A project to build a house and feeder for ducklings and ducks on our pond. For weekly posts on the ducks themselves, check out the ducks category of the blog, and/or the weekly Flock Friday blog posts, that cover the ducks, chickens, and wild birds.
This is a summary of the plans, design, construction, and installation of the duck house, with links to the individual blog posts about it.
We have a nice large pond at the homestead, and enjoyed the occasional visit by migrating wild ducks. In January 2019 we decided we wanted permanent residents, and ordered four ducklings for delivery in May. So, it was time to get started designing a house for them. Here’s where it would be situated:
Starting construction, one of the first steps was to cut the floor and wall panels:
Lots of progress on assembling the walls and roof:
Building the doors, including the innovative four-part maintenance door:
The house includes LED and heat lamp lighting and other electrical features, including Wi-Fi:
I added vinyl tiles to help waterproof it:
With the construction complete, I next hand-excavated the location next to the pond:
Some preparation for ducklings (and chicks):
I also introduced a new weekly series on the blog, Flock Friday (that’s a baby Bert on the left):
An addition to the duck house was covered in one of the Flock Friday posts: adding the feeder tube:
When the first ducklings were getting old enough to go in the pond, I made and installed a ramp for them:
That’s it for now. This page will be updated with any future enhancements to the duck house.