Runners comming this week! housing question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Neverenuff, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Neverenuff

    Neverenuff In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Harrodsburg, Kentucky
    I am going to be a new duck mom!!! I am getting runners this week to use for herding, since my yard is not big enough for sheep [​IMG]. I have been working on our outside duck yard for when they are old enough to go out. my question is I have in addition to the fenced in yard I am going to make them a more secure place to stay of a night I have a 6ft x 6ft dog run that I am going to use for the night and for shelter I was needing ideas how to use that to enclose them. Any ideas what I can use for a top and for solid sides, I was going to put hardware wire over the chain link, and I am putting it over pavers wit lots of straw inside and I am going to ancor it down so it can not be scooted by preditors to get under. I am also thinking something that would keep them warm in the winter also so I can do this once. I am on a budget this so some thrifty ideas would be nice. I have alot of time before they will even be ready to go out at night but I like to be prepaired.

    Jamie in Kentucky
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    That sounds good! Ducks are MESSY so I think about water run-off after you clean out old straw, hose out the inside, and replace new straw. Alternatively, make your shelter mobile.
    Depending on where you live, you probably only have 3-4 weeks before you will want them out of the brooder! Mine were fine at 50 degree lows at 5-6 weeks old.
    I have a 3-sided shelter in my night enclosure, they usually don't even sleep in that.

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