Duck/chicken water question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ihavechicks, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. ihavechicks

    ihavechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best type of waterer for a mixed flock. My ducks keep emptying the water containers and my chickens have nothing to drink. The ducks have 2 pools that they love but they still drain the chicken waterers. Any suggestions would be great. This is my first summer with both.
     
  2. HumbleHen207

    HumbleHen207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I struggled with this for a long time, the ducks were muddying up every water source in sight and causing my chickens to become ill. I would say you have two options;
    Converting to nipple style watering systems for your chickens and providing a pool or bowl for your ducks. This prevents the ducks from emptying and soiling every water source available. You can purchase kits or pre-made nipple watering systems over the internet for relatively inexspensive.
    The method I use however prevents you from needing to go out and purchase an entire new set of watering systems. It came to my attention that ducks do not fly or perch well unless you have muscovys. So I set up a system that raises my 5 gallon basin waterer off the ground high enough so the ducks cannot reach it, but low enough for the chickens to jump up and land on the platform and drink. For the ducks I provide a kiddie pool on the ground, sometimes the chickens still drink from it, but at least they have the option of a cleaner source of water.
     
  3. Pocahontas7799

    Pocahontas7799 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with humblehen. Raising them is a great idea if you don't want to replace them. You can do the perching idea or hang them off a home made tripod. I did this with my last flock (not because of ducks) and it kept them much cleaner from flying dirt from them scratching or chicks walking in it ect.
     

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