Why do my ducks like concrete? Could I make them a house they'd be happier with?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Steffanyace, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Steffanyace

    Steffanyace Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2012
    My ducks have taken a liking to my front porch and driveway. It isn't too big of a deal, but it would be nice if I didn't always have to clean off the duck poop. They free range in the day. The acreage they are on doesn't have any weeds or bushes for them to hangout in other than the rose bushes on the porch. I left a patch of weeds by the pond and they hung out in that for the most part until the winter killed it off. I thought about planting some pampas grass near the pond or some other decorative grass they could feel cozy in.

    I also thought about building some little two sided structures with a roof or something by the pond that they might like hanging out under. From what I understand 55 gal drums cut in 4ths works well. We are in the process of selling our house, so whatever it would be would need to look nice.

    They have free access to their duck hous during the day, but they had free ranged all their lives before I got them and don't really like being locked up.

    A friend has offered to give me her duck house thing that goes in the middle of the pond. I need to go pick it up. I haven't seen it though, so I'm thinking it might not be big enough for my muscovies.

    What are y'all's experience with this sort of stuff? What do you think would work best?
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Well my driveway is only partly paved the rest is gravel, my assumption is the combo of gravel, bugs drives them there, plus it;s warm. I don't have much in the way of concrete for the front, so they don't stay long but i have opened my front door to a duck before lol

    I don't like the idea of a floating duck house, one the sizing like you said and Muscovy are not like most ducks where they just hang out on the water. One near the pond would probably preferred. Mine like to hang out under trees, cleaning up the bugs and to truffle through the dirt that lays beneath them.

    Mine also have access to their barn, and often return back.. there are also huge cedar trees beside it that they can often be found under in warmer months. Muscovy also like to roost so i find them(mainly the ducks) on things... fence, playground deck lol

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