Do they need water?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by yankeedoodle300, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    I know they need water to drink, of course! but do they need it to swim in? i want to get a Buff Duck, to match my flock of buff orp. hens.

    but do they need to swim, all the time? in a small pond or anything like that?

    PS. what Duck lays the most eggs in a week ?

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I don't think they "need" it to swim but they do love to swim and bath. I have always used the kiddie pools that they sell at Wal Mart. It has been working well for months. They love the kiddie pools.
  3. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    I think i will try the kiddie pool, if i get a duck!
  4. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    Apr 16, 2011
    Pinallas Park, Florida
    They dont "need" swimming water but they do need water deep enough for them to stick their heads in. If you are adding ducks to chickens i would suggest 2 ducks. They like to be with their own kind. And i do believe Runners and KC are the best for egg laying.
  5. I have 3 Mallards. They were bought with 4 chicks and raised in a brooder with them. I released the hens to the henhouse and the ducks to the pond where I had built them a new shelter and everything. They did an end run and haven't gone to the pond since (100 yards). They play in a muddy spring and a trash can lid and fly into the chicken pen to visit their friends. I am getting ready to move to another farm about 3 miles (by air), so I don't know if they will find us or not.

  6. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2010
    In the winter my ducks may not get to bath/swim as I am hauling water but they are so happy when they can swim that riwhen the weather is good the mess is worth it (while giving the water through the hose). In the winter I have rubber buckets that they can get their whole head in and when it freezes I can just build an ice hut with the blocks [​IMG]

    I have found I really like my ducks even if I have to haul buckets of water to them!
  7. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    They need the pool to bathe in, at least once a week give them a pool filled so they can clean their whole bodies.
  8. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Nice tips, and what is a " KC " , featherfinder ?
  9. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    I think she means - Khaki Campbell. [​IMG]

    There's a ton of breeds out there for your needs. Like Egg laying breeds, meat breeds, dual purpose breeds, and ornamental breeds.
    Buff Ducks are very pretty! I suggest getting at least 2 or 3 since they love being with their own kind and they will provide you with a lot of eggs!

    Good Luck! [​IMG]

  10. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Oh, Khaki! I should have known! [​IMG]

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