My Duck Plan

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by doubleatraining, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Duck Plan:
    A wonderful friend is rennovating their house and has a MASSIVE wood pile outside. I've been invited to get whatever I want. WOOO HOOO

    So I plan on building a small duck shelter with the excess wood and some extra wire at the house. I want to build them essentially an "overnight" shelter to lock them in away from the night time predators. For the day time I'm going to put up a fence in the woods that will have a pool for them and plenty of area to be ducks. LOL

    The plan right now is to start with 3 of my friend's 300 ducks.

    How big does the coop need to be for 3-5 ducks? Does the plan sound reasonable?
     
  2. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucky you! That's wonderful. I'd say for an overnight shelter for up to 5 ducks you should be aiming for about 25 sq feet, or 5 sq feet per duck. Make sure they have good ventilation too.

    Can't wait to see pics! I'm sure you'll love having the ducks.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    BHep has 300 ducks? [​IMG] Sounds like a great plan dt, like cocoa says be sure to post pics when you get your coop done and also when you get your ducks..
     
  4. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Miss Lydia, yep they are coming from Bhep.
     
  5. AAJ

    AAJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds outstanding. Make the house about the right size for about 20 ducks. They will reproduce quick.
     
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Agreed on making a larger house than you need. They do reproduce quickly, mostly by people getting more [​IMG]
     
  7. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I'm not going to have 20 ducks....no boys are welcome here. I just want eggs.
     
  8. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    You say that now... Seriously, once people have a couple, it seems to take extreme will not to acquire more.
     
  9. poultrypalacewhidbey

    poultrypalacewhidbey Out Of The Brooder

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    Its best to make duck housing a little on the large side anyway as they are experts at making a mess of things. If they will be getting out every day I would feed them outside the house and give them most of their water in the daytime pen and only give them access to a small amount of water at night. The less water in the house the cleaner the duck house in my experience.
    Good luck.
     
  10. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poultrypalacewhidbey, I like ducks but they aren't my focus. I'll have to see what kind of boards I get to see how big I can go. I was planning on putting their tub outside in the run and just a little bit of drinking water inside the coop so they can't get but so messy. I'll bed it with straw. I plan on making a 3 sided structure with a roof for their coop.


    Do they need nesting boxes?
     

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