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Can ducks be raised without a water pond?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jmc, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Is it possible to raise Khaki Campells without a water pond for them to swim in?

    I imagine they might like a 'kiddie type pool' to bathe in? But that ain't a pond.

    I know they were built for water, as their webbed feet give them away, but..........

    I think they can be, but I'd just like some thoughts from you all.
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    my kaki's and pekins all swim in a kiddie pool, and in puddles when we get a good rain! You just have to be sure to dump the water out regularly to keep it clean, cause the first thing they do when they get in the water is poop!!
    You can get more than one pool, we have a few smaller ones cause it is easier to dump out.
    the water makes good fertilizer for a garden also!
  3. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    When I provide my mallards with a kiddie pool they do not even bother going to the deeper bigger hole in the creek.
  4. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA

    Now that's a quick reply. thank you kindly.

    Neat about the water as fertilizer thing.

    Thinking about a few Kkakis for eggs; Know nothing about housing as of yet. Just started thinking about it. But I think we want to try this. I have a 36 x 36 foot run (1296 sq. ft.) for 7 chickens. Would it be possible to set up housing for 3-5 Campbells in there, too?

    Clean out the water maybe 2ce per week maybe--or as common sense tells you, I s'pose.

    Of course in MA here, they'd be without their water pool for late fall and into March. But I guess they'd survive.

    Any thoughts?
  5. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    I usually clean out a wading pool at least twice per day. 4 ducks can have the water black within an hour or two. Some people go a few days I suppose but if the water is black I change it.Your run has plenty of space. How big is your coop?

    Mine don't always have swimming water.
  6. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA

    Thank you, also!

    I don't even have a coop for ducks yet. Actually don't even know what they'd need. But I would obviously research this in appropriate time as as to be prepared.
  7. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I always see people only using wadding pools and such so far. I met one breeder who just uses wading pools.
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    My neighbor found me a rectangular Step 2 kiddy pool that has a plug in the side. The ducks & geese love it.
  9. chickensandmore

    chickensandmore Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Spiro Ok
    an old bath tub works good also, just dig a hole to size then a little deeper add some rock for drainage, A plug in the bottom with a chain, and you are all set to keep it as clean as you like..you might add some bigger rocks in the tub so that they can get out easy..

    Don [​IMG]
  10. Bex

    Bex Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    We have 1 kiddie pool though we used to have two before we decided to dig a hole in the ground and put down pond rubber. The hole in the ground is not very large - only slightly bigger than a large child's pool. They actually prefer the smaller pool, lol.

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