Drinking water and swimming water

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

  1. AKnewbie

    AKnewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    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

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    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:

    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.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2012

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