Duck Housing And Duck Coops


Duck housing, coops, and runs typically resemble hen coops or rabbit hutches with out stilt-style legs.

Whereas geese can typically reside harmoniously with chickens in the identical coop and run (in my private expertise), some retains want to create a duck home – coop and run designed particularly to deal with solely the water-loving poultry birds.

A duck home is usually a easy construction that resembles a canine home. It isn’t uncommon for duck keepers to “upcycle” a number of canine homes right into a duck home.

A typical wooden or metallic storage shed may also simply and economically be become a duck coop with an hooked up run throughout a single weekend.

Whether or not you design and construct an elaborate duck home or duck coop to deal with a couple of to a giant block of geese or a easy construction to offer shelter for somewhat flock, the fundamental wants of those birds are all the identical. 

Duck Home Fundamentals

  1. The duck coop or home needs to be a minimal of three toes tall.
  2. Vent placement alongside the highest of the partitions close to the roof is crucial to creating correct air flow. Geese emit a considerable amount of moisture once they breathe. That, coupled with water and dust on their toes, will create mildew and mould progress contained in the duck home if sufficient air circulation doesn’t exist.
  3. Bedding that dries rapidly, like straw or sawdust shavings is modified out recurrently so it doesn’t turn into dirty and breeds each extra moisture and micro organism progress within the duck coop.
  4. A backside, sides, and roof that can defend the geese from burrowing predators.
  5. Safe 2-step locks on the duck home – coop or run that can forestall the entry door from being opened or loosened by inclement climate or predators. Racoons are artful little critters. They’ve been identified to open easy 1-step latch locks to get within hen and duck coops to eat eggs and even younger birds.
  6. Any wooden used to construct the duck home or run should be stress handled. Wooden that isn’t stress handled or particle board will crumble away in only a yr or two – leaving the geese uncovered to predators. Particle boards could get skinny and purchase holes in mere months throughout a wet season and may by no means be used for any a part of a poultry home and run. 

In contrast to chickens, geese not often (by no means in my private expertise) lay eggs in nesting packing containers.

You’re welcome to incorporate nesting packing containers within the duck home in hopes that the duck hens will lay there as an alternative of wherever they might be standing when the necessity to lay an egg strikes, however don’t anticipate a lot success.

Domesticated duck breeds don’t fly.

Some breeds are able to catching sufficient wind to get their toes a couple of inches off the bottom and to maneuver ahead about one foot or so, however that’s about it for his or her flying capabilities.

Due to this fact, including perches to the duck coop will even not be crucial.

The coop within the video beneath is a shed-type construction transformed to dwelling quarters.

Though this shed-style coop was created only for chickens, it may additionally simply home geese. 

Duck Home Measurement

The size of the duck coop will depend upon what number of geese you’re at present retaining and plan to deal with sooner or later.

The duck home dimension needs to be 4 sq. toes of flooring house per hen.

Usually, geese make piles out of their bedding materials to sleep on.

Consider a couple of further inches on all sides to create space for the bunched-up bedding the geese will create when getting ready a mushy place to sleep. 

Bedding Decisions

As famous above, straw and sawdust shavings make wonderful bedding for duck homes.

Pine shavings could make good bedding too, however don’t have a tendency to offer ample insulation through the chilly winter as a lot because the shavings and straw.

The first benefit of utilizing straw over pine shavings is its pure resistance to moisture.

The straw is not going to retain moisture to the identical diploma because the shavings, retaining the geese hotter, dryer, and extra snug throughout chilly nights.

Respiratory issues usually are not often as widespread with geese as with chickens, however dwelling in a humid setting can definitely immediate the expansion of mould fungi and a probably lethal respiratory tract an infection in geese.

Home windows

Placing home windows in a duck coop just isn’t crucial. Some of us add the home windows to offer further mild for the geese and others only for aesthetics. Geese want to be open air as a lot as doable, even when it’s snowing … particularly when it’s raining.

As a result of geese will spend most of their time within the run or free-ranging if permitted, offering further mild through the winter just isn’t important.

Whereas added mild does assist promote egg laying through the coldest months of the yr, putting solar-powered hanging coop lights contained in the duck home could be much more economical and simpler to put in than home windows.

In case you select to put in home windows, making certain they’re correctly sealed and might be lined fully by shutters in case of harm or inclimate climate is strongly suggested. 

Ideally, including a window opening lined by one or two layers of {hardware} fabric (rabbit hutch wire mesh) is each a greater concept from a air flow and safety standpoint.

Such openings will even permit further mild and might be lined with shutters or a flip-down flap when crucial. 


Trenching {hardware} fabric beneath the ground of the duck coop and across the complete perimeter of the housing construction AND the run will assist defend the flock from burrowing predators on all sides. 

When developing a run, it can’t be beneficial extra extremely to make use of {hardware} fabric and never hen wire to connect to metallic or wooden posts.

Rooster wire is great at retaining poultry birds in however horrible at retaining predators out.

Rooster wire is simply too skinny and pliable to forestall mink from widening the openings simply sufficient for mink and different small rodent-style predators, to get inside. 


The doorways to a duck home, coop, or run needs to be manufactured from metallic or wooden.

Masking the wooden with {hardware} fabric can provide further safety from predators because the wooden tends to offer with age – particularly when uncovered to intensive rain.

Rotting of wooden can also be commonplace, over time.

duck house run

Duck Home Run

The {hardware} fabric that attaches the run to the duck coop or home needs to be stapled on to the wooden construction or onto a wooden strip screwed right into a metallic duck home.

To make the coop meets run space much more predator proof and durable, screw a wooden strip (one to 2 inches thick) excessive of stapled {hardware} fabric to safe it in place.  

The run will get moist and muddy extra typically with geese than with chickens as a result of they’ll ceaselessly get into the water supply you select to offer.

Including straw to the bottom within the run to assist cut back the mud the geese will probably be dwelling in is extremely beneficial.

Additionally, duck droppings are far bigger and extra liquid than hen droppings – including to the mess inside a duck home run. 

Even if you happen to allow the duck flock to free vary through the day, the run will nonetheless get muddy and messy.

The droppings contained in the run will breed micro organism that may turn into lethal when the geese by chance devour it whereas foraging within the free soil for bugs.

duck pond near coop

A water supply, be it an ornamental backyard pond or plastic (by no means inflatable) child pool and at the least one waterer for each six to eight geese should be part of the facilities within the duck home run. 

Geese ought to by no means go with out entry to water for longer than eight hours. The geese might want to at the least dip their payments and heads into the water each day – and could have the need to swim even through the winter months. 

The duck home run ought to have a lined high. Whereas mature geese are virtually all the time too massive to fret about hawks as predators, ducklings, and younger geese will probably be weak when uncovered to an space that isn’t lined on all sides. 

Climbing predators like bobcats, mink, raccoons, and weasels will be capable of climb up the partitions of the run, garner entry to the geese inside, and begin trying to work their means into the secured dwelling quarters all through the night time. 

Utilizing {hardware} to cowl the highest of the duck coop run is the most secure and durable path to take when developing the outside space for the flock.

Utilizing hen netting is an choice when masking a duck run, however it isn’t almost as sturdy as {hardware} fabric and can want changing on a probable annual foundation. 

A shady space within the duck home run can also be beneficial. Giving the geese a lined space the place they’ll loosen up out of the solar just isn’t as essential as it will be with chickens for the reason that geese will go swimming to chill off, however they’ll nonetheless admire the solar and climate masking every now and then. 

Conserving the geese heat, dry, and clear inside a safe setting is the primary and most vital step when changing into a duck keeper.

A wholesome and blissful flock will probably be much more prone to lay eggs to your breakfast plate than hens overly harassed about their dwelling situations and prowling predators. 

Duck Housing And Duck Coops


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