Q-Calling on all of you creative duck owners!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by veronicasmom, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Songster

    Aug 31, 2009

    Can anyone give me a good way to use this to cover a small duck pen that is made out of kennel panels? The difficult part is that the panels are set on ground that makes the top slightly uneven. Just by a tiny bit though.
    I wanted to figure out a way to use it part way up the sides and then to cover the top. I am figuring that predators would not be getting in if we do that. But I am also wondering what will happen if the duck stick their heads through and get zapped. I don't have ducklings, so that is not an issue, but I don't want any of my ducks harmed by the shock and or scared of the pen.
    And I have the added problem of the panel that has the door in it. How do I deal with that.
    If anyone has any suggestions, it would be really appreciated by me and my husband (who has to do all the work and is getting frustrated by my daily ideas!!! [​IMG]

  2. BallardDuck

    BallardDuck Chirping

    Jun 18, 2011
    Ballard in Seattle
    Why wouldn't you just put it around the pen, like it's designed?
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    In order to cover the run, you will have to insulate it from the kennel panels. I would probably bolt some 2x4's up there and stretch the netting tight enough so it won't sag and touch the panels.

    For the ground, I'd get step-in plastic electric fence posts and set the net out just a bit from the kennel panels. Just far enough so the ducks can't reach it. (a fence around your coop)

    I've got kennel panels for my runs and I've topped them with horse (livestock) panels. Unless you've got small climbing predators, like weasels, that will keep everybody out of the run and be easier than using electric fencing on top. The horse panels are 5 ft tall, so my runs are 5 feet wide and the panels are just fastened on with bailing wire. Horse panels have a 2X4 square.
  4. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    Minks are the reason we have to do this. That is why I can't use another kennel panel for the top, the holes are too large in those too. As far as just surrounding the pen, that won't work because of the gate. And because the pen sits inside the area where my goats are kept.
    Thanks though. I appreciate the input.

  5. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    Upstate NY
    How about hardware cloth? Minks can't get through that (the small 1/4" square stuff)

    I had a mink take out my entire flock a couple years ago, even though they were indoors in dog pens. The mink still got them. Now I use a dog flight kennel and put them inside it at night (also indoors).

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