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VICTOR and MINGMEI update!!! Lots of pics of their new homes!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nettie, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Sorry i've spent all summer neglected to update everyone on my duckies victor and ming mei... as some of you know, they are two of the most spoiled rotten indoor house pet ducks that have ever existed. When I lived in AL last winter, they had a nicely sized pen in my extra room, took baths in the tub, and ran around inside in diapers....

    Since then I've moved back to my home state IL, and had to move in with my father while searching for a new duck friendly apartment (which is NOT easy!). MY dad, being a very clean picky person, does not allow the ducks inside, so they were banished to the garage for the summer.

    Don't worry, we made the best of it! we spent all summer building new things for them... David and his duckies vinny and ollie got a new bigger pen that collapses small so he can transport it easier... And my ducks got a new outdoor duck hut/run made out of the old recycled pieces of their old pen from back in AL. I used almost every piece from the old pen, not including the bottom (it was cracked and broken).

    I also made them a new en for in the garage. I made it originally thinking if it looked like a bird cage, i'd have an easier time finding a new apartment for us to live in... Hence the bars, instead of poultry netting... it looks less barnyard like this way... I also made it smaller in area, but built them a second story with a ramp to increase their square footage. Like a ducky two flat with a second story....

    Here are pics of the new duck hut/run outside....
    Their part of the backyard... fenced off to keep them from wandering away.
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    Their pool, that took them a whole month to get used to... spoiled things like the tub better-
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    Ming stands on the end of the pool and eats her treats because she doesn't want to get wet... the pool is "soooo beneath her"
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    the new duck hut (created from recycled pieces of their old pen, the hut is the old nestbox to their inside pen from AL)
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    We made it a door and a roof to keep water and critters out of it-
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    sometimes the pool goes in there, sometimes they get a bucket. it's lines with pea gravel so it doesn't get muddy
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    hopping out of the door, to go wander in the yard-
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    Digging in the rocks, their favorite game-
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    If you have a pet duck, you're bound to get pooped on every now and then-
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    The new pen fits under an old loft bed i had from college... I use the top as storage...
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    The top doors, gives me access to their food and water center, and also to them... they like me to pick them up from the second floor... The white bucktets under the doors are placed under a metal mesh, to allow excess food and water to spill into the buckets for easier cleaning...
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    The first floor under the food center, the nest box... It's dark and they like to lay their eggs down there. I made doors for this part too, easy access to collect their eggs.
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    the upstairs food center from the inside, you can see the metal mesh better here.
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    Eating dinner.
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    The ramp and steps to the second floor... They surprisingly got used to them and learned how to use them qucikly... they love the upstairs!
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    Victor on the step...
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    Ming Mei on the second floor...
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    Victor using the ramp t go up for treats...
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    Ming mei coming out of the nestbox, the door is under the ramp....
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    Duckies getting treats from one of my friends through the upstairs door...
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    Their toys hang from various spots throughout the pen. I try to change them every week so they don't get bored.

    I clean the pen by using a powerful hand spray bottle every day. I just spray away the poop stuck to things onto the bedding. The bedding between the food and water gets changed weekly, with new pellets or shavings going on top every other day... The bottom first floor gets shoveled out monthly. The nest box gets cleaned out every 6-8 weeks since they don't poop by where they lay their eggs.

    Over all, they have 28 square feet of area, with 8 of that being a coop.


    The saddest part of this whole pen adventure is, they won't be using the new ducky two flat in our new home. We're renting a condo owned by a friend of mine, and it's downtown. It's a small studio condo, with one big room, a bathroom, kitchen, and a couple of closets. The ducks will be living in the huge walk in closet that is being fitted with a new duck pen to take up as much space as possible (And acoustic tiles to muffle their quacks). They will have approx. 25 sq ft in their new pen, including a second floor, and a whole condo to run around in diapers. not to mention a bath tub again. lol. I haven't decided whether or not to try to reuse parts of this new pen, sell the pen, or maybe just keep it for when we move out of the condo...
     
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    That was a totally awesome read! I love your pen and it looks like the two of them do also.

    I would save it for another place, if you can, and build a new one.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Thanks for the update nettie. [​IMG]

    If I didn't need the materials, I would just build a new pen.

    P.S. The girls look great...and spoiled [​IMG]
     
  4. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    Too cute!!
     
  5. catiecutie 123

    catiecutie 123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Did you name Victor that before you found out she was a girl? You should call her Victoria now! [​IMG] Wow, that looks really big from the pics you took, but I bet when you see it for real its really small. Lucky ducks! They look like they're at home there! [​IMG]
     
  6. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    AWWW! Nettie its so good to get an update! Your duckies look so happy! I am so jealous of that setup, but they sure do lay some GORGEOUS eggs! If you dont use them all you coulend some m way [​IMG] My grandma does crafts with them - makes them into christmas ornaments
     
  7. aleciasayshii

    aleciasayshii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so jealous, I wish I could spoil my two that way, but they're stuck to an entire backyard a kiddie pool and their run, for when its storming. (like right now)
     
  8. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    darn that is a great set up! I wish I had those carpentry skills!
     
  9. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Great pen!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need to write a children's book about these darling ducks!! You wrote it so well and the pictures are great!!! I love those ducks, and the eggs are beautiful!!! I don't know if its lucky YOU or lucky THEM. Probably both!
     

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