Floating Duck House
We had a male and female mallard duck nest near our pond this year. We were so excited that they laid their eggs in the bog and we were awaiting the arrival of the ducklings. Unfortunately, we were not the only residents excited about the duck eggs. Something smashed and ate them during the night. The kids were disappointed, but they know that is part of nature and that the animal that ate them needed to eat too. But we came up with a solution that will hopefully increase our chances of ducklings in the future.
We made a floating duck house out of a reclaimed wood pallet, an old wooden shipping crate and some pool noodles. Here’s how you can make one too.
Start with a nice lightweight pallet . (All pallets are different we chose one that was lighter than most)
Cut pool noodles to the length of the pallet and slide them in between the pallet layers
Fill in the gaps around the pool noodles with spray foam insulation
Allow the insulation to dry completely (about 20 minute)
Cut a door into the wooden box crate
Nail the box crate to the top of the pallet.
Paint the whole thing with a nice coat of outdoor primer
Then Paint it a natural color, we used brown
Put some hay or wood shavings inside the house
We then floated it out into the pond, we attached ropes with cinder block on them to keep it anchored in place.
Here are some other examples I have found that handy people made:
Don’t want to build your own, you can buy this one here