coops and pools

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by stillmecle, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. stillmecle

    stillmecle Songster

    Aug 26, 2011
    Des Moines, IA
    Where does everybody put the kiddie pools for your ducks, if you use one. Do you put it in the area where your coop is or outside of it? I use a dog pen to keep my ducks in when I leave so predators don't get them and their coop is attached to the ouside of that pen. I put their pool inside that are put they are pigs in their. I also have an area outside of the pen where they can roam free. Should I put their pool out there?

  2. kiweed

    kiweed Songster

    May 9, 2011
    Murfreesboro TN
    I have my 2 ducks in a 10x10 coy pond. They spend all day either in it or laying on the side if it. Just before dark they head for the duck house. (old dog house with a wire door). I lock them up at night. I put their food out beside the pond during the day. And move it when they go inside. I would Put it inside.
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Try a cement mixing pan in the run, kiddie pool in the yard for when you let them out. A gravel base will keep the area around the swim spot somewhat cleaner.
  4. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    I have pea gravel in the run and the pool sits on top of it. They don't care about swimming when I let them out, too much foraging going on. Different story after a rain though... then is all about who can make the biggest mud pit.

  5. WalkerH

    WalkerH Songster

    Right now it is in the garden since it isn't in use. Now sure what I'll do next spring to prevent mudding. Thinking I might put is on a platform so grass can still grow.
  6. stillmecle

    stillmecle Songster

    Aug 26, 2011
    Des Moines, IA
    When I put my ducks away at night, I put the two girs in the house and leave the drake in tbe pen with somw straw. The problem having the pool in the pen is that they stay in it all tbe time. Before I started putting the girls up, they would stay in the pool all night. I don't put the drake in tje bouse because of the eggs. Once they are done and it is cold out I will put all three in the house. I will take pics and pkst them tomorrow
  7. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I have 3 pools.. one is in the dog run and the other two are in the area of where the coop is... actually the dog run is just literately around the corner from the coop but not attached.. the pen is a big old mud floor now.. but there not locked in the pen except at dusk... then later moved into the coop for night time.

    The other pools are on grass and will probably always maintain that... works better if the pools are not in a confined smaller area, mine all love to splash/dive so the water ends up out of the pool eventually.

  8. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    My ducks free range. They visit their kiddie pool several times per day, and sometimes nap beside it. Honestly, it would be good if I dumped and refilled it at least 3 times per day. They absolutely RUN to their pool first thing every morning when I let them out of their house.

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