Questions About Duck Houses

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by llombardo, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

    Mar 11, 2018
    I've decided to just make one.

    -making a platform that will be about 4 inches off ground, but no way to get under. Will a ramp be required of should they be able to do 4 inches?

    -the floor will be wood. Should I paint that? Should I get some kind of rubber mats/even yoga mats for easier cleaning or will they try to eat that? Should the inside walls be painted or left alone?

    -what is better--sloped or slanted roof? Which way would be easier for an access door? Should there be a slight over lap for roof or is that not necessary? I thought about a slanted hinge roof but that would be pointless because of the height and cleaning.

    -should access door be on one of the sides for clean up?

    I'm thinking 4ft by 4 ft for three ducks. Is that roomy enough?

    Thanks for any info.
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  2. blayt90

    blayt90 Crowing

    Jan 11, 2018
    Magee, Mississippi
    My Coop
    I used a old dog house that I built for my ducks house. It is all wood only painted outside with a pitched roof. The door for them to use is a 3' wide door that makes clean up easy and egg gathering easy as well. It has a unpainted wood floor that i cover with pine shavings. This is the one I built and the wood panel to the side is the door I latch in place at night. 41D92101-A2FE-465A-99FA-1A6381087891.jpeg
  3. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

    Mar 11, 2018
    Never thought about making the door for dual purpose--duh

    That might even make it easier.
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    They can do a four inch step. I haven't posted my duck house build yet, but it is for 4 ducks, about a four foot square with a pallet as the base/floor. It is adequate size. They go in and out on their own. Let me see if I have a pic... IMG_6192.JPG

    One of the roof panels hinges open as well so I can reach in from the top from outside the run to collect eggs instead of crawling in through the run.
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  5. PeggiB

    PeggiB Songster

    Jun 27, 2014
    This is our house. Both doors open for easy cleaning. There are 2 windows that can close. We added a leanto to put their food and water under. The roof has a slight pitch to it. Right above the blue trim, we installed a gutter guard so they have ventilation at all times. duck house.jpg
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