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Welcome to our big duck house test 2022. Here we present all the duck houses we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best housing for your ducks.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a duck house.




Summary

  • A duck house ensures that your ducks have a comfortable shelter at night and during the breeding season. During the day, you should offer your ducks ample exercise so that they spend as little time as possible in the house.
  • A basic distinction is made between floating duck houses and land-based duck houses. Both types are available in different sizes and price ranges and can even be built yourself.
  • A land-based duck house is particularly suitable for new duck breeders and those who want to become one. A floating duck house can be very beautiful and also functional under the right conditions, but the implementation is more challenging.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a duck house

What types of duck houses are there?

Basically there are two types of duck houses: The floating duck house and the land-based duck house. The terms duck house, duck pen and poultry house are often used interchangeably.

While the floating duck house is reminiscent of a dog house, the land-based duck house is very similar in appearance to a chicken coop. Many "poultry houses" are equally suitable for ducks, chickens and geese.

You should definitely provide shelter for your ducks at night. Either in a floating duck house on the pond or in a duck house standing on land. You can build these yourself, buy them online or ask local farms. (Image source: unsplash.com / Mike Fox)

Which type of shelter is best for your ducks depends entirely on various factors. There should also be enough space in the duck house for your animals, and the material should be able to withstand wind and weather.

Buy a duck house or build one yourself?

An important question - with a little skill, a duck house can be easily and inexpensively built by yourself. Of course, it is easier to buy a ready-made duck house. Especially if you have no experience in handicrafts, we advise you to buy a duck house.

The material and workmanship must be exactly right so that the shelter can withstand wind and weather later on.

Buy a ready-made duck house and make your own adjustments afterwards. This way you can furnish the house according to your own taste and add your own ideas and functions.

What duck breeds are there and what do I have to consider?

There are many different breeds of ducks and not all of them are suitable as pets in a duck house. Nevertheless, there are some duck species that can be bred very well in your own garden and are basically undemanding and adaptable.

Here you will find a short overview of the common duck breeds that are well suited as pets:

Duck breed Characteristics
Pomeranian duck Require high exercise, large garden necessary
Wart duck Pet form of muscovy duck, well suited for beginners
Domestic duck Grows relatively quickly, cannot fly away due to high weight
Mallard Very adaptable and undemanding, trim wings if necessary

What does a duck house cost?

The price of a duck house varies depending on what size and features you choose. Basically, prices for new products range from 75€ for smaller houses to 200€ for larger duck houses with extensive features such as incubators, folding roof and door lock.

Buying a used duck house (Ebay, farms) can be significantly cheaper, but comes with its own risks: for example, private sellers rarely offer a guarantee on their products and the quality of used items is difficult to assess in advance.

Decision: What types of duck houses are there and which is right for you?

If you want to buy a duck house, there are two alternatives you can choose between:

  • Duck house on land
  • Floating duck house

The functions, care and use of these two variants each bring their own advantages and disadvantages. In the following section we would like to make your decision easier.

What are the features of a land-based duck house and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A land-based duck house is very similar in appearance to a conventional chicken coop. They tend to be significantly larger than floating duck houses and can therefore accommodate more ducks at night.

Another advantage is the ease of cleaning - many houses come with a droppings drawer that can easily be emptied daily.

Depending on the size, a barn on land is also quickly adjustable or can be used as a mobile transport box. In addition, most stalls come with lockable doors, which provide the necessary protection from predators such as foxes or martens.

Advantages
  • Space for many ducks
  • Easy to clean
  • Protection from predators
  • Can be used on the move
Disadvantages
  • Size leads to higher costs
  • Drifting ducks in the evening
  • Self-construction demanding

What are the characteristics of a floating duck house and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The floating duck house is usually placed in the middle of a pond and serves as a shelter for your ducks from there. The floating house offers natural protection against most predators and tends to be cheaper to purchase than the land-based coop.

The duck house can also be easily extended with your own ideas. With wooden pallets and polystyrene panels, for example, the duck house can be improved to include an entrance and splash area.

The floating duck house decorates any pond and, with the right adjustments, can serve as a shelter for your ducks. However, beware of swimming predators such as martens. We recommend it more to experienced duck breeders who already have a coop. (Image source: unsplash.com / Mike Fox)

However, cleaning the floating houses can prove tedious as they have to be brought ashore each time.

Also, floating duck houses usually only hold a few ducks. Nevertheless - with the right arrangements, a floating duck house is without a doubt an eye-catcher for any pond.

Advantages
  • No drifting necessary
  • Eye-catcher for every pond
  • Simple handicraft extensions
  • Natural protection from most predators
Disadvantages
  • Lack of space
  • Tedious cleaning
  • Often no closure
  • Vulnerable to floating predators (e.g. martens)

In summary, we recommend the floating duck house to advanced duck breeders who can make the right adjustments.

The floating duck house also works well as additional accommodation for your animals if you already have a stable on land. If this is your first duck farm, we advise you to buy a conventional poultry house for the garden.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate duck houses

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible duck houses.

The criteria you can use to compare houses include:

  • Dimensions
  • Materials and workmanship
  • Functions and equipment
  • Easy cleaning
  • Assembly

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the duck house are of fundamental importance for your purchase decision. The amount of floor space you need naturally depends on the size of your flock of ducks. In order to ensure species-appropriate housing, we recommend approx. 1/2m² of floor space per duck.

You should also consider in advance whether your ducks will breed and have offspring. In this case, you should already plan for some extra space, we have created a simple overview for you here:

Age Number of chicks Square metres
2 weeks 15-20 1m²
3-5 weeks 10 1m²
6-8 weeks 5 1m²

Larger dimensions lead to a higher price, but we recommend not to save at the wrong end, as species-appropriate husbandry is important.

Material and workmanship

Most duck houses are made of wood with metal workmanship. However, there are also plastic houses. You should pay attention to the workmanship of the roof, a weatherproof coating is a must!

In the case of a land-based duck house, we recommend metal or plastic feet, as these will be in constant contact with mud and droppings.

A duck house made entirely of wood looks nice, but can quickly start to mould due to wind and weather.

Functions and equipment

Basically, all duck houses have the same overriding function: to provide shelter for your ducks at night and during the breeding season. However, providers advertise various functions that are supposed to make this easier.

Here you will find a list of useful functions that should influence your purchase decision:

  • Folding roof: Facilitates access and cleaning
  • Pull-out droppings tray: Facilitates cleaning and hygiene
  • Lockable entrance: Provides protection and keeps ducks in the hen house
  • Incubator: Designed space for brooding
  • Sliding window: Improves air circulation
  • Plastic coop feet

A suitable place for your feed bin is also important.

Ease of cleaning

A nagging issue, but no matter which model you choose, a duck house needs to be cleaned. Basically, a duck house on the water is a bit more difficult to clean, as access is a problem.

A duck house on land, on the other hand, is relatively easy to clean. By the way, a folding roof and a removable droppings tray make the cleaning process much easier!

Assembly

The size and workmanship of duck houses varies greatly. While smaller duck houses often require little assembly work, the building instructions for larger houses may well drive you to despair.

So when buying, look for customer reviews that rate the ease of assembly. In addition, the product description should always include assembly instructions.

If you notice during assembly that certain components are missing that are listed in the instructions or the product description, you should immediately complain to the seller!

Facts worth knowing about the duck house

How do I clean a floating duck house?

Ducks like their house to be clean and above all dry. Our tip: Attach the duck house to the opposite shore with 2 strings instead of to the bottom of the lake. This way you can always adjust the position of the house and easily pull it ashore for cleaning.

You should clean the droppings at least every 2 days, a more thorough cleaning is recommended about 1 time a week. Cleaning should not be neglected, especially in a floating duck house, as the ducks prefer a dry home.

If they are wet, they quickly get cold at night and health problems can occur.

What other animals are suitable for a poultry house?

Basically, a poultry house is not only for ducks, you can also keep chickens and geese there. However, we do not recommend keeping different animals in the same house.

In addition, geese need more space than chickens. Chickens, on the other hand, like to have a perch in their coop.

We recommend that you keep your winged pets in separate coops. Even if they have similar requirements for their coop, the different animals do not get along under one roof in the long run. (Image source: Pixabay.com / seehafershores)

Does my duck house protect against predators?

A barn located on land should definitely have a lockable door. Foxes, martens and rats hunt especially after dusk, so you should always lock your ducks in the hutch towards dusk.

A floating duck house rarely has a lockable door, as it is difficult to lock manually in the middle of the pond. If the pond is large enough, it should provide enough protection from foxes and rats. Martens, however, pose a threat to the ducks even in the water.

Image source: unsplash.com / Mack Fox (MusicFox)

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