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Getting Ready To Build Duck Run And Pond Would Like To See Some Of Your Ponds And Runs For Ideas smile

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I keep my ducks in a regular old coop, and their run is about 15 x 25 feet, made of hardware cloth on the bottom and heavy chicken wire on the top. For a pond I'm using two 20 gallon black bins that I fill every morning. A lot of people just use kiddie pools. Next spring I am building a pond, using a 5 x 10 foot pond liner. Check out this link for good pond pics.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=320654&p=1

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Not sure how big you need yours to be, but mine is basically for my 2 ducks. I bought a 40 or 45 gallon Rubbermaid Tub from Tractor Supply. It was about $35.

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I love your duck run HottentotTeal, its very nice smile

Im not sure how big my duck run is, but i'll go measure it and take some pics.

Basically i have a square-shaped wooden run  with a large fish pond. Going to put a 'plug' and drain in it so we can clean it easier for the ducks. My coop just has hay on the bottom which is cleaned out when needed (and it keeps the smell down), a little tin roof, a ramp on the inside to a little platform down the far end of the coop with nestboxes (which my duck goes up to lay), and a perch running from the platform along one side of the coop night time.

The side where the worst weather comes from has tall wooden pannels for weather protection, and the other sides wooden til half way and chicken wire til the top. And we got a few pots made for the wall, drilled them into the wood walls and planted red flowers, to make it look nicer and actually have a flower which cannot be destroyed by ducks. tongue

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HottentotTeal, I know this is pretty off topic, since it's the duck forum and not a gardening forum, but what are the lacy, frilly plants in your duck run?  To me, they kind of look like Restios, which are rare, sort of rush or reed like plants native to South Africa, but Restios aren't very common in cultivation in the US.  From the photo, they might also be some kind of horsetail. 

I'd love to know what they are.

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Originally Posted by Denninmi 

HottentotTeal, I know this is pretty off topic, since it's the duck forum and not a gardening forum, but what are the lacy, frilly plants in your duck run?  To me, they kind of look like Restios, which are rare, sort of rush or reed like plants native to South Africa, but Restios aren't very common in cultivation in the US.  From the photo, they might also be some kind of horsetail. 

I'd love to know what they are.


The plant shop i bought them from has a lot of local native species, so whatever their official names are, they are most likely native to Texas or the Southern US.

I believe they are all members of Muhlenbergia, though. (Muhly Grasses)

I have 3 types, maybe 2. I have 3 small Muhly Grass plants. I don't remember their scientific name, but they have very long grass tips that are about 3-4 feet in length. After doing some picture searching, I think they are one of these: Muhlenbergia lindheimeri or muhlenbergia rigens. I think they are the first one, but both names are familiar, so i could be wrong or have some of each.

I have 2 taller plants by the pond, i believe both are the same or very close. 1 looks like a smaller version of the bigger one. Those are also from the Muhlenbergia group I believe,  muhlenbergia dumosa, in particular.
Here is a link to a site that i used to base the larger plant on:
http://www.landcraftenvironment.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LANDCRAFT&Product_Code=MUHL-DUM&Category_Code=0666

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Don't mean to hijack the the thread any further, but I went back and bought one more of the larger plants.

According to the label, it is called Bamboo Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa)

The big ones are about $20 and the smaller ones are about $10.

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our whole lot is also fenced in so they get to come out during the day when we are around.

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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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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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All of the pictured duck ponds are absolutely gorgeous and far greater than my simple solution:  a 300 gallon stock tank with a ramp up to it (and a wildlife escape ramp inside it). 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_p1000438.jpg
(I've since put a wooden ramp over the concrete blocks.)

Escape ramp, not easy to see through the water.  It's expanded metal, painted to withstand rusting.
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Happy Cayuga pair.
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Bottoms Up!
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I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #10 of 13

and u know gryeyes.. ducks dont know the dif, Im sure your ducks  are just as happy or happier than any fancier ponds... they look like they have just what a DUCK wants..
thanks for sharing..

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)
Reply
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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