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need help planning duck house & enclosure for bantam and bantam cross ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hfchristy, May 26, 2012.

  1. hfchristy

    hfchristy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2012
    I have three ducklings who will need a bigger home before long. The were expected to be Australian Spotteds, but only one has the "mallard" look that this breed typically has, so it looks like the old Cayuga/Swede played a part in one or both of the others. These two are also noticeably larger, but not as big as the Welsh Harlequins I hatched at the same time for a friend, so I'm hoping that they will stay on the small side.

    What do I need to consider in a duck house? How big? If I don't clip their wings, should they have an enclosure that they can fly in? And if so, do they need spots to fly to? platforms or something?

    I'm anticipating making a "chicken tractor" sort of enclosure to move around the yard, but I see a lot of duck houses with no doors, and wonder whether it would make sense to make a duck house with a small attached yard, so they can go in and out at will.

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Look at this and maybe get some ideas, yours wouldn't have to be this big although if it was you could always add more, but I really like this setup. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/669560/keeping-ducks-in-a-pen-only/10#post_9042724
  3. hfchristy

    hfchristy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2012
    Are there any particular things to keep in mind when planning housing for bantams?
    I don't feel like I have a good sense yet for just how big a bantam duck is compared to full size, or just how much of an urge they have to fly, or anything like that.
    Does their ability to fly make them want to have places to fly to?

  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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