Easy DIY Duck or Chicken Teepee

Over the years raising ducks, I've learned that the cold rarely bothers them, but they're not really big fans of wind. I've also noticed that they love to hunker down in the shade of the evergreens that grace our property to nap, safe from aerial predators.


But I don't let the ducks free range all the time, so I decided to make them some teepees out of evergreen boughs for their run. Even though the ducks are completely safe in their covered run, they still feel a sense of security being shielded from view from hawks and eagles that circle overhead. The teepees also make excellent wind blocks through the winter and sunblocks in the summer. Although I made these for our ducks, our chickens will enjoy them as well.
Quick and easy to make - and practically free. Here's what I did.

What you Need
Three or four sturdy branches, maybe four feet long
Evergreen boughs
Strong twine ( I used this)

What you  Do
Gather the branches and secure them with the twine at the top, creating your teepee frame. One by one, attach the evergreen boughs to the frame by winding the twine around the top of each bough and then around a branch, leaving the front open. That's it.  Then set up your teepee in a spot the ducks enjoy congregating, spreading the branch 'legs' so it's stable, and then put some soft bedding inside for them. I used pine needles and dried leaves.

Our ducks were a bit suspicious at first, but soon decided they really liked their new teepees. The chickens have yet to try them out.





Buying source for the twine I used
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1 comment:

  1. A really cute and practical shelter! I will have to build one for my Saxony and magpie ducks. They won't want to go into the barn at night anymore. Thank you!

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