When our ducks were old enough to leave the brooder box, they immediately took to sleeping in the coop with our chicken; with this set up came some amazing routines!
Each night they go independently into the coop without any encouragement from us ~ meaning we never have to shepherd them into the coop. Our routine is simple, we look outside and if there are no ducks running around then they have tucked themselves in for the night. I don’t know how we became so blessed with this routine of theirs, but we are thrilled!
All of our ducks lay inside of the coop, most will lay in a nesting box, some will lay NEXT to the nesting box,
and at times one will lay in the goat’s kennel, **sigh**. I can’t answer as to why she choses that spot other than she seems to like it in there, and sadly we have lost a few eggs due to stampeding goats trying to go to bed!
Though our ducks have established a great routine for themselves, I knew that we needed a duck house. See, I want to raise Welsh Harlequin ducks, and I knew that we would need a way to identify the Welsh Harlequin eggs from the rest, a duck house would make this endeavor easier.
Instead of building one we decided to repurpose this dog house that we have been lugging around. Our old dog never liked it and refused to use it and I am not sure why I never got rid of it, I’m just glad we didn’t, it will to work perfectly for what we have planned!
To amuse me, my darling farm guy began converting the dog house into a duck brothel! There was finally a purpose for it, so he set off to make something fun and functional. He never misses a beat when he is constructing something and is very detailed in his work; the door was built to mirror the rest of the original structure, and it blended in perfectly ~actually, he was quite proud of the door, so it was important that I put in into the blog!
He also added vent holes for good air circulation, a lip was also added to help keep some of the hay in. But in typical duck fashion much of it will end up outside of the coop sooner than later!
While we were working on the duck house I noticed that were a few cement pavers on the other side of the fence line. A Farm Guy and Dellie went over to dig them out, but there seemed to be no end to how deep and wide they were spread out. Well, it so happened that there was over $125 in pavers buried there….GAHHHH, WE STRUCK GOLD! At least to us homesteaders it was like striking gold! When its free, and can be used for projects, then it is just as good gold!
We were planning on adding a deck around the duck pool, but honestly did not want to spend the money to do it, there were many other things that we needed prior to the pool deck. With the free pavers we ended up having enough to build the deck out 3 ft in the front and back, as well as 2 ft out on the sides. Yep, we were quite excited by this, and I think our ducks were as well!
The total cost for the project of converting the dog house and the new pool deck? $4.00 for the hinges to secure the door; everything else was found for free or repurposed from another job!