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Kiddie pool upgrade

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Hello everyone! I have three ducks that are getting to big for the small container I have for them to splash around in. I was wondering how many of you that use kiddie pools had a noticeable increase in your water bill from refilling it up every few days. Also, would using pea gravel in their pen and yard help with the mess they make in the water? I have nipple waterers in the yard, a rubbermaid tote for splashing in, a hanging waterer in their coop and a 5 gallon dog waterer next to their food. I have to change out all water daily.

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I can't comment on water bill increases because we're on a well.  Only the tiny population in the town  has "city water" and sewer.


I use a doggie pool (like a kiddie pool but smaller diameter and not as deep), a 70 gallon rubbermaid tank, a 50 gallon rubbermaid tank, a 8 qt dabbling bowl and a many quart  bowl.


I refill the quart bowls twice daily.  The rubbermaid tanks get changed when either 1)  the water smells, 2) the water is green or 3) the water is no longer see through.


The doggie pool gets refilled when it is no longer see through or when the ducks splash too much water out.   It's just barely deeper than their legs are long. Some times that means its changed daily but usually I can get a few days out of it.


I reuse all that water to water the yard, plants,garden, trees, etc.


I raised my ducklings inside and while they were little I noticed that they wasted less water and made less water mess the more  water options I gave them. When they were growing up I had1 water pan  for dabbling/splashing for each duckling plus 1  for flock games plus 1 that was only able to be used for drinking.

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Tha ks for your reply. Someone on a local facebook group posted about aquaponics for a duck pond and I think this is the way I am going to go.
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