If your deck or patio is partially covered, drape lengths of fabric or canvas between the joists to create shade. Space out the pieces of fabric for a more transparent look, and add lights to illuminate the space at night.
Great article about keeping bunnies, ducks and chickens in a garden area. i like the idea about using the duck pond water as water for the garden. maybe a drain at the bottom? that would be some awesome fertilizer in the garden!
Building a Chicken Coop - DIY Chicken Coop Cinder Block Waterer Heater - keeps water from freezing in cold weather. Building a chicken coop does not have to be tricky nor does it have to set you back a ton of scratch.