This step by step diy project is about duck coop plans. This is PART 2 of the duck house project, where I show you how to build the nesting boxes. The duck will appreciate the dedicated space, especially if you lay straws on the bottom. Make sure you check out PART 1 to learn how to build the duck house. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Duck House Nesting Boxes Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 18 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long FRAME
- B – 3 piece of 2×2 lumber – 20″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x21 1/2″ long PARTITION
- E – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 15 3/4″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 23″x21 1/2″ long WALLS
- F – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 24 1/2″x52″ long, 10 sq ft of tar paper, 10 sq ft of asphalt shingles LID
- PART 1: Duck house plans
- PART 2: Duck house nesting boxes plans
Building duck nesting boxes
The first step of the project is to build the two frame for the nesting boxes. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber, using the information from the diagrams. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and check if the corners are square.
Afterwards, assemble the nesting boxes by attaching the rest of the components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 20″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ pocket screws into the two frames. Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are square.
Build the rafters for the nesting boxes using 2×2 lumber. Cut both ends of the rafters a 75 degrees (make 15 degree cuts) and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the frame of the nesting boxes, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
After assembling the the nesting box. you should attach it to the back of the duck house. Drill pilot holes through the framing and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back wall of the duck house. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the joint is rigid.
Attach a plywood panel to the bottom of the nesting box, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock it into place tightly.
Next, attach a piece of T1-11 siding to the front of the nesting box. Align the edges with attention and secure the piece into place with 8d nails.
Cut the two pieces for the sides of the duck nest box and secure them to the wall frames with 8d nails, every 4″ along the structure.
Build the partition for the nest box from 3/4″ plywood and secure it to the frame with 8d nails.
Build the lid for the nesting box from 3/4″ plywood. Center the lid to the nest box, making sure the side overhangs are about 1 1/2″. Next, secure the lid to the duck house with hinges, so you can open it easily and harvest the eggs, or clean the boxes.
Staple tar paper to the lid and then install asphalt shingles from the bottom to the top of the lid.
As you can see in the free plans, the nest box is roomy enough for the duck and it also add an unique appeal to the overall coop. You have an easy access to the the inside of the nests by opening the lid.
Don’t forget to take a look over PART 1 of the project, so you can learn how to build the duck house.
This duck house is a straight forward project and anyone should be able to get the job done in a few days without much effort. If you are new to this site, I also recommend you to take a look over the rest of my plans, as I am sure you can find there something to suit your needs.
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