Housing advice for a duck newbie

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RMo2, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. RMo2

    RMo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been searching for duck coops and housing options. Aside from constant access to water, and other special considerations compared to a chicken coop?? I live in an area with a lot of predators and would like to lock the ducks in at night like I do with our hens.

    Thank you in advance for any advice!

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  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't NEED water but they are happier with it.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have a watering station so my ducks always have access to water. Technically, they do okay for 8 to 10 hours overnight without, but especially in hot weather . . . .

    Unless they're Muscovies, no perches needed. Mine don't use nest boxes, but they like corners. So I attached some 2'x2' plywood perpendicular to the wall in a couple of places.

    A way to separate out one or two ducks short term in case of brooding, conflict, illness or injury is a great thing.

    Half inch metal hardware cloth over all openings. Allows for ventilation - very important - but keeps predators out.

    Equine electric fence tape is easy to use, and two strands helped us a lot, kept raccoons at more of a distance.
     
  4. RMo2

    RMo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! I appreciate the insight!
     
  5. RacerWife7

    RacerWife7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine were ducklings, we kept them in this:
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    I have 3. And, trust me... it didn't take long before they had outgrown this structure. So, my hubby took apart the back side of the screen and built a much larger pen attached to it. It's large enough to have a small pond inside the enclosure and is covered on the top with screening. They are closed inside the house every night and we have a heat lamp in there for our cold NJ winters. I think it works well for them. And it wasn't 100% built from scratch. It has, sort of, grown with them. ...I have 2 Swedish Blues and 1 Mallard.

    Making the whole structure yourself is probably sturdier. But, I wanted to give you another option. ;)
     
  6. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By this I mean they don't need a pond.
     
  7. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My duck house is set up to have water in it 24/7. Not necessary in the winter, but I'm not comfortable having them closed up without water during the hot summer nights. I just cut an area out of the floor and covered with hardware cloth. It also helps with daily hose out.
     
  8. RMo2

    RMo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the tips! I appreciate it!
     
  9. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my friends bought a dog house that was meant for medium sized dogs and built a pen around it, the ducks loved it!
     
  10. Richb353

    Richb353 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finished this house this past weekend. I have two Cayugas now, but have 20+ more (10 Cayugas, 10 Welsh Harlequin) arriving this week from Metzer Farms. Most of the material I bought from Lowe's; 1 3/8" x 10' fenceposts for the frame, 1/2" in galvanized netting around the sides with 1' poultry netting above in the "triangles". The roof is green Ondura panels 6' x 4', the panels on the corners lift up for access inside. I figure 100 sq. feet divided by two dozen ducks gives them about 4' per duck. They have a larger pasture to wander during the day, but it's not too small to leave them in for a day of two if I'm out of town. Total it ran me about $600.

    Here in Florida I was more concerned about the sun than the cold, so I needed shade and breeze more than anything else. There are a few trees planted nearby, but it will be a few years before they give any significant shade.
     

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