Building our Duck House

Over the fall I designed and built a shelter for our ducks in the corner of our food forest.  By placing it at the highest elevation in the food forest I am able to easily drain “enriched” duck water into the downhill swales each day.

The bulk of the structure is pressure treated 4×4, likely overkill, but I had extra posts from a fencing project ready to use.

I used a technique for notching and assembling the posts which was new to me, but that I am very happy with.  The posts are notched together at all joints allowing easy fastening with 3″ lag screws.

The notches are made by simply kerfing the lumber with a circular saw set to a depth half the thickness of the post.  I cut every half inch or so, then simply knock out the notch with the claw of my hammer.  Very efficient and fast to do in the field.


Example of a kerfed and knocked out notch.


Floor framing almost complete, all interlocking beams.


2×4 roof framing and corner beams in.


Walking in the door, you first pass a ramp over 2 foot of double meshed floor which will allow drainage from water containers and keep water separate from the deep straw bedding.


A later shot with the door open, and the ducks all moved in.


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