THE GOODWOOD GOOSE OR DUCK HOUSE
When it comes to any type of fowl housing I am of the opinion that to design, build and then ultimately market functional housing worth the name you need to have been a ‘keeper’ Anybody who like me has kept domestic waterfowl will tell you that ducks and especially geese are messy. I have 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. When creating any animal or bird housing I apply three criteria.
Firstly, and most importantly, the house MUST pander the bird’s needs and their natural instincts. As with all creatures waterfowl are ‘hard-wired’ to certain behavioural traits, which to ignore is foolhardy.
Secondly, the house accessibility and functionality should aid the keeper achieve a high level of husbandry. Awkward, hard to clean housing tends to get steadily filthier, until in the end the welfare of the birds becomes an issue.
Lastly, ensuring we do not compromise the birds and keepers needs, we strive to make our work aesthetically pleasing. Achieved by applying a critical eye to scale and proportions, the selection (and rejection), of materials, the routine use of sandpaper and adding those little bits of unnecessary detail, we accomplish the desired effect. Perhaps best summarised by a customer who said “this is housing even our neighbour can be proud of”.
THE GOODWOOD GOOSE or DUCK HOUSE FEATURES
DUCK POP-HOLE GABLE WALL:
Fitted with an internal, large duck sized pophole door. Entire Gable wall removes for cleaning access.
GOOSE DOOR GABLE WALL:
Fitted with a large goose sized door. Door multiple hinged to allow it to fold back against sidewall. (see pics)
Both sides are fitted with hinged doors to allow cleaning access.
Air flow is a vital aspect of house design, the birds should have access to clean air, even in the winter. Warm foul air (pun indented) rises to be vented via the full-length vented ridge.
Fitted with stout stretcher handles.
Shipped fully built, ready to use.
THE GOODWOOD CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
All framing and cladding is pressure treated joinery grade red pine.
GABLE WALL CLADDING:
12mm thick tongue and grooved boarding.
20mm thick shiplap boarding (joints bedded on mastic).
12mm thick MARINE grade ply.
THE GOODWOOD RANGE
THE GOODWOOD 90 GOOSE OR DUCK HOUSE:
120cm x 85cm.
Houses 2 to 3 geese, or up to 6 to Aylesbury sized ducks.
THE GOODWOOD 150:
145cm x 85cm
Houses 4 to 5 geese, or 8 to 10 Aylesbury sized duck.
THE GOODWOOD OPTIONS
2mtr x 0.6mtr x 0.2mtr deep, water trough, with ramp bridge.
Controls the mud paddling just outside the door, so aids the housekeeping.
(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!