Ideas to help clean and reduce smell of duck area? - Page 4
I think I'd research first putting anything into water your flock will drink should be checked out first. I don't think lime is meant to be ingested.
Putting lime in water adjusts the pH but you have to get the right kind of lime. You'd need to test the water in several places in the pond. I don't know if I'd try it, frankly.
Here are two websites I found for "how to keep your duck pond clean." Maybe these will help, and I'm sure there's other sites. I just did a simple Google search. Both say that using barley straw to clean up the pond (although I read one website that said not to use straw, but to use hay).
I can't comment on adding lime to water but I can confirm that adding barley straw to my stock pond got rid of the green algae growing in the water. I didn't add much maybe a handful or so to 70 gallons. The water turned clear in about a day and the sour algae smell disappeared.
I also have 6 big snails in there to keep the side clean.
I'm not having a problem with smell in my duck area but I am considering adding some composting worms to their winter straw mix since i'll be moving the straw out in the spring and putting it in places where we desperately need some organic matter around the property. Anyone try this?
I would not.
I would have a concern about chemically burning the ducks, inside and out, and if you lower the pH too much, nitrogen will become ammonia.
Cycling the water to filter it and add oxygen may help. Adding plants that can take up nutrients (poop) can help.
sounds like a good plan.
Sometimes in midsummer when the swim pan area is a little whiffy, I add dry oak leaves - works really well to tone down the aroma.