How to Make a Cage for a Duck

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Ducks should not be kept in wire or mesh cages, but in enclosures that allow them enough space to spread their wings. Building a safe enclosure for a duck is essential for its health and safety. Predators love ducks and can often open latches on cages. Adding locks to cages that will keep ducks out of danger at all hours of the day. In the evening, ducks should be housed in a shed with four walls and a roof, however, during the daytime it is important to give them time outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Kennel posts with hardware
  • Gate with hardware
  • Wire fencing: PVC-coated and rust proof if possible.
  • Screw driver or wrench
  • Quick dry concrete
  • Small pool
  • Spray paint
  • Shovel
  • Grass seed, sod or gravel
  • Lock
  • Decide how large the enclosure is going to be. Spray paint the outline of it on the ground.

  • Dig a trench along the spray painted outline. It should be at least 1.5 feet deep. The deeper the trench the more difficult it will be for predators to penetrate the enclosure.

  • Place kennel posts into the ground around the perimeter. The distance between them should be determined by the widths of your horizontal kennel posts. Vertical kennel posts should be at least 10 inches high. Pour quick dry cement down around the posts and wait for it to dry. It's best to perform this step on a dry, sunny day.

  • Lay the bottom kennel posts in the trench and connect them to the vertical posts using the included hardware.

  • Place your second set of horizontal kennel posts along the top of the vertical posts. Connect using the included hardware.

  • Attach wire fencing to the vertical kennel posts. Do this from the inside of the enclosure. Leave space for a gate.

  • Attach the gate using the included hardware.

  • Fill in the ditch around the kennel posts. Plant grass or lay gravel to discourage predators.

  • Place a small pool inside of the enclosure and fill it with water.

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