Ducks and Geese need housing of varying sorts dependent upon the method kept. This can range from a barn for loads of meat birds to cute 'Duckingham palace' or floating house for a pair of Calls. They all will have one major factor ... how you clean them as ducks or geese firing liquid poop requires different housing to tidier chickens that you can sweep the droppings and shavings up.
Rule 1. Does the house have a flat surface for cleaning /sweeping/hosing or sweet little nest boxes and barriers. If keeping more than Call Ducks in the back garden resist if you answered no to this as cleaning with a dustpan brush just isn't going to happen and the cute interior rooms are done to sell to humans not for ducks private sex lives.
Rule 2. Can they get out of the door easily as many pop holes on hen houses are pretty useless for Geese/ Muscovy and even Runners but the video will make a mint on Youtube
Rule 3.Is it cute , cheap and made from nice softwood in China or the far east. . . check with a key or fingernail if it marks it is softwood. After a few seasons it is disintegrated scrap and false economy. If roofing felt is glued down with geese they love playing tear the roof off if not beaten by bad weather first. ie You get what you pay for.
Rule 4. Divide cost by years of use and the modern recycled products based ones are now a b good buy.As are uk built better wooden ones but remember to treat inside once before adding birds or assembling as this will discourage mites. In future years very hot water plus jeyes fluid ( use goggles 'gloves etc) or hot water and bleach on the floor will keep it bug free. Do in summer or on a fine day prop open to dry then re treat the wood, allow to dry again and the smell to disipate then put birds back for bed time
I bought the Kitson / Solway recycling ones as they have a pop hole PLUS a large duck/goose sized door at the other end. Bad news they add a hanging nest box ( used for pellets for supper in my case) and a removeable perch bar ( used to prop door open). I personally use them on the earth in summer and on a pallet in winter as most breeds will do one step. The pic below ( added soon) is over 10 years old and I found that if the pop hole is changed for a sheet of weldmesh in summer it is brilliant. . . no mites, no cleaning as I simply burn the pallet in Spring and add hay if very cold
Small Kitson/Solway duck house
Smallest Solway recycling coop. . . made from recycled farm plastic and drinks bottles, any colour, reversible , UV proof etc so will not go brittle and crack minus point costs as pretty much hand made. . . do not bother with the floor if for ducks either add a pallet or smaller mesh of your own. Never get the run as better to make your own with weldmesh sheet . Simply tie the corners of weldmesh and move/ re assemble where needed without a bad back from lifting a fixed run or get a removeable run if for a tiny garden
Alternative garden shed from most suppliers such as B&Q if a shelf is added above the birds then it can be used to store shavings/food etc and is still cheaper than the cute house online