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i was wondering if my ducks can swim(once in a while)..in my pool...or will the chlorine harm them?...i wonder if it would keep lice and mites off them?...thanks..Wendy

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post #2 of 15

Not sure if the ducks can swim in your pool, but after the ducks, would you want to swim in your pool?

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post #3 of 15

It will keep your pool cleaner working over time....

AND if people are using that pool, you better make sure your chlorine levels are topped out after the ducks are swimming around in there.  Serious E-coli and salmonella risk, anyone?

Having had a pool for years, and having to deal with chemical imbalance and cleaning/skimmers, etc, I wouldn't do it.

Doubtful that it would harm the ducks though - they may have a little upset stomach if they swallow a LOT of the water, but nothing long term if it's just a short swim.  I think the people would be in greater danger from too little chemical/chlorine than from the ducks getting too much.


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post #5 of 15

i brought my ducklings and my goslings in my pool to swim with me lol lol. They would follow me around and if i dove under they would . It was only fr about 5 minutes

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post #6 of 15
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ROFL...lau..very good question...lol....well maybe AFTER it was cleaned again...lol..Wendy

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Originally Posted by redhen 

i was wondering if my ducks can swim(once in a while)..in my pool...or will the chlorine harm them?...i wonder if it would keep lice and mites off them?...thanks..Wendy


If they are grown ducks and geese, I think you can get away with the occasional dip in the pool. I wouldn't do it for very long and not for very often, you do not want them to drink large quantities of chlorine. I think if you wanted to swim with your duckies for a few minutes it would be fine. I would keep it to a few minutes though, the ducks wouldn't know not to drink or snort the chlorine water.

If you notice any adverse side effects after the first dip, you should know that it may not be the best idea.

Maybe someone else has a better answer.

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post #8 of 15

My brother raised 5 mallerds in his backyard swimming pool. they shared it with 2 rottwheilers - I don't think many humans used the pool that summer but the animals enjoyed it with no ill effects. The cleaning equipment was working overtime!

post #9 of 15
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yeah...thats what i was figuring..to clean it very well after...extra shock or chlorine...but it wont make them sick or anything?..wendy

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post #10 of 15

I don't know about domestic ducks and geese, but our wild ones would swim on the pool cover in the spring. When it was removed and the pool ready for human swimming, the wild ones wanted nothing more to do with it.

I think they knew chlorine was a bad thing for them.

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