bathroom instead of in our house and keep the duck stink to the duck house. [​IMG]

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    Also some photos I took today while its nice out

    All the big ducks were sleeping
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    Sly & Bam Bam with JoJo the mini

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    Sipi, Truffy, Finn the drake and Nene, who was strutting her stuff giving the boy what for

    Benjamin stopped by for a drink [​IMG]

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  2. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    Interesting.....what is that plastic stuff?
     
  3. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Erm, the only way to describe it is...its like stuff you would use to put round your shower. [​IMG]
     
  4. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful ducks and property!!
    Those lil ducky houses are a really good idea! But does the plastic cover make much noise when its windy?
     
  5. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    Is that where you got it? The same section as the shower stuff? I think I may have seen something similar in Home Depot. How much did it cost and how big is it?

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    That's a very good idea. I have lots of hawk attacks, and these may make really nice "bomb shelters" for the chickens to dive under when the hawks divebomb them......
     
  6. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used this to put down in my chicken coop floor, I found a sheet in the top of our garage, so just had to buy one more sheet. It was about $12.00 at Lowes if I remember correctly. Works great, just nailed it down with some short big headed nails (roofing nails?).
     
  7. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:No it doesnt make any noise, its quite sturdy stuff its about 1/4 inch thick so its not going to flap in the wind.
     
  8. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I got it in the section that had like cork board, wall panels and stuff.
     
  9. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It cost me $33.49 a sheet. I already had the posts and zip ties. To be honest I dont know the size. I cut it down to 5 foot to make the Hoop then I had a bit left over, thats the bit you see that doesnt go all the way to the ground...Id make a guess at 3ft x 6ft..ish!!
     
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  10. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I like the idea that the water just runs off. I'm concerned about UV rays making it brittle and have it crack after a year. It's under tension after all. I would love to year back in a year to see how it is holding up. I did build some plywood A-frames for our ducks for the same purpose. We get a lot of snow up here in the mountains and the shelters can handle it.

    Our UV levels are very high up here. People have problems with their paint keeping the color and chipping off. All due to the high UV. Just had my house painted and the painter told me that the 25 year paint will only last 20 years due to the climate we are in. We can't even have plastic furniture. It will crack after a year. You can also get sun burned within 30 minutes in winter! Wild climate up here.
     

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