John Polk wrote:Nice looking setup Nicole.
John Polk wrote:I have seen too many people build duck pens 3-4 feet tall.
They claim that is all the duck needs.
Problem is that you cannot get in to do any maintenance/observation.
(If you cannot get in there, you may not spot a minor problem before it becomes a major problem.)
That hot tub pond is a great idea.
I see free hot tubs on Craigs List almost every week.
Those look like happy
campersquackers in the hot tub.
Toby Hemenway wrote:Nicole, that's a great looking duck house, and I like that the pond feeds plants. If you can get me a photo of the exterior that is more of a close up (not so much wooded background), I can almost certainly get it into the book (which is due Friday, but I can get a little leeway on photos). Any detail shots of the pond watering system would be great. Ducks in any photos are welcome, since they are charismatic cute little critters. If you can manage that, send photos to me at urbanpc (at) patternliteracy dot com.
Thanks! And thanks to all others for their help and interest.
Kim Schmidt wrote:Toby,
I should have some pics for you tomorrow. I know that's a day later than you had hoped for but we'll see what we can get together.
Our duck house isn't unique looking at a glance, but the more I think about it the more I think it might be appropriate for your points. We chose Muscovys particularly because of their foraging ability and ability to take short flights (predator avoidance). We put the duckhouse uphill from a small floodplain area. That area isn't suitable for much without a big investment, but the Muscovys find something to eat no matter what is growing.
I'll post and/or email you some things tomorrow hopefully