Duck Coop Construction
The ducks were getting a new, permanent home – slowly but surely. After doing some deconstruction and site prep, I drew up some loose plans and we started building.
The duck house would give each bird about 4-6 square feet of space while the run area could be anywhere from 10-25 square feet per bird. This wide variation may have to do with the breeds you select and the personality of your flock. My girls like a lot of space, so I aimed for more wiggle room.
I designed the entire enclosure to fit along our side yard, using our existing fence as one side. The whole area is approximately 6′ x 16′ and it lines up at one end and attaches to our chicken coop.
The duck house is 3′ x 6′ with one end built with an access door for collecting eggs and cleaning out bedding. The run is 6′ x 13′ and about 5′ tall so we can get in and walk around fairly easily.
We used a combination of new and salvaged materials. Most of the posts for framing had been pressure-treated cedar. Not my preference since they use chemicals to treat the wood, but it was roughly seven times more expensive for untreated cedar.
We got everything framed and the duck house walls and floor up. Next steps were to attach the metal fencing to the enclosure and put on roofs – always a tricky part. It went slower than I wanted, but that seems to always be the case with construction projects.
Stay tuned for the final post on the build-out!
This article originally appeared on hipchickdigs.com. It is re-posted here with permission from the author.
Photo Credit: Renee Wilkinson
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