Drinking water and swimming water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AKnewbie, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. AKnewbie

    AKnewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you keep those separate?
    Do the ducks even drink from a separate drinking container if they have their swimming pool?
    We have a small kiddie pool that holds about 25-30gallons of water and a gallon container of water that is placed in another area in the run.
    I change the water in the gallon container twice a day and for the pool, I dump it out and change water every other day. Water is usually light brown at this point.
    We have 2 ducks.
    Do I need to be switching out the water more often?
     
  2. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say that what you are doing is fine. I more or less do the same - each pen has swimming water plus a container that they can't climb into for drinking (basically it means they have some water that hasn't been pooped in). They drink out of both though. I change both the drinking and swimming water every day in pens with more than two ducks but occasionally I'll skip a day in the pen with two ducks because they don't mess it up too much. For drinking containers I use wall mounted automatic waterers and small plastic tubs. Will post a pic later :)

    Edit: Here are a couple of pics.

    Here's the trough I use for swimming (well, that the ducks use, that is!). It's about 15 gallons:
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    Here are two 'drinking' containers I use (sorry about it being sideways....). The blue one on the wall is about 2 gallons and the white tub is about 3 gallons. The don't get into either of them and even though they do get dirty at least they don't have poop.
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    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012

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