The Hobbs Cedar Nesting Floating Duck House
Floating Duck House
We have seen a growing interest in all things ‘natural’ and the idea of providing safe, threat-free housing for wild birds in the garden and wild ducks on the pond. The Hobbs incorporates the beauty of cedar planking, with the ‘floatability’ of the duck canopy.
Free-floating duck housing has the advantage over ‘bank fixed’ nests in that it keeps the nest mid water, deterring the fox and other threats to the nesting duck. And for those with pond liners it enables them to provide nesting without fear of piercing that precious liner with a support post.
The Hobbs provides one nesting bay and has an easy cleaning method in that the float has a ‘fixing free’ location for the house, to clean the nest you simply unhook and lift off the canopy, then the entire house will lift away from the floating deck, leaving the old nests fully exposed. Simply scoop the old nest into the trash or other appropriate method of disposal. The Hobbs Cedar Nesting Floating Duck House comes complete with instructions for making your own float*.
Our floating duck houses are made with the same attention to detail and quality found at Forsham Cottage Arks, Goreside Farm, Ashford, Kent, who inspired our American version of this impressive design.
The size shown is about 4 ft wide x 4 ft tall; all hand-made from Cedar. Finish cost on this house is between $500.00 – $1500.00, depending on the cost of wood in your area and labor charges. We do not build these houses, but for you do-it-yourselfers, you can purchase a set of 8.5 x 11 inch plans for $100.00.
Before contacting us regarding purchasing a set of floating duck house plans, please read our Terms of Sale. Anyone placing an order will have to confirm their reading and agreement of these terms.
If after reading the Terms of Sale you are interested in purchasing a set of Hobbs plans for your pond or lake, please go to the How to Order page. After reading through all the terms and ordering information, most of your questions should be answered. However, if you have any further questions, you may email me.
*Expected life span of the float material is 2-5 years, depending on individual usage and water quality. When the material expires, simply replace with blue foam from your local building store.