The thirteen ducks living on the farm spend most of their time outside, but at night they sleep in this hut:
It gets the job done, but it doesn’t have sufficient insulation or ventilation, is difficult to clean, and is very ugly. So, we are in the process of designing a new, better duck hut.
Ducks have simpler living requirements than chickens. While chickens require roosts to sleep on and nest boxes to lay eggs in, ducks prefer to sleep and lay on the ground. Ducks emit a lot of moisture when they breathe, so ventilation is very important, especially in the colder months, because high humidity and low temperatures can cause frostbite on the ducks’ feet.
The new duck hut will have a graded roof with ventilation on either side. It will be 4 feet tall at its shortest and 5.5 at its tallest (a lower ceiling keeps the heat in). It will be on skids so we can hook it up to the tractor and drag it when we want to move it.
There will be a duck door on the front of the hut that swings down and becomes a ramp. The front wall on either side of the duck door will swing out so the entire front of the hut can be opened up for easy cleaning. The straw bedding will go on top of a rubber mat on the floor that we can slide out when we need to replace the straw.
Some aspects of the design will probably change by the time we build the duck hut, but this is what we have so far.