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Building a pond for ducks.

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I am in the planning process of getting ducks. I only want like 3 so nothing big here.

How deep should the pond be?

Do I have to build steps to get out of the pond? or can it have straight sides to it.

I guess how big should it be for 3 ducks, unknown varitity at this time.

I am good at plumbing so I could come up with a way to circulate the water.

5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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post #2 of 22

We built our pond for 4 ducks about 10 feet in around and 2-1/2 to 3 feet deep. We picked up a pool liner from wallyworld on clearance for 12.00 and used that. We kept the water about 3 inches from the top so they could just stroll in and had one side that was a gradual slope that they could walk out. Nothing fancy to say the least and we just used a sump pump to clean it out cause we didnt hook up any plumbing to it. They loved it and that is all that mattered tongue

wife to the most amazing husband the good lord made, mother to a teenage son and teenage daughter *sigh* and step mom to another  teenage daughter *double sigh*. 2 siberian huskys and 2 parakeets. 12 runner ducks who are to cute to describe
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wife to the most amazing husband the good lord made, mother to a teenage son and teenage daughter *sigh* and step mom to another  teenage daughter *double sigh*. 2 siberian huskys and 2 parakeets. 12 runner ducks who are to cute to describe
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post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

I was looking at using one of those preformed ponds or a cement mixer trough thing. But was conserned whether they would be able to get back out with out a ramp or a step of some kind.

5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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post #4 of 22

put flat rocks or cinder blocks in the pond for them to step up on and get out of the pond...smile

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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post #5 of 22

How do you plan to drain your pond? The water will need to be replaced weekly. Pumping it out gets old quick. A gravity drain is probably the easiest way to go, unless someone knows of a better way.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

I have a old sump pump I dont use anymore that would work.

5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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post #7 of 22

I'm trying to get into ducks. Last year I dug a small pool approx. 8'X4'X2'. I bought a rubber liner off EBAY. It worked fine but it didn't have a drain. Pumping out the water every weekend was dirty (full of bird poo) and a pain in the butt. I built a new pool last fall. It's not totally complete yet. I'll try to take some pics tomorrow if it's not raining. It has a gravity drain and should work a lot better.

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

If I can get a deep enough hole I was offered an old plastic water trough for horses. It would be a nice pond but unless I can bury it there would be no way for them to get into it.

5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
Reply
5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by ridgefire 

If I can get a deep enough hole I was offered an old plastic water trough for horses. It would be a nice pond but unless I can bury it there would be no way for them to get into it.


Wonder if you could build a little ramp they could use to get into it and some cinder blocks inside the tank so they could get out??

Citygirl loving country living with DH and my 3 children!  It's our own little "farm" on 2acres in Eastern Nebraska.  1 quarter horses-Skipper, Jack our Black Lab, Lucy grey farm cat,4 kittens, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks & a pair of Sebbies!
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Citygirl loving country living with DH and my 3 children!  It's our own little "farm" on 2acres in Eastern Nebraska.  1 quarter horses-Skipper, Jack our Black Lab, Lucy grey farm cat,4 kittens, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks & a pair of Sebbies!
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgefire 

If I can get a deep enough hole I was offered an old plastic water trough for horses. It would be a nice pond but unless I can bury it there would be no way for them to get into it.


I use 2 water troughs, one for them to wade in and the other for a gravel filter. But I still have to change water once a day. In warmer weather I change it twice a day.

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