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.

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Example of a kerfed and knocked out notch.

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Floor framing almost complete, all interlocking beams.

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2×4 roof framing and corner beams in.

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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.

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

 

New Layer Ducks Arrive

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Early this morning the latest addition to the farm arrived.  Thirteen white layer ducks from Metzer farms.  These are a version of the Metzer 300 Hybrid, and are prolific egg layers.

The little girls were placed into their brooder where they’ll stay for the next couple weeks.  They are eating a wonderful corn free, GMO free, soy free, organic feed manufactured locally.

We’ll keep getting pictures and videos out as we complete construction on their home and migrate them outside.