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How do you stop your pond freezing over in the winter?

post #1 of 9
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Hi there,
We just recently got 4 black indian runner drakes. (hopefully soon to get ducks too in the near future!)
And our pond keeps freezing over so my husband had to bash it with a stick so the ice would break but most possibly by the morning it'll be frozen for them again. I do have a bowl filled with water if they wanted to clean themselves though.
Any tips most appreciated!
Thanks

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Married, have 5 chickens, 1 cockerel, 5 drakes (4 black indian runners and 1 welsh halequin), 2 cats and a whole load of wildlife birds that come to our garden. Oh and a lost sheep that tends to keep coming onto the farm too!
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post #2 of 9

I don't really know how big your pond is, but they make heaters you can sink down in a small pond or stock tank, that work well.

We bought one of the smaller ones for our 50 gallon stock tank, and it ALWAYS keeps it free of ice.


Edited by aduckstolemyheart - 1/30/11 at 1:42pm
2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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post #3 of 9
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It's quite small, just enough for our 4 drakes. But at the very end of the land, there's a running stream. But it can be quite steep to get to depending on which way to get to it, do drakes mind a running stream?

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post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by lulu786 

Hi there,
We just recently got 4 black indian runner drakes. (hopefully soon to get ducks too in the near future!)
And our pond keeps freezing over so my husband had to bash it with a stick so the ice would break but most possibly by the morning it'll be frozen for them again. I do have a bowl filled with water if they wanted to clean themselves though.
Any tips most appreciated!
Thanks


I guess the question would be how big is your pond.  I have quite a bit of info for keeping horse water unfrozen.  If you can get an ariator out there something to keep the water moving will help.  They also make Pond heaters very much like a water tank heater for horses.  The pond heaters float.  But if this is a big pond I think just giving them something to splash around in at home would be easier to deal with.  You could use a tank heater on that.  Tank heaters come in several varieties Probably the easiest to deal with would be the floating kind.

deb always learning

I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her up.

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deb always learning

I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her up.

Water management discussion   Water management link list 

Coop rebuild  

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post #5 of 9

A good tank or pond heater would probably keep it clear for you. You can get the ones that float, or sink. I chose the sinking kind, so I could clear up more surface space for the ducks to swim, but either one works.

As long as you can run power to it, it would be worth a shot.

2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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2 daughters and a baby on the way!, 1 Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix, 1 Neapolitan Mastiff, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 cats, 2 Pekin ducks, One black Swedish,  a Saxony, 4 Runner ducklings, and an Arabian horse!

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post #6 of 9

If the water is moving, it is less easily frozen. Aerators along with de-icers will do the trick smile

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/pond-supplies/pond-de-icer/ps/c/5163/7660

Thomas
4 Corn Snakes, 8 Kenyan Sand Boas, 2 Rosy Boas, 2 Brazilian Rainbow Boas, 3 Ball Pythons, a ''Buff" Labrador Retriever a Traditional Balinese Cat, a bunch of Tilapia (in the pond), a Parakeet (Budgie), 2 ducks (Golden 300 and Black Swedish, more ducks coming in the spring), a Barred Rock Pullet, a Buff Orpington Pullet, and a CA White Leghorn Pullet from a Grocery Store Egg!
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Thomas
4 Corn Snakes, 8 Kenyan Sand Boas, 2 Rosy Boas, 2 Brazilian Rainbow Boas, 3 Ball Pythons, a ''Buff" Labrador Retriever a Traditional Balinese Cat, a bunch of Tilapia (in the pond), a Parakeet (Budgie), 2 ducks (Golden 300 and Black Swedish, more ducks coming in the spring), a Barred Rock Pullet, a Buff Orpington Pullet, and a CA White Leghorn Pullet from a Grocery Store Egg!
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post #7 of 9
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We now have got a very large tub to put inside a coop for them to swim in big_smile

www.merchantcart.co.uk

Married, have 5 chickens, 1 cockerel, 5 drakes (4 black indian runners and 1 welsh halequin), 2 cats and a whole load of wildlife birds that come to our garden. Oh and a lost sheep that tends to keep coming onto the farm too!
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www.merchantcart.co.uk

Married, have 5 chickens, 1 cockerel, 5 drakes (4 black indian runners and 1 welsh halequin), 2 cats and a whole load of wildlife birds that come to our garden. Oh and a lost sheep that tends to keep coming onto the farm too!
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post #8 of 9

it sinks for more room for the ducks. has a cage for protection.
weve had -20 weather (pen is enclosed for winter) but NO ice at all. They swim ALOT !!



http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43749_tankheater.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43749_im001844.jpg

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 #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Hattiegun 

it sinks for more room for the ducks. has a cage for protection.
weve had -20 weather (pen is enclosed for winter) but NO ice at all. They swim ALOT !!



http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43749_tankheater.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43749_im001844.jpg


thanks for all the info!
Must say thats a beautiful pond area for your ducks!

www.merchantcart.co.uk

Married, have 5 chickens, 1 cockerel, 5 drakes (4 black indian runners and 1 welsh halequin), 2 cats and a whole load of wildlife birds that come to our garden. Oh and a lost sheep that tends to keep coming onto the farm too!
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www.merchantcart.co.uk

Married, have 5 chickens, 1 cockerel, 5 drakes (4 black indian runners and 1 welsh halequin), 2 cats and a whole load of wildlife birds that come to our garden. Oh and a lost sheep that tends to keep coming onto the farm too!
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