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Hey everyone!
My family and I are living in Florida with 3 dogs and now 2 Ducks!

My daughter randomly said "I want to hatch some eggs" last year in October.... So I thought, why not

We were lucky enough to get some egg from a friend of our who aalready had some welsh harlequin ducks. Made a homemade incubator and 25 days later, 2 of them made the cut and were still kicking. On day 29, out hatched 2 baby ducks on Dec 3 2015. 1 male and 1 female. What an experience and I'm glad the build up of anxiety and fighting off the temptation of trying to help them out of their shell on day 28 is over.... We now have 2 happy ducks that are almost 3 months old. I joined to share my experience and to share my duck pond experience now that I finally have a 125 gal duck pond that naturally filters itself with a bio filter and pool pump. To my surprise, the water is still perfectly clear after running for a month without the need for any water changes, only top off every couple days. And there's actually surviving Gold fish that I put in their 2 weeks ago still swimming around in the bottom!

Hi proteinjunkie,  welcome to BYC!!

 

It sounds like we're in a similar situation - raising 2 ducklings as a result of our daughters' requests!!  We too made a home incubator, but unfortunately didn't have the success that you did.  You can see the beginning of our duckling journey here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069689/developing-duck-egg-has-air-sac-at-wrong-end

 

We now have Daisy (a Welsh Harlequin) and Arlo (a Magpie Duck) who are exactly 8 weeks old today. Raising them has been a really fascinating, joyful (and sometimes challenging) experience - and it's safe to say that the whole family is now slightly duck-obsessed!!  You can see some of the questions we've had here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch/?search=&advanced=1&sort=lastupdate&order=descending&type=35&createdbyuserid[]=392837

 

And a video of our babies when they were 6 weeks old here: 

 

 

 

I'm interested in your pool.  We too have a homemade pool for our ducks (not as beautiful looking as yours!) and I'm just thinking about using a pump and filter to keep it clean.  How exactly does yours work?


Edited by kiwichiks - 2/29/16 at 10:33am
post #12 of 15

@kiwichicks great video! I loved the underwater part showing them dive for their snack. Thank you!

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post #13 of 15
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@kiwichicks great video! I loved the underwater part showing them dive for their snack. Thank you!

Thanks!  It was my son's first effort at video editing.  Glad you enjoyed it :)

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Awesome, great video!
I posted some detailed info on this link regarding my pond, bio filter, etc. I'll be happy to answer any additional questions the best I can. My next project is to add an additional pump to flow water through some angled pvc with net pots to grow veggies.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/320654/duck-pond-pool-pictures/450#pagination
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