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Does anyone have any good resources on building a duck pond? I can't seem to find much online. I just need some basic info, like perhaps: size per # of ducks, lining options, cleaning requirements, safe fish and plants, etc.

Any info will be appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 8

Wifezilla is the person I consider the duck pond expert.  Take a look at some of her posts - the search can help you.  I would try Wifezilla pond as the keywords.

"stable families living peaceful lives in prosperity and physical security while free to pursue our own spiritual or religious beliefs. Adequate nutritious food and clean water. …  balanced lives with time for family, friends and community .... All to be ensured, ... on a foundation of regenerating soils and biologically diverse communities on Earth’s land and in her rivers, lakes and oceans."...

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"stable families living peaceful lives in prosperity and physical security while free to pursue our own spiritual or religious beliefs. Adequate nutritious food and clean water. …  balanced lives with time for family, friends and community .... All to be ensured, ... on a foundation of regenerating soils and biologically diverse communities on Earth’s land and in her rivers, lakes and oceans."...

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post #3 of 8

I only have two ducks and mine use my garden pond.  It is hand dug and about 4 feet deep and 8' by 8' (not a perfect square but that's the general dimensions).  It is lined with the liner you buy at any hardware store for the purpose of using in a garden pond.  It' is currently 12 years old and still not a leak.  I built a plant shelf around it and I have a stone sitting on one side to help the ducks get out so they don't use their claws.
As far as plants, if they eat any of mine it's so little I don't even notice.  I have cattail, water iris, some other iris and also add water cabbage and some plant from Africa in the summer.
I have regular koi and goldfish and again if they have ever eaten one I have never noticed.
I do have a water filter at the bottom (along with my uv filter on the outside) that needs to be cleaned about evry two weeks or so especially when the ducks go into molt but it takes all of about 20 minutes.  I added the bottom filter simply because of the ducks to help catch the poo and their feathers.
I would say the pond holds 2000 gallons of water.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=188795


I
hope to do something like this, for easy draining.. hopefully no filter/pumps just dump it
out and clean and refill --   stones around the edge and some plants.. Oh Wifezilla's is on
this thread tooo.... I am starting mine in a week  or so.


Edited by Hattiegun - 3/26/10 at 11:28am
1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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post #5 of 8

Watching this thread with you....havent looked at wifezillas posts again but will be. I am thinking of picking up a free hot tub for a pond...

18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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Scooter - what kind of filter do you have at the bottom? I am thinking that I am not going to be able to get away without one.

Building my backyard farm. Husband thinks I'm crazy, but toddler thinks its awesome!
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Building my backyard farm. Husband thinks I'm crazy, but toddler thinks its awesome!
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post #7 of 8

Man, if you plan a pond, be aware that if you DON'T have filtration, it will become a mosquito heaven!  I have a small kiddie pool for my quacks and have to empty it every few weeks. Ducks are messy!  The nice clean water becomes scummy in less than a week!

Not to mention that it attracts other items like, snakes, frogs, critters........

Ladies, please. Let's not lose our heads! PROTECT THE FLOCK!
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Gas in the Truck, food in the frig, hay in the barn, eggs in the nest....Life is GOOD!
Check out: http://www.thebigskyranch.com or http://thebigskyranch.blogspot.com/
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Ladies, please. Let's not lose our heads! PROTECT THE FLOCK!
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Gas in the Truck, food in the frig, hay in the barn, eggs in the nest....Life is GOOD!
Check out: http://www.thebigskyranch.com or http://thebigskyranch.blogspot.com/
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post #8 of 8

Hi all. I need to update my link, but the pond info is in my sig. I already have a crop of daikon radishes growing in one of the planters. The ducks don't have full time access anymore due to the stupid hawk, but a couple of times I week I let them in to play.


Edited by Wifezilla - 3/28/10 at 1:24pm
7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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