Thinking about making a couple duck tractors

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aineheartsyou, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

    830
    2
    141
    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    I have been thinking about what I want to do when all of my ducklings are grown. I think I want to do a duck tractor similar to the garden ark http://www.thegardencoop.com/ but make the foot print 4x8 and make the nesting area the full 4x8 with a ramp to get up in it. will this fit 15 ducks? what are your thoughts?
     
  2. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Chillin' With My Peeps

    516
    13
    121
    Feb 5, 2011
    Way to small. A tractor is good for when you want ducklings to be outside and be protected, but it is to small for full grown ducks. I put 10 ducks into a 10x10 foot space at night. In the day they get way more. I do have a small outdoor pen area that is 10x20 and that is to small for them. Its ok for temporary lockup, but not to live in.
     
  3. IRL

    IRL Chillin' With My Peeps

    111
    0
    109
    Apr 12, 2010
    4x8 for 15 birds? Much too small. Each duck should have 4 sq feet in the coop, and around 10 sq feet in the run. A 12x12 run (something with around 150 sq feet) and a coop with 60 square ft would be the right size. It would be hard to make a tractor that big.
     
  4. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

    830
    2
    141
    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    this is just for night time or when i am not home. they will be free ranging the rest of the time so its actually 4x8 on top of 4x8
     
  5. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

    830
    2
    141
    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    Storey's guide to raising ducks suggests 2-6sqft per bird for the sleeping quarters. 4x8 will give 10 birds 3sqft, if you double that, then its enough for 20 birds. it would give 15 birds a tiny bit more than 4sqft per bird
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by