We seem to be a home for wayward animals. I don’t mind because I love them! But not long ago I found myself with no idea how to make a duck house. And also. We have some of the best friends on the planet.
Another story of a friend needing to find a new home for some birds. Three ducks. Sure we’ll take them! But I know that they ducks have different needs than the chickens so they’ll need a different home. To the rescue comes a different friend, their dog had recently passed, looking to get rid of their doghouse and did I need it. My brain was spinning. Of course I could use that.
This doghouse had no bottom but in my planning that was perfect. I did have to replace one leg (back right in picture below) and the frame boards around the bottom due to age but it was a quick fix. Then on to making this a good home. All my hardware cloth is 24″ wide. I measured 24″ from the front of the house and put in a support board across the house (tall side going up into the house). Then I stapled my 1″ hardware cloth to the front half of the floor space. The back portion I covered with a solid board.
The part that took the longest was figuring out how to cut into the side with the limited tools I had on hand. Somehow managing to get a hacksaw through there, I cut a decent size whole for ventilation on the side and covered that with 1/2″ hardware cloth. I could have taken the time to cut a board to perfectly fit the rounded opening but I had to make this baby quick. Ducks were coming and they had to go somewhere. Two tiny hinges from my bag of hinges (when we demoed the farmhouse we saved all kinds of elements we thought may come in handy for future projects) and two small pieces of scrap wood to make a lock. Front ramp done.
You can see in the picture below my plan for the flooring. When I installed the support board across the middle I placed it going into the house. This makes the back half a nest box area and helps keep the straw in it’s place. The front half provides ventilation and all food/water spills go right through. Ducks are so messy. So so messy.
One last thing and I was done. Just needed to make a door in the back to get eggs. Cut a rectangle, added two hinges at the bottom and a lock on the top. I had an extra metal lock from creating the chicken house that I used here.
Three happy ducks. This small doghouse makes the perfect space for these three. The next step is acclimating them to the other animals and teaching them to be free range birds after a lifetime of living enclosed. I love a challenge 🙂