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What do you wish you'd done differently with your duck housing?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pigcoon, May 28, 2015.

  1. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out thinking the hens and the ducks would live together, then started to think harder about how the hens like things dry and sandy and the ducks like things really wet!! I wonder if my husband thinks I'm just dragging him along. He thought the ducks were a great idea when I said let's just let them share the chicken coop. Now he's out there building my duck dwelling....for my birthday!
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm quite content with our duck house and it has been a few years now.

    We made it from 2x4s and fence boards. The front side of the roof is hinged so both front sides open for easy clean out. The floors are left over trex decking spaced a screw width apart for easy cleaning. I painted the interior walls with exterior paint to protect the wood a bit. Th entire roof is vented at the top and where it meets the walls.
    I have a small section of floor cut out and used hardware cloth and placed a water bin that hangs on a 2x4 there so they can still get water in their hut, but not totally drench the place.
    I use a concrete mixing pan as their nest box and place pine straw in it and that's usually where they lay their eggs. When I open the roof in the morning to clean, I grab the eggs and then hose is out.

    It gets hosed out daily.
    It has held up well.

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  3. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a great looking little duck house! I am intrigued by the trex decking. Is that stuff expensive?

    You're saying you hose it down; it's a composite, right, instead of wood? That's a cool idea.

    Thanks for sharing that!
     
  4. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well they do live together. I dont have much choice because the shed is very secure. Im planning a conversion of an old broken down stall out the back, top for pigeons, bottom for ducks or chooks but that will be awhile. In the meantime the most frustrating thing is the chickens will not perch on my perches....They balance precariously on the edges of my dividers, big wooden boards Ive put in to seperate nesting areas. I worked so hard to fix in big natural perches....They refuse to perch on them!
     
  5. mightymax

    mightymax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @pigcoon ...
    ...The reason you normally put down landscape cloth before you lay down your river rock (or whatever), is so the weeds won't be able to grow up through your rocks. If you get a thick enough brand of cloth it truly acts as an inpentatrable barrier between the earth and what ever substrate it is that you're putting down on top of it. According to one manufacturer it will also keep your rocks from sinking into the ground below should you have a few days of heavy rain. Unfortunately I don't think the cloth manufactures ever expect their product to come in contact with my ducks, or as they're now better know as...tidalwave, tsurnami and hurricane...lol !!! Those ducks got their area so flooded and mucky just by playing in their pool that the first time I went in to clean it, I sunk in about 4 inches of mud and other debris that shall remain nameless (poop). Needless to say, that particular idea for a coop floor had to go, which by now, I knew was going to be a lot easier than shoveling it all around when it first showed up at our house. That's because most of the rocks had already sunk...lol !!! Anyway, I hope that answers your question and everything.


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  6. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THanks Kim--I just saw your post now! (not sure why I didn't get a notification).

    Well here is what we did (pics below). I can already see why some members just went to concrete!! So far our run has been working out well and the girls love it!

    I do hose down the painted plywood every morning and then use a squeegie to move the water off it. So far I have been draining and rinsing the big tub once a week and this seems to be keeping things clean enough!

    I really appreciate everyone's guidance.

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  7. Pekin1999

    Pekin1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a jumbo pekin that is ten weeks old. I also have 2 month old Canada geese and they almost seem the same size! Anyway, i don't know if this pekin is male or female I previously had thought male but since a new male Cayuga has been added into the flock this pekin has been getting mated with non stop! This Cayuga does nothing but eat drink sleep and mate. It's endless, it was so aggressive that it drown its last mate. My pekin is getting skinnier and hides a lot now. The pekin is such a beautiful duck and it honestly loves people more than any of my ducks. What do I do? I'm ready to shoot the Cayuga and find out what Cayuga duck tastes like.
     
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  8. Irishsilk

    Irishsilk Out Of The Brooder

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    We have rubber horse mats for the ducks and chickens....and love them.
    They do need straw on them to soak up the splats. We deep litter, which means I don't have to clean out. I just add a little straw regularly on the top.
    I have cleaned out the straw once since November, and with 4 ducks, 5 chickens only took 3 wheelbarrow full. But they do free range during the day. I cleaned out the same way you would a horse....keeping the clean straw but removing the soiled. The chicken poo was all under the roosts, and the ducks poo was all in one area.
    The stable is 12'x12'.
    I don't move the mats, just remove the straw and hose mats in situ...then sweep the water out of the door. Couldn't be easier!

    I removed the mat from under their water containers as it got very wet. Now the water they spill just drains down thru the stones.

    I suppose the mats work same as concrete, but as we already had the mats in the stable, we used them. No regrets :)
     
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    Irishsilk Out Of The Brooder

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    P.S.
    also want to add that there isn't any nasty smell either, by regularly adding clean straw keeps it all smelling fresh.
     
  10. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Irishsilk. It sounds like you have a barn. What I worry about in the winter in New England is that I won't be able to use a hose to keep their pen clean. I hose it down every morning now (just a quick hose down) but it really keeps things manageable. I used hay for a little while in their "apt" but it got stinky really quick and I switched over to wood shavings.

    I'm just thinking ahead to winter and wishing I had a barn!!
     

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