Chickens & a pond?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by somissemilyy, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. somissemilyy

    somissemilyy Songster

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    Do chickens know better than to stay away from a pond?

    Oh yeah, and what happened to chat, anyone know?

    Thankss!! [​IMG]
     

  2. when we free ranged we had ours around a huge pond, more like a small lake, and they did fine. HOWEVER, a couple drowned in the cows' water trough. go figure.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    Like any bird, they do better with a gradual edge than a sharp drop off into deep water.
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    Got 3 ponds and a resivor on our place and never had a problem in 30 years with chickens skinny dippin so far. [​IMG]
     
  5. SparksNV

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    I have a very small pond w/waterfall (my little bit of swamp in the high desert!). No problems with the chickens...but the dogs have been fooled when there is ice...
     

  6. somissemilyy

    somissemilyy Songster

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    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  7. blueberrychickens

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    I had 2, 6 week old chicks jump out of the coop & into my fish pond!!! They were fine, luckily there were alot of plants in the pond to keep them from going under. I did see a video on youtube about a chicken swimming in a pool just like a duck would! I had no idea chickens could swim!
     
  8. jomoncon

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    When my RIRs were about 6 weeks old, I let them free range for the first time. A few of them spied the goldfish in my small pod & thought they'd make a good snack. Luckily, I was watching them & had to rescue 3 of them before they figured it out.
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    Then they discovered the fountain. Whenever it's not running, they love to perch on the edge. I've had to rescue a few from the fountain also.
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    I guess both the fountain & the pond will have to get netting over the top to keep them out.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Nice pond and fountain, Remember Ellie Mae Clampet she had a chicken that could swim...[​IMG]
     

  10. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    We have a large spring fed pond and the chickens never go near it hardly. Although they do love to eat frogs that come into the grass!
     

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