Look what I made. I call it "The Duckermaid"

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dianaross77, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I kicked my 8 week old ducklings out of the basement. They needed somewhere safe to sleep so I quickly modified a tote that our rabbit used to sleep in when in his tractor. After 2 nights the boys started putting themselves to bed. I realized quickly that the bin was too small to hold both of them and a little food and water should I not get out early to let them out in the morning. So I went to Home Depot and bought the following things:

    1 54 gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck tote $21.00
    1 snap in soffit vent $2.00
    1 8 ft firring strip $2.00
    2 2" hinges $3.00
    2 6 packs of washers $2.00
    2 locks $5.00

    Other things I used that I already had: 1" wood screws, small plastic zip ties, an old drafting table top for door
    Tools used: drill, jig saw, chop saw, sharp shears, drywall screen
    When you see the pictures it's pretty self explanatory but here is what I did just in case anyone wants to know.

    Started with this
    I used a pencil to mark where I wanted the hole on the backside to go for the soffit vent. I used a drill with a large bit and drilled holes in each inside corner of the mark so I could fit my jigsaw in. Then I used the jigsaw to cut the hole. (I feel jigsaws make better cuts and are safer than a utility knife but you could use one for this job). Then I used a small drill bit to drill evenly spaced holes in the top edge of the bin and lined up the soffit vent and drilled matching holes in it. I threaded small zip ties into the holes and closed them. I drilled more holes around the perimeter of the vent and used zip ties to secure it to the tote.
    I decided where I wanted my door, making sure to leave enough of a lip at the bottom to keep bedding from falling out. Marked it and cut it using the method above. Then I cut lengths of firring strip to create a 3 sided door frame. The tote isn't flat so the frame helps straighten it out to minimize gaps and gives something to screw the hardware into.I predrilled holes through the inside of the tote into the firring strips and screwed in wood screws with washers from the inside. It's important to predrill or the firring strips crack. The washers are important to keep the screws from going all the way through the plastic.
    Since the frame wasn't square I held the wood for the door up to the hole and used a pencil to draw the outline from inside the tote and then used the jigsaw to cut out the door. Then I installed the hinges and locks.
    I used the jigsaw to notch out the lid over the door since it was catching a little. Here are pics of the finished product. Hope you like it!


    Just a side note, my 2 adult pekin drakes used to comfortably fit in a tote this size to sleep. Too bad I cut that one up to make a big brooder!
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  2. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    What a great idea!! Nice work [​IMG]
  3. Annie75

    Annie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    Wow. That's great! And you should be able to hose it out too.
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    70%cocoa :

    What a great idea!! Nice work [​IMG]

    Thanks. I've made 2 brooders and the rabbit house out of totes but this is my masterpiece. And I did it all by myself!​
  5. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Quote:Exactly! I am toying with the idea of getting indoor outdoor carpet for the bottom and just hosing it off everyday instead of the pine pellets. Don't know yet.
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    I've been seeing several rubbermade sheds, the smaller ones, for like $100 on CL.... The possibilities of a big tote!
  7. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    Very nice, indeed. I could use a couple of those!
  8. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

  9. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    So creative!
  10. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    Great job, very clever!

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