A Duck’s Paradise

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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,

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 bonus to all of this?  There will be less mud entering the pool allowing it to remain cleaner a bit longer, AND they won’t be able to drilled holes around it any longer causing the dirt to erode!  10934383_10205770986295282_900569848_n-2

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!

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Comments

  1. Shaina says

    I am excited we just bought 5, 14 day old ducklings! Right now they are in the broodbox but I am wandering about the duckhouse. (Not built yet) We are converting our OLD bumperpull trailer into a chicken coop and an old playhouse into the guinea coop/roost. I was thinking of puting the duck area under the guinea roost. We have two old wooden dog houses that I think would be perfect but what do you do for the inside? Just put straw? Does your roof open so you can check on the ducks? is the door to close them in for the night?! And is it just your pair going into the house?

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      We installed a door from the backside allowing for easy cleaning. Installing an opening from the top can make it difficult on your back with all of the bending you’d be doing for daily cleaning and egg collecting. And sadly, duck coops need to be maintained daily! Tip, don’t leave water in their house or you will have a huge wet mess to clean up in the morning. Good luck and enjoy your new flock!

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      It’s 2 1/2 feet deep with 2 shallow ledges on both sides. We installed a drain that is attached to a french drain that pulls the water away from the property. But 80% of the water go directly into the garden for watering and fertilizing.

  2. Karen says

    I was just wondering it’d your ducks had a hard time getting out? I have a pekin that can’t get out. I have one similar to yours. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ashley says

    How many ducks do you have in your dog house? We bought a house and there was already one on the property in really good condition. We bought 5 ducks and are wondering how many could fit in the doghouse.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      The duck house in the photo has been used for broody duck hens. I have fit up to 3 adult duck in there easily.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      We do not receive as much snow as you, but the ducks do well. The big pond is closed down during the winter and smaller heavy rubber pools are added. Stray is placed down in various spots over the snow, but all seems to be quite well!

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