This month’s “Cool Coop” will be much appreciated by the backyard duck enthusiasts of our Community! If you’ve never considered waterfowl – this setup just might change your mind. The creativity and uniqueness of this coop definitely rank it among our list of “Cool Coops”! Continue reading as Led Slinger shares the history and photos of – The Duck Fort
The wife and I were at Tractor Supply Co. one day and they had ducks and chickens for sale. The wife said she wanted some ducks and I replied, “If you get some ducks – then I get some chickens.” So from there we went home with a new hobby/responsibility.
I shortly begin building the first coop and I’m not sure of dollar amount to the tee, but most of the materials came from Lowes. The wire was given to me from a friend and the metal for the roof come from Classic Metals in Richburg. I built the chicken coop and Duck Fort myself.
Both coops have power ran to them for lights and the duck pond has power ran to it for the use of the pump in the pond.
The chicken coop and Duck Fort are separate structures, but both flocks free range every day together and return to their separate coops in the evening.
We currently have 8 Peking Ducks. 4 male, 4 female. We currently are only getting 2 eggs a day since we only have two adult females – 2 of the ducks were purchased in June. We were told they were 3 months old at that time. They should start laying soon. We don’t have any nesting boxes, but they normally go and lay under the covered part in the shavings.
A little more info of the up keep that we do: we clean out their water bowls every night. I created a PVC pipe feeder so that we don’t have to feed them every night. My wife just fills it up once a week and that normally lasts them with free ranging every day.
My wife cleans the pen every other day, but does one deep cleaning a week (draining the pond and scrubbing the deck and pond – also cleaning out the shavings). The current filter that we have does an okay job, but we plan on upgrading soon.
We also like to socialize them so normally my wife will go out in the mornings and afternoons and gives them treats. Their favorite is mealworms! We make sure that they have booster in their food so that we have healthy happy ducks.
This experience has been fun and a big learning process. We have enjoyed learning and providing eggs to family and friends!
A big thanks to Led for sharing his “Duck Fort”! – I’m sure it will inspire several folks to add backyard ducks to the mix! Watch for a future newsletter to feature Led’s equally impressive chicken coop!
If you raise backyard ducks, share your setup in a comment below and post photos of your flock on our Facebook page! Community Chickens – Facebook
If you have a “Cool Coop” you would like to share with the Community, email me at RNickols@communitychickens.com
Click on the link below for previous entries in the “Cool Coops!” series…
To view what else is happening at our Southwest Missouri property visit: the garden-roof coop
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