HAYDOCK GOOSE & DUCK HOUSE
G’Rob says …..
Anybody who like me has kept domestic waterfowl will tell you that ducks and especially geese are messy. I’ve heard it said more than once “they peck once and poo twice”. Therefore, to maintain a desirable level of husbandry their housing needs to be easy to clean and well ventilated. They like a tall door they appeared (in my experience) to not like ‘stooping’.
As ducks and geese seem void of the ‘chicken home to roost gene’ I found it ‘testing’ so needs to be as hassle free as possible any excuse to dwelling around the door will hamper ‘ bed time’, some short in the leg birds benefit from a ‘ leg up’(see optional RAMP below) I also resorted to a bribe feed in the evening with feed and water troughs setup inside the house, or their secure run (see PADDOCK RUN ) . Another bonus of feeding at bed time is that the birds will have a crop full of feed on which to overnight, which is especially beneficial during long cold winter nights.
My preference for floor and nest litter is wood shavings or a proprietary brand of horse bedding both of which are far more absorbent than straw or hay.
Ducks and geese are not disposed to use a nest box. Geese choose to make their own ‘mess nest’ where they want to. Ducks seemed to lay eggs wherever they are when the need arises, every attempt to induce either of them to lay in even the most basic nest failed. The best I could do was to offer them a segregated area of the house that if they wanted to, they could own. (see optional HOUSE PARTITION below).
Both sidewalls lift out for cleaning access.
Both roof panels are hinged so when used in conjunction with the lift out side walls, maximises cleaning access. A SEALANT is used in roof board joints.
Air circulation is achieved via built in vents under the eaves which allows fresh air to enter the house replacing the warm foul air which rises to be vented via the ridge vents.
Glued, mortise and tenon jointing stiffens the house stopping ‘raking’ to a degree that if hosed, the house may be rolled onto its side to drain.
Marine grade ply, extremely resistant to water and urine. The centre section lifts out to allow the keeper to tackle the packed soiling just inside the doorway.
For ease of moving.
Palletise delivery, fully assembled, so ready for use.
All framing and cladding is pressure treated joinery grade red pine.
12mm thick tongue and grooved boarding.
20mm thick shiplap boarding.
12mm thick MARINE grade ply.
Removable internal wall.
Sturdy 60 x 90 cm ramp gives smaller birds a ‘leg up’.
(link to PADDOCK RUN)
Although the timber we build with is pressure treaded or marine grade and will last many years, we think it prudent to once in a while apply a re-treatment. The treatment we both use and strongly recommend prevents future wood rot by forming a WATER SHEDDING layer over the timber surface.
When first applied the treater has both the colour and consistency of diluted milk, however it dries to be fully TRANSPARENT so can be liberally applied without showing brush or run marks. It is water based so it CAN BE APPLIED TO WET WOOD. Being MICRO POROUS it allows the wood to ‘breath’ and most importantly it says SUITABLE FOR ANIMAL HOUSING on the label!