Chickens by the Pond

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DmCrawlz, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. DmCrawlz

    DmCrawlz Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2015
    We have just extended our chicken pen so that our 15 chickens have access down to our 1/4 acre pond. I remember hearing once that you should be careful placing chickens next to a pond because the nitrogen in their waste can kill off your fish. Any thoughts on this? It is a fairly large pond full of bass, catfish and pan fish. I'm sure it is one of those "in moderation" situations...but at what point is it too much nitrogen for the pond?
    Thanks for you input
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    With 15 chickens and a ¼ acre pond, the fish in the pond are pooping a lot more than the chickens, even if all the chicken poop went in the water, which it will not. Do not worry about the chicken poop killing off your fish.
  3. seanengler

    seanengler Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2010
    Central Coast, CA
    I would tend to agree with this, I've kept aquariums for years and I just can't see the chickens having that big of an effect on your levels in the water.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees on the nitrogen being a non-issue....unless the chickens area is bare of vegetation and heavy rain washed a lot into the pond all at once, you could get an algae bloom. Especially if the pond is very shallow, bare of vegetation and stagnant.

    I'd be more worried about the birds being scared into the water and not being able to swim out.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2016
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Chickens don't do well in water! I wouldn't have them at the pond. How well are they fenced from predators there? Eating frogs, snails, and crayfish will bring unwelcome internal parasites too. Mary
  6. DmCrawlz

    DmCrawlz Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2015
    Thanks, that was the answer I was looking for...from a fish expert. [​IMG]

    I am not worried about the chickens falling in the water. I never thought of parasites, but I'm not too concerned about it.

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