Since we got the ducks last November I’ve been itching to get them out of the tub and into their own home. Now that it’s warmed up Mr. Comfortable is getting started on the duck cabin. It’s going to be amazing!
I fell in love with the idea of a duck log cabin when Penguin explained his vision of their outdoor home. At first I thought Penguin was being a bit grandiose with his ideas but now I realize the cabin will be darned close to his mental picture!
On the first nice day we had I began asking about getting started on the duck cabin.
Unfortunately the weather didn’t stay nice and I had to admit that working on it in any way wasn’t practical. That turned out to be a good thing since the delay completely changed my ideas on how it should look.
Pete sent me a video via Facebook a while back with the comment “Duck house?” At first I thought he was joking but he set me straight. He thought it would be a great way to build really secure, attractive housing for Freckles and Penguin.
I showed Mr. C the video and he instantly said he could build it. We have an enormous amount of wood from the ice storm a few years ago and from the recent wind storm. Now instead of cursing all the trees that came down I’m thrilled to have them!
The first step in getting started on the duck cabin was to burn the wood that was couldn’t be used.
We had a huge pile in the back. Mr. C. spent five days sorting the wood and getting rid of the small pieces that couldn’t be used for the duck cabin or for the fireplace. Then he began cutting the wood into the little logs that would become the walls of the cabin.
He’s been showing the plans to Freckles and Penguin and they crack me up. They stand at the end of the tub looking intently at the paper he holds up. You’d think they were actually inspecting their architect’s renderings of their new home. They got to see the plans before I did!
I’m so excited about this duck cabin yet I’m trying to be patient. The plans call for a concrete floor, doors in the front and the back (for easy cleaning), recessed windows, and plenty of ventilation. Ducks have very moist breath so it’s crucial that their hot, wet exhalations have a way to escape the house.
We’re also going to build a large outdoor pen for them. They’ll be able to wander around and eat grass and bugs to their hearts’ content. And because they are, after all, ducks and they love to swim we’re putting in a pond.
Getting started on the duck cabin is a dream come true for me. But for the ducks, when it’s completed, it’s going to be duck heaven!
Here’s the video that Pete sent that is the inspiration for this luxury duck housing. It’s so cool!