How big should I make my duck house/run?


In the Brooder
May 8, 2017
Seattle, WA
Hello! I am due to receive my very first batch of ducklings (5) in just over a week. I am hoping that with time, I can convince my hubby to let me increase the size of my flock to around 15-25 or so, depending on the amount of space I'm able to build on. I am also hoping to add a couple of geese at some point, and I'm wondering how large of an enclosure I should make with these in mind. We live on about 1.5 acres, unfenced and just north of Seattle, WA. So they would likely be in there for the majority of their time. I'd love to see photos of your quack houses too! Any advice is appreciated!
am pretty new to raising ducks myself (have had them for about 7 or 8 weeks now) and getting geese this fall (two of them), these are our dimensions for our coop and space we give our birds.

the coop is 45 sq ft (maybe 46 or 47 sq ft but for math we just say 45) and its going to be housing 5 birds (3 ducks, two are Swedish and the other is going to be a runner and two geese, one is a Toulouse and the other is an African) meaning we have 9 sq feet a bird. my book recommends 5 for ducks and 10 for geese. so am happy with the space we have for inside,

outside is a bit different, i have talked to the breeder am getting my birds from and have read many books on the subject of waterfowl. the breeder am getting my birds from recommend's 100 sq feet (or 10 by 10) for each goose/duck and told me any less and your not going to have any grass growing. my books tell me 10 sq ft per duck and 20 sq ft per goose out side.

outside for me, am using 28 sq ft per duck/goose its just the number the run made out per bird. all i know is they need a lot of space for geese. to forage there food. (also to note we fenced the roof as well with hardware cloth, hoping for nothing to get in, so many coons we have)

our whole chicken raising experience has always been too many for the space we have (were on 10 acres, but its infested with coons and coyotes so no free ranging for me) so we went for as much space as we could give.
I have a roughly built 4 x 8 duck hut that has the front open is off the ground and it is attached to a pen made of 10 x 6 dog kennel panels. it is 20 ft x 10ft. I have chicken wire up the sides. We then had to reinforce after predators injured some ducks so we added hardware cloth to the sides 4 ft up. We then added hardware cloth to the bottom as well after something went under the pen)
we have not had anything get in for over a year now.
i am planning on moving the pen next month as I put it down by the pond and it stays very wet when it rains so I am hoping moving it to higher ground will help.
My ducks do free range all day so the pen and hut are only for security at night.
My set up is not pretty but it works I will post a picture later.

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