Here is a wooden spool duck house that is inexpensive and relatively easy to build; my two favorite words! Trying to start a self-sufficient homestead can be cost prohibitive for a lot of people; especially those that are starting with nothing. My wife and I often say it takes a lot of money to be poor. People may read that and think that makes no sense, but in past generations; farms, equipment, tools and knowledge were passed down through the family. People may have been poor, but they were rich in the required basics to be self-sufficient. Someone starting out has to learn the skills and acquire all those items; which takes time and money.
That’s why I love projects like these; they cost next to nothing, are relatively quick to complete and the tools required are very basic.
- misc. wood: sourced from free palettes
- galvanized drywall screws
- “door” hardware: hinges, handle, latch.
- circular saw
- hole saw drill bit (two sizes)
- vise grips
- socket wrench
- paint brush
Below are the basic steps of construction.
1Acquire A Spool
2Disassemble The Spool
4Install The Side Boards
5Fill In The Gaps
6Paint And Finish
So for a small investment you can have a safe and secure home for your ducks. This would even work well for other small farm animals; we personally have even used wire spools for roosting spots for our turkeys.
You can see a more detailed tutorial of the build below.