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Show me your wood duck pens/coops

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by poultrykeeper08, May 29, 2008.

  1. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    Does any one have any pics of there wood duck/mandarin coops/pens ? I am getting some mandarin eggs and at least one pair of wood ducks and need some ideas on how to make it . They willl also have a 10x20 barn/shed to be in as well if they dont want to be in the coop .
    i have a few kiddie pools and plastic ponds that could be used in it as well .

    Is there any certain plants,tres or bushes i should use in it ??
    Any help would be great
  2. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:Doubtful they use the barn much, they prefer to be outside. The bigger the aviary, the better. I like my ducks to be full winged (although I have pinioned birds) and my aviary for ducks is 12' high, allows them lots of room to fly around. I used a stong pond liner purchased on eBay for my pond. Had to be replaced once after 3 years of use (replacement below) due to sun damage and poor planning (rocks in the water hold debris from being pumped out).




    I planted Aussie Willows inside and need trimmed quite often, but tough and grow well. The Mandarins, Whistling-Ducks & Pheasants in the aviary use the branches for perching. Front left corner below -


    I was able to get a hold of several varieties of native grass plugs from a friend who works with the MDC. I'm not sure of their ID, but they generally grow in clumps (not unlike Pampas, which I tried and it died) and provides great nesting cover.


    Allow the aviary to your canvas and you the painter, the plants/ponds your paint. Experiment with a variety of plants till you find one that works well for you.

  3. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    do you use a pump for your pond ?
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  4. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    Dan, your aviary is wonderful! I would love to build one like that someday! And your little boy is so precious:)

    My pen is not very glamorous, but the ducks seem to like it. I was not planning to breed my wood ducks, but my female had differet plans. She made a nest in the call duck house, and there she is with her husband, happy as can be!

    My duck pool is just a kiddie pool with a plug at the bottom. I wrote alot about it on another topic of the forum. But here's a pic anyway!


  5. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Dan your aviary is very nice - I don't have any of my wild ducks yet but i have been wondering what to do about the aviary as well. It seems every tree I've planted in there hasn't done well - and there are no ducks or geese even using that pen right now. I dunno - will have to go to home depot and buy some more - at least they have that one year guarantee. I have noticed that many people use evergreens in their aviaries - since I live in high elevation maybe I should concentrate on those.

    Great ideas from you guys. [​IMG]
  6. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    becky bird i really like you coop ! im gunna combine both your i deas to make my coop !
    i get my mandarin eggs sunday and my wood ducks next sunday
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I thought you were having to sell all your chickens because it was against the ordinances where you live? Are they going to let you keep waterfowl, but no chickens?
  8. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    I have Black East Indies.

    I have never lost one. They fly around the house and everything.
    They do have an inclosure for winter, when we are not home and I lock them up at night.

    Its not fancy but it works well its 6 feet high and 10 feet long X8 feet wide.

    I made it out of 2X3's because they were easyer to handle while building it.
    I did use treated 2X4's for the base.
    IF THEY WERE GOING TO BE IN IT 100% of the time I would have made it 8 feet tall and twice as big.

    It has a 35 gallon pond with a plug I pull to drain it.
    I added a Red Dog House for the winter. I put a tarp on top and added Clear plastic to 2 sides for a wind break.


    THEY ALSO Have a 100 gallon pond out front.
    Last edited: May 30, 2008
  9. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    if they werenst so loud i would of liked to get some !

    Since we know the guy who inspecs your house to make sure all birds are gone he said i can keep birds that look wild .So we are keeping my geese ,muscoveys,pheasants and i am getting wood ducks . Even though most of my geese are white we wont get rid of them . We dont care thy are staying . Just becasue 2 nieghbors think they run the street and are retired and have nothing better to do than complain doesnt mean are family members are going to be re-homed . If anybody is going to be re-homed it should be the cranky nieghbors with no lives ! sorry i had to vent a bit . lol
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  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    That's weird you have to get rid of just your chickens... The funny rules we live by. LOL


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