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Building a pond for ducks.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ridgefire, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the planning process of getting ducks. I only want like 3 so nothing big here.

    How deep should the pond be?

    Do I have to build steps to get out of the pond? or can it have straight sides to it.

    I guess how big should it be for 3 ducks, unknown varitity at this time.

    I am good at plumbing so I could come up with a way to circulate the water.
     
  2. duckielove

    duckielove Out Of The Brooder

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    We built our pond for 4 ducks about 10 feet in around and 2-1/2 to 3 feet deep. We picked up a pool liner from wallyworld on clearance for 12.00 and used that. We kept the water about 3 inches from the top so they could just stroll in and had one side that was a gradual slope that they could walk out. Nothing fancy to say the least and we just used a sump pump to clean it out cause we didnt hook up any plumbing to it. They loved it and that is all that mattered [​IMG]
     
  3. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking at using one of those preformed ponds or a cement mixer trough thing. But was conserned whether they would be able to get back out with out a ramp or a step of some kind.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    put flat rocks or cinder blocks in the pond for them to step up on and get out of the pond...[​IMG]
     
  5. rlhbond

    rlhbond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you plan to drain your pond? The water will need to be replaced weekly. Pumping it out gets old quick. A gravity drain is probably the easiest way to go, unless someone knows of a better way.
     
  6. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a old sump pump I dont use anymore that would work.
     
  7. rlhbond

    rlhbond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to get into ducks. Last year I dug a small pool approx. 8'X4'X2'. I bought a rubber liner off EBAY. It worked fine but it didn't have a drain. Pumping out the water every weekend was dirty (full of bird poo) and a pain in the butt. I built a new pool last fall. It's not totally complete yet. I'll try to take some pics tomorrow if it's not raining. It has a gravity drain and should work a lot better.
     
  8. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I can get a deep enough hole I was offered an old plastic water trough for horses. It would be a nice pond but unless I can bury it there would be no way for them to get into it.
     
  9. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wonder if you could build a little ramp they could use to get into it and some cinder blocks inside the tank so they could get out??
     
  10. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I use 2 water troughs, one for them to wade in and the other for a gravel filter. But I still have to change water once a day. In warmer weather I change it twice a day.
     

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