Any good idea for keeping the ducks water from freezing in the winter but also so they don't make t

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by travisman1994, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. travisman1994

    travisman1994 Out Of The Brooder

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    The second one looks like it has a deep pan which is important ducks need to be able to wash out their nares. I'd go for a heated bucket they have them at TSC they work on a thermostat and come on at 35* so energy saving. Ducks really need to be able to dunk their whole heads in their water er what ever it maybe but as far as keeping them clean I don't think any one has a remedy for that. I clean my buckets every evening for the next day I do this every day.
     
  3. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you need to make sure to clean the buckets everyday, but having clear water all day is impossible with ducks. They totally need enough space to dunk their heads in...the ducks will get any water source dirty. They way ducks are is they eat something, then swish it around in the water, putting all kind's of mud and food into the water.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    rocks and sticks too. lol
     
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    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol :p
    no doubt
     
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    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Last winter RURU on the goose thread had a heated bowl sitting in another bowl and you know how messy water fowl are with splashing water out well the heated bowl ended up sitting in water shorted out and electrocuted her goose. Very sad.
     
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    Smurfbrew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, how awful! I was contemplating doing that very thing with my electric bucket, since I was getting tired of scrapping up all of the frozen wood chips around it. Now I most definitely won't! Does anyone have any suggestions for other ways to prevent ice build-up around heated dishes?
     
  9. cariboubug

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    Last winter I built a wire platform (1"x1" wire) large enough to put the heated water bucket on and also for the ducks to come drink around it (approx. 2'x2'). Then I took a lid from a plastic food grade bucket from the grocery store bakery and cut a hole in the center and latched it to the top of the heated bucket (as it did not fit perfectly). My Ancona ducks had a bad habit of trying to climb into the bucket and bathe, so the lid helped with this problem. It was big enough for them to put their whole head and neck down into, but not big enough to climb into (about 4"diameter). The platform allowed the water to drain away and also keep the element on the bottom of the bucket from getting wet. Keeping the area around the bucket dry helped keep the water cleaner longer, as they could not dabble near the water source, but it still got dirty. That's ducks for ya!
    This year I only have Welsh Harlequins, who do NOT try to swim in their bucket, so there is no lid. But, I also have the bucket on a floor of smooth rocks so that they cannot make a mud puddle. However, the water still gets dirty. Ducks are constantly cleaning out their nostrils in the water, and dirt, grass, food, etc., will end up in the bucket. Fresh water daily is necessary.
     
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    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FWIW, with the notched board on the top, they don't splash out much water at all. I have a choice to make, heater water dishes or frozen water, kind of have to use the heated dishes. It was 6 degrees yesterday morning when I went outside.
     

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