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Making a duck coop

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LauraSBale, May 5, 2009.

  1. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    is there a difference when making a duck coop to a chicken coop

    I have made 2 chicken coops

    and I'm going to be making a duck coop.

    and any suggestion?

  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    There's no difference, except a duck coop doesn't need roosts and nesting boxes are optional.
  3. headred

    headred Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Duck coop doesn't need anything fancy, just shelter (that they hardly use!) I put food in my duck house just so they will know to go in there if they need to. They are out in the rain, out in storms, out in the cold....they like to be OUT! Plenty of duck coop pics on this site. My duck house is on my website if you wanna take a look.....

    http://www.whatupduck.com/building-duck-house-backyard/ Good luck!
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2010
  4. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    Here is a pic I posted recently of a small Duck House I made from an old shipping crate. Hope it helps a little. Nothing fancy.

  5. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Songster

    I agree with ChickenToes that there is little difference between duck and chicken coops. I made my duck coop shorter only because there was no need for the roosts. Here are a couple of pictures. I still need to put shingles on the roof but other than that it is done.


    Both doors lead into an open area, about 4x8 with a nest box that is about 2'x6' and about 6 inches high. There is a door on the back of the coop that swings up to allow me access to the inside for egg collection and cleaning.
  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    my ducksmade their own coop. One moved her nest under the frnt steps and the other one kicked the dog out of the doghouse and uses it as a nesting area.
  7. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    thanks everyone
    jrleader99 Looks Great, the cover is that bird netting, the plastic type?

    RHewitt, you did a great job made out of crates.

    I been looking on here, I did a search but only came up with few threads

    headred, thanks i will take a peek at your website

  8. headred

    headred Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Those all look great! jrleader99.....that netting cover is pretty fancy. Nice place for your ducks!
  9. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Songster

    Yes that is bird netting. I thought with the red tailed hawks that swoop through my yard at the wildbird feeders, I had better protect the duckies too.

    Actually shortly after I put the netting on, my wife saw a hawk sitting on the ground next to the door, jumping up trying to figure out how to get in. I guess I got it on just in time.
  10. gwennym

    gwennym Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    Edwardsville, IL
    jrleader99 --

    How did you rig up the bird netting? Is that a pre-fab skeleton, or did you just free-form it? I really like how it's high enough so a person doesn't bonk their head.

    Great job, everyone, on your cool duck havens.

    I built a "Poultry Palace" inside my barn for my 2 ducks and 2 geese (all 4 are just getting feathers), similar to what many people build for their chickens. I have a light in there for them, straw, a waterer and a dish for food and, until I make a cool outside run, I bring in greens for them twice a day.


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