The (Duck) House that BYC built! Thanks everyone!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by galgo98, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Lebanon, Pennsylvania
    I want to thank everybody on this forum for their input. After hovering around on this site since Jan, we almost have the duck house finished, and I LOVE IT!!!! Unfortunately, I never wrote down any names to thank.... So, if you see something in the pictures that I "stole" from you, THANK YOU!!!! [​IMG]

    Before pic: Rotting from the ground up... tear it down?? buy new (too expensive!)?? Instead, fix it up a bit and get some ducks (not expensive at all...[​IMG])!!!!!

    After: DH replaced all rotted boards (inside was a mess!), painted, replaced doors, added ventilation, reinforced roof (green roof to be installed soon?), added chain link kennel that was reinforced with hardware cloth. Unfortunately, it's still a little crooked! [​IMG]

    The homeowners: (from left to right) Greg Louganis, Long Tall Sally, Dr. Drake Ramore, Sacagawea, Ben Aflac, and Daisy Duke

    After: The trays on top of the kennel are my "trial" trays for the green roof on the shed. Trying to decide which sedum looks/grows best in this area.

    After: The little giant waterer is working Great! Although, I might get the larger replacement bowl. I also love the pea gravel... VERY easy to clean, just hose it 2x's/week. The ducks free range during the day, so they do get a chance to forage in real dirt!

    After: The water tower. This keeps me from lugging water down to the shed everyday. Would like to hook this up to the roof once we tackle that project to collect rainwater. Not sure about water in winter (in PA)... I am going to have to disconnect this setup. But, working great for now!!

    After: Inside. They only get about 1/3 of the shed.. needed the rest for storage. The dog house came "free" with the chain link kennel that we got from craigslist.

    After: Inside. I lined the floor and up the side a little with linoleum (from ollie's bargain outlet) and added equine pine pellets. I really like the equine pine. I rake it once a day and it keeps the odor down. I used 4 bags to cover the floor and haven't changed it yet and it's been about 3 weeks. I used this in their brooder in the living room, lasted a lot longer than the pine shavings and didn't make as much of a mess. (it's easier to vacuum dust than the darn pine chips!)

    After: Inside. DH added a door in case we need to close them in, or it gets too cold. So far the dog kennel is predator proof. [​IMG] He buried 3 feet of doubled chicken wire around the bottom and nailed the kennel to the shed around the doorway.

    After: The homeowners keeping an eye on their maid, it's hard to get good help nowadays!!!

    After: The homeowners "fixing" their bedding after the maid raked it. [​IMG]

    After: Dog house with lid open. I currently have straw in their dog house on top of the pine pellets to make it softer for them to lay on. Not sure it that is going to stay, I have to replace it almost daily because of the smell. They do like to drag it all over their house though..

    The next project... after the roof on shed and landscaping around the shed and the new sewer system and..... [​IMG]

    THANKS AGAIN EVERYBODY and to my DH who went along with my project!!!! [​IMG] I love this forum!!!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2011
    Very Nice! Crooked adds character!
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I love it and the occupants are adorable!
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Great job. Very nice looking, I also put the pea gravel in my ducks pen. [​IMG]
  5. littlenell1

    littlenell1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2011
    Fab house, and some ideas for me to pinch as well! We have the guttering on the duck house, just not worked out how to do the water dispenser.
  6. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    Very nice. Good use of the space!!!! The outside of the shed looks LOVELY!!!
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
  8. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    Looks fantastic!!! The homeowners look like they thoroughly approve [​IMG] And so they should - you've done a great job!
  9. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    Huntsville, AL
    That is beyond awesome!!!!
  10. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas
    VERY cool!

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