Tuesday, January 5, 2010

coop and run



The new coop and run for the new ducks. One is definitely a female, the quack is loud and strong. The other 2 have the raspy honk of males, but their appearance is strongly female, hoping for the best. Don't want to be stuck with 4 males and one female.

5 comments:

  1. Ve-ry nice coop, Johne. What's the dimensions on that - 4 x 4 x 5 ? Handmade, deshou ? And congrats on at least one female (so far). :-)

    -ken

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  2. Hi Ken, it is regular コンパネ plywood 90cmX90cm at the base. About 150 high. It's a little tight if they all turn out to be female, for nesting. The floor is stainless mesh on top of coated chicken wire, supported by pvc pipe underneath. So it's a little hard to clean, has to be hosed. Now everything is frozen so it's a pain. Still haven't worked out a good way to collect manure. Probably remove the mesh and put a sliding plywood 'drawer' to catch it, in the future.

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  3. Noice. Can you collect lots of duck manure from the inside of coops ? I've read that ducks don't usually poop in the coop, but save it for the outdoors. Would that be correct ? Were you able to harvest some duck manure from the inside of the ol' A-frame deluxe coop ? Sorry for all the questions.....

    Can't wait 'till spring ! (I'll be getting some ducklings then.)

    -ken

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  4. Ken no problem. Oh they poop anywhere and everywhere! You'll have no shortage of manure, trust me. I raised the A-frame up on stumps and blocks cause the manure was such a problem. Dung beetles galore. With all our rain it would wash away most but still build up under the floor.

    I moved the A frame to a new location and collected about a wheelbarrow full of manure and soil. That works pretty well as a system. Some kind of catch drawer would be best I think though. Scrape and hose.

    Another way would be to get sawdust from a mill, but then you'd have to wait longer to compost probably. I don't see how a solid floor is practical in this climate and without unlimited composting material and space.

    Would like to hear your ideas as well

    john

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  5. OK - so they're BIG poopers, eh. Yosh. (roles sleaves up)

    My coop here is 5 foot wide x 3 foot deep x 4.5 foot high. Good for 3 sitting ducks I reckon, maybe 4. But fer now it's just stuffed with bags of charcoal ! Ha.

    I made it with a bunch of leftover 2x4s and 1x4s, chicken wire, 1 bay leaf tree branch, 2 hinges, 1 drawer handle, and a bag of portland cement. It’s a foot or so off the ground (pretty high-up) with horizontal floorboards that aren't fastened to the frame.

    My plan is that, in order to thoroughly clean the duck house, I can pull out the boards through the front door or the bottom, allowing the manure and bedding to fall into the open space underneath, where I can 'harvest' my keep. But I don't want to be having to clean the duck house in this manner all the time (probably tedious work), so I made the front door big enough where I can get at the manure and bedding with a scrapper. Maybe a few times a year I’ll hose the boards off thoroughly and change their positions when I put them back into the coop. I guess I'll figure out soon enough what works with this design. :-)

    -ken

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