DIY Duck House Made From Scrap Wood; Our Duck Journey

A couple years ago we decided to buy some ducks to raise and it has been one adventure after another with these guys. You can read more about Our Duck Journey here. This spring started out pretty emotional. We lost 2 ducks to getting hit by cars, 2 adult female ducks and 5 baby ducks to a wild animals. I am done burring ducks, too much sadness 😦

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One of the females that was killed was sitting on a nest of eggs that were starting to hatch the night she was killed so we quickly put them under a heat lamp in our basement. R.I.P Mommy duck 😦


On Mother’s Day we became the new parents of 8 ducklings, 5 rouen and 3 white barn ducks (not sure how that happened).


Since then we have lost 2 babies to what we think was a hawk. We have to watch for predators day and night. We have coyotes, fox, skunks, raccoons, weasels, owls, hawks, bald eagles, stray cats, snapping turtles, snakes and who knows what else.

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The first time we raised ducks we only had 4, 6 ducks is a lot more work. I was keeping them in a kiddie pool with a fence around it but I had to clean it 3 times a day. I would let them out during the day in a small fenced in area with supervision but was keeping them in my garage at night. They were quickly running out of room so I had to think fast about what I was planning on doing next with these ducks. I tried finding them new homes but didn’t have any takers. I had an old duck house but it was way too small for 6 ducks. My husband and I decided we would raise them until they were old enough to be released into the wild (about 4-6 months old). Their mom was half wild, half domestic and she breed with a wild drake. So these babies are more wild than domestic (I hope) but I know they wouldn’t have a chance if we let them go this young. There was also no way I was going to be able to keep up with all the poop i my garage so I decided to build them a house. I didn’t have any plans just an idea in my head of what they needed and how it would look.

I started by getting all of my scrap wood together in my garage (I keep everything). I had a budget of $0 going into this. So I needed to think of how I could be resourceful with what I already had.

I had:

  • scrap wood
  • screws
  • a lot of tools
  • pallets
  • extra shingles
  • small hinges
  • handles
  • latches
  • paint

Had to buy:

  • 2 barn door hinges $2 each
  • 1″ hardware cloth $15

Now it was just finding the time to build something. My idea was to start with a pallet and build on that.

IMG_4844The ducks weren’t much help but were cute to look at 🙂
IMG_4848 So the first thing I did was take the 2 end boards off the the back of the pallet and place a 8″ 4×4’s in each corner. I wanted it to sit off the ground so it wouldn’t rott but not to high that something might crawl under it. Then I put the 2 boards I took off on the ends to keep critters out.

IMG_4851Next came framing. IMG_4857

IMG_4860I had several 2×6’s so I set my table saw to 1 1/2″ and made my own 2×2’s. I wanted it to have a slanted roof so water would run off so I made the front higher than the back. I used my Kreg Jig to make each wall and then attached them one at a time. I found measuring and cutting as I went easier with this project since I didn’t have plans.


I framed what is called a brooder box on one side of the house. This is where they will sleep and lay eggs. There will be a lid on top where I can change out the straw easily and take out any eggs without having to crawl through the stinky duck house.


Next, I attached square hardware cloth to the floor of the cage and around the top. At first I used 1″ but then switched it out with 1/4″. I don’t want snakes and mice getting in either but I do want food and duck messes to be able to fall through the floor for an easier clean up. The top is for ventilation.


The next day my husband and I carried it out to the yard. I didn’t want to add anymore wood in the garage or I would never be able to move it. It was already pretty heavy. I coved the framing and roof with 3/4″ scrap plywood (donated by my neighbor) and pallet wood.


My husband nailed the shingles on the roof for me and I attached the hinges for the brooder box door. Now all we need was paint and ducks. Yay, almost done!!

At this point I also remembered I needed a door, oops. I guess I’m not almost done.

IMG_4871It’s not in the picture but 1/4″ hardware cloth is on the floor and the bottom of the brooder box also.


Now its Done!!!IMG_4874 I used pallet wood to make the barn door.


Bring in on predators!IMG_4876I’m so excited for my egg box. I’m sure they will all fly away before they even start laying eggs but I still think it’s cool 🙂IMG_4877I play on putting a ducky door in the back that opens up into a fenced in duck run. IMG_4878IMG_4879Babies are checking out their new home.IMG_4880IMG_4881I put some washable mats in until their feet get a little bigger. I didn’t want them to hurt themselves on the hardware cloth.


They’re growing fast and loving their new home 🙂

I’m afraid I am getting too attached to these guys to ever let them fly away.

I ❤ Ducks!

Built with ❤


Needles & Nails

10 responses to “DIY Duck House Made From Scrap Wood; Our Duck Journey”

  1. This is great! Thanks for sharing! I plan on trying to build a duck house similar to yours!

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  4. Hi Sherrana! I am planning on getting ducks soon and I really like your creation here. I’m wondering how/if you clean out any droppings or food that falls through the wiring. Thanks!

    1. Hi Kyla, I’m excited for you and your future ducky adventures 🙂 I’m not sure what your yard is like but we used this as a sleeping quarters. So during the day they were free ranging in the yard. I kept food and water OUTSIDE the duck house. They don’t need food and water at night while they sleep, unless they are babies. Babies will need food, water, and a heat lamp all day until they get there feathers. I have had to pick the house up and move it over about 4 feet twice now. Looks heavier than it really is. My son helped me. But for the most part the droppings, straw, wood chips, food, water, all pretty much just decompose. I actually have a little mouse living under mine right now lol. Good luck!

      1. Christina Hanson Avatar
        Christina Hanson

        So what do you do during the day for free roaming Ducks? I’m use to chickens when I was little! NOT DUCKS.. my husband’s idea but its up to me to care for them. Lol. Is it necessary to have nesting boxes? I have mine just in a coop 4×4 about.

      2. So for my ducks I lock them up at night and let them out during the day. After 3 or 4 days of this routine they just start going in at night on their own. During the day they want to eat & swim. I don’t have a pond so I have a kiddie pool I move around the yard. I fill it each day & put out dry food. They will eat, swim, and sleep all day. In the summer I will set it up in the yard near some shade. After dark my ducks know to go in their coop. I do NOT keep food or water in the coop. They eat and drink plenty during the day and it keeps the coop so much cleaner. You can use straw or pine shavings for bedding. You don’t really need brooder boxes. My girls just pick a corner and that’s where they nest for the night. Fresh eggs in the morning. 🙂

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  6. Christina Hanson Avatar
    Christina Hanson

    Thank you for responding! So boxes are unnecessary. I wasn’t sure if they could go all night without anything (food or water) I had a pool in there run but I couldn’t empty it every other day. So we dug out an area in there run to put water in usually let the hose run most of the day on warm day’s! Great now I know I can leave them out all day. I will put water outside of the coop much easier! So food wise I have chickens as well I’m in the process of switching food so they can eat the same kind, but its very fine! The ducks are NOT happy about the switch! I’m going to have to go back to there usual until I can figure out what to do! Thanks for all of your help!

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