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I have this idea in my head... 

as an artist, I tend to only do things that are visually appealing, and so of course these messy ol' ducks are a fun challenge!  
I know the blue kiddie pools work great, but I was thinking they'd be 1) kinda ugly and 2) difficult to lift up/drain when full of water. 


Has anyone used an old clawfoot tub and outfitted the drain in such a way that you can drain the duck tub directly into your desired area (in this case, my vegetable gardens!).  I know that tub would have to be on higher ground than the beds, which is doable I think... I'm picturing some kind of hose welded to the drain pipe that you can plug/unplug and just let flow! Has anyone used a method like this before?

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Haven't used it, but love the idea! The worst part about keeping ducks w/out an actual pond is the pools...all the water just gets dumped into their yard (which is a waste of water) and turn it into a muddy, poopy mess. I may steal this idea and build something similar. Hoping someone who has done this posts. :)

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post #3 of 6

50 Ducks in a Hot Tub has a bathtub set up for the ducks -


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgHdyIMZY6c&list=PLv1Tj9r8cj02uvUcoJ5PZrZEIMImxmu38&index=58

 

He showed how he set it up in a previous video, not sure which one.  If I remember correctly he set up the drain with standard fittings from the hardware store.  His isn't pretty, but you get the idea and watching some happy ducks never hurts :)

 

I have a kiddie pool that my niece donated - it's a smaller one and it's easy to dump if you get the water rocking back and forth first.  The ducks drill in the ground and wash a mouthful of mud in the pool, for hours.  Using something the height of a clawfoot tub should reduce the amount of mud in the water I would think.  It would look gorgeous, until the ducks actually used it :)

 

My set up is all from found/reclaimed/recycled materials so I haven't gone for pretty yet.  The kiddie pool is easy to move when they tear up the ground too much in one area I can relocate it so the ground can recover and I can fill in those ankle breaker holes.

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post #4 of 6

That tub looked really clean - I like the set up - is there a place that is described how the tub was set up and how the water constantly refills?

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Originally Posted by erin_2121 View Post
 

I have this idea in my head... 

as an artist, I tend to only do things that are visually appealing, and so of course these messy ol' ducks are a fun challenge!  
I know the blue kiddie pools work great, but I was thinking they'd be 1) kinda ugly and 2) difficult to lift up/drain when full of water. 


Has anyone used an old clawfoot tub and outfitted the drain in such a way that you can drain the duck tub directly into your desired area (in this case, my vegetable gardens!).  I know that tub would have to be on higher ground than the beds, which is doable I think... I'm picturing some kind of hose welded to the drain pipe that you can plug/unplug and just let flow! Has anyone used a method like this before?


I'm so glad you posted this. I had thought of doing the same. We have a claw foot in our home and I thought it would be cool to find one for use with ducks. I'm also glad you led in with " as an artist...". I was trying to explain this very reasoning to my husband when he questioned why the coop we built had to "be so fancy". I didn't do a very good job advocating my reasoning and plan on stealing that explanation for future use. :lol: I didn't quite articulate it as well as you did and he just thinks I'm a little bit crazy. I think all I could come up with was, if we have to sell the property, I don't want anything to be a possible eyesore that's off-putting to buyers. I will follow this thread to see if anyone who's done it posts! Can't wait to hear all the ideas!

 

edit: I did see something on youtube where a man installed a drain on a kiddie pool and had it raised enough to drain it quickly and I believe he had pvc pipe that extended out enough to direct water to the garden. Sadly, I don't think I bookmarked it.


Edited by katiedarling - 2/26/16 at 2:23pm
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I will send pics - we have one and used it last summer, as the cold water set in the stopper, stopped working and leaked, however this spring we are setting up a filtering system - ducks are super messy
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