Hi everyone! This week I hatched 6 ducklings that came from the eggs of my beloved babies that got taken too soon by predators. I am determined to build them the most safe pen / hutch imaginable for when the time comes for them to move outside. I was thinking of even buying a small sized shed to use as their hutch (since there's 6 of them) so they'll have more room to move about. My current plan is to also buy fencing with a roof (not sure what that's called but I've seen some listed as dog runs?) and I want to enclose everything- the hutch and an outdoor area for them. Big enough to walk around and have their little kiddie pool in there. I plan on digging around the perimeter and placing the wire into the ground so that predators can't dig into their safe place either but also so they'll still get to walk on grass because they absolutely love the grass! The only time I would let them free roam my yard is when I will be outside with my four doggies (they all love the ducks and are under 20 lbs, would never hurt them). I heard that purchasing one of those fake owl statues might help deter predators, putting CDs on a string and hanging them from the wiring apparently scares away predators and possibly adding a motion censored light to my backyard. I live in the suburbs and my yard isn't huge but we still get typical predators and after what happened to my other babies I will go above and beyond to build anything. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck making a secure area for your ducks that has proven to be predator proof. I wouldn't be able to stand losing more babies to predators. Any and all advice is welcome and so needed. My dad is a carpenter so I have all the tools necessary to build anything that would help to keep them safe. Please please share your tips and tricks! Thank you so much!