It’s been a while since we’ve done any work on the duck cabin. Mr. Comfortable hasn’t been feeling all that well and, with two weddings so close together, we were busy with other things. I’m thrilled that work on the duck cabin has resumed!
Work on the duck cabin has resumed and Freckles and Penguin are delighted!
At least I think they are delighted. We keep them up to date on what’s going on with construction but there hasn’t been much to report this summer. Yet those two babies are still patient. Freckles and Penguin are really sweet ducks. I think, after spending most of their lives in that tub, most ducks would have turned vicious. The ducks do have toys and they swim nearly every evening but it’s not as much fun as being outside and eating bugs and grass. I can’t wait to get this project finished so they can really have fun!
Work on the duck cabin has resumed because of Pete and Andi!
We managed to scavenge wood for the roof, doors, door frames, and possibly even the form for the concrete floor. Pete and Andi were invaluable in this. They gave us some material they’d had sitting in the garage for years and saved us from trying to find ways to buy it all! I think Pete is really looking forward to the “real” construction!
Mr. C has been building the doors. I’m quite impressed with the job he’s doing since he doesn’t have the proper tools for the job. The duck cabin will have two doors. The back door will be smaller since it’s going to be used just for cleaning out the cabin.
The front door is taller and wide enough for both ducks to fit through together. Ducks will sometimes try to rush out the door and I’ve heard tales of them getting stuck. It’s unlikely but this duck mama isn’t taking chances!
Since we do have to guard against predators the doors will be tight-fitting. Mr. C is building door frames and the frames will be surrounded by the log walls. If we simply hung the doors and left room around the edges our very clever raccoons or determined foxes might get in. I’ve seen photos of foxes that actually climbed a tree near the coops and then walked across the overhead netting trying to reach ducks and chickens!
We need to clear land now that work on the duck cabin has resumed.
The setting for the duck cabin should make Freckles and Penguin very happy. They’ll get plenty of sun in the morning and early afternoon in summer months. But there is also plenty of shade from the hot afternoon sun. In cooler seasons the leaves will be off the trees and they’ll get a lot of light.
The little log marks the spot for the front door of the duck cabin.
The grassy area to the right and coming out a bit will be their play area.
We plan to put in a small pond for the ducks and they’ll also have a “play area” between the cabin and the pond. Until we get the pond ready they’ll have a large kiddie pool in which they can splash around. Ducks don’t actually need to swim. They just have to have water bowls deep enough to submerge their heads. But they love to swim. They’re ducks! And these kids will have both deep bowls and a pool/pond.
The top right of this photo shows the spot the pond will occupy.
Pete has worked ridiculous hours lately but I’m hoping that when we begin digging the foundation he’ll be able to help. Every time I pick up a shovel Mr. Comfortable chases me back into my cabin! I have informed them both I will do something now that work on the duck cabin has resumed. After all, in spite of the fact that I got them for the freezer, the ducks are here because of me. It’s only fair I contribute to their long-term happiness.
And in honor of the fact that work on the Duck Cabin has resumed I’m making duck eggs and bacon for dinner!