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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2007, 00:22 »
few pics of the frame i started earlier . . . . . . . .

as i said in an earlier post  . . . . take no notice of the state of the extension, its a 'work in progress' lol  :D











last pics a bit small  . . . . that was before i adjusted the image size on my phone lol . . . . . . .

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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2007, 00:27 »
your gonn have to nail it down somehow matey that may blow about if its a real windy time ,thestuff your using  is a very light wood pine i think  :wink:
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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2007, 00:48 »
not when i've finished with it lol  . . . . . my diy skills are pretty good if a dont mind sayin so meself  . . . .  am not bad really  . . . . gotta fill it out yet with tongue an groove of course which will strengthen it then it'll be fastened with some L shaped brackets for extra security.

lid n roof will follow with some felt to finish the roof off of course   . . . . . doors etc  . . .  blah blah  . . .  am thinkin it'll be a small work of art by the time am finished but the pics will be the proof of the puddin' eh    . . . .  :D

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« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2007, 00:50 »
right am off to me pit  . . . . . .  catch you all real soon . . . . . .

thanks for all the tips people   :D

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« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2007, 20:32 »
I have 13 ducks big old birds Aylesbury's and Saxony's. I would advise the shavings option as its easier and I personally find them more absorbant.  (I get dust extracted ones you use for horses).  They lay anywhere mine normally choose a corner and lay there so nest boxes not needed and the deep sawdust protects them and keeps them cleaner I find.

A big must is water inside for night in a bucket they can't knock over mine get through a full bucket every night.  I have a crate that I sit the bucket in to stop them spilling it, maybe you could make a similar item for yours.

Enjoy, you can't be sad with a duck they are to lovely
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« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2007, 01:04 »
thanks for that slowef, i'll bear what you said about the water in mind  . . .  think i'll try to build something into the base inside to take a bucket or basin so they have plenty of water. thats a lot they go through in a night ! then again you do have a few there lol  

just picked up some really good wire for the run for nothing! much better than the regular chicken wire thats around. going to do a bit more this week on the house so i'll post some more progress pics as i go along !

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« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2007, 19:25 »
p.s.  I gave my ducklings Chappie (dog food) mixed with a little water they loved it.  Its good for them apparently and they certainly thried on it.  It does make for slightly smellier poo's but in for a penny :oops:  :oops:

Oh I agree about the feed, avoid cocidistats I use Smallholder Duck and Goose Feed its additive free
http://www.smallholderfeed.co.uk/poultry/10.htm
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« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2007, 21:28 »
Hi there, just a thought - we made our broody house from scratch and used T&G - only thing we would do different is use a smaller thickness - ie only 12mm - we used 19mm thinking solid is good only to find a * to move  :? !!! Good luck and keep us posted!

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« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2007, 23:43 »
thanks for that slowef, that links great and there's some near to where my girlfriend lives  :D

foxy i've started with 12mm anyway cos i thought that should be more than enough, yours must be bomb proof lol  :shock:


with my thoughts turning to cleaning  . . . .  what do you think to the idea of me making the bottom hinged like a door so it drops open to the floor so when you come to muck it out you can just wash it down with a hose too and rake the muck away???

was gonna make a full size hinged door on the back to just swing open so you can get in from the back but the bottom dropping down is starting to appeal to me ? ? ?  :?

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« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2007, 12:09 »
had another brainwave to go with the above one  . . . . lol   :shock:

what if  . . . i cut out a circular hole in the base to take a 2.5 ltr small bucket and sink it in the floor for water when they're inside???  easy access and all that, any obvious minus points to this that i might not be thinking of???

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« Reply #40 on: October 30, 2007, 12:18 »
they may also fall in .just use a drinker from ebay  :wink:

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« Reply #41 on: October 30, 2007, 12:19 »
ooops sorry two brainwaves  :shock:

how about  . . . .  yer know them solar lights that go in your garden  . . . . would there be any benefit to building some of them into the roof??? just a thought after reading peoples posts about chickens needing more light in the winter to stay laying, or thats how i took it - i know i'm talking about ducks here not chickens so would ducks benefit from it do you think??

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« Reply #42 on: October 30, 2007, 12:20 »
ducks no.. chickens maybe :)

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« Reply #43 on: October 30, 2007, 12:23 »
what about my idea to have the base open to the floor munty??

thats gotta be easier for cleaning surely? i could also do it in lats with gaps as you mentioned so it drains better if its washed down?  :D

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« Reply #44 on: October 30, 2007, 12:35 »
for ducks i do that ,and i dont use straw on the floor at all the eggs are layed in a box with straw in and thats all . you need to have drinkers for all birds mate.rubbish will get into a bucket in the floor im thinking .also chicks would drown  :(  you dont need to over  complicate things honestly the more basic the better for you and the birds  .food water shelter and protection from pain and suffering is all that you need to comply with ,let the birds do what birds do without fannying around with artificial lighting etc ,i promise the birds will be happier and a dam site healthier ,dont forget  POWS  are subjected to light depravation torture and take my word for it ,it aint nice what the leaving a light on longer when a bird should be naturally sleeping is the opposite side of the same thing ....   :wink:



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