Duck Kiddie Pools with Private Sun Decks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by katharinad, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    So, I've finally got the decks for the pools build. I've used old 2x6 boards I had laying around, so they don't look that pretty. They work and the ducks don't care. Each pool has one deck and 2 stair cases. It is best to put the stairs next to the pool, because the ducks tend to run along side of the pool to find the stairs. This also allows me to change the configurations anytime. I can put two decks together and put a pool on each side. Or run it singular like the large pool with slide. Each step of the stairs is 3.5" high and they move up and down with ease. I've also shown a picture of the drain assembly. I was going to use a shower drain, but the prices for the whole assembly would have been to expensive. I went for a threaded ball valve with a threaded nibble from inside using two large rubber gaskets on each side of the pool. I can get another piece so I can hook up a garden hose. Drain assembly per pool was under 10 dollars each. Now it takes only a few minutes to drain and it will leave about 3/4 inch water on the button, that is easy to lift and I can hose out the rest. In winter I can just move the pools into storage. The big pool is out in an area with little shade. I've basically got some large 8 foot T-posts and bungeed a shade cloth over it. That freaked them out for one day, because the wind was blowing the shade up and down. Now they love it. The shade coverage of the pool moves with the sun. There is always some shade.
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  2. mamaKate

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    Very nice!
     
  3. LuckyDuck411

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    U did a great job. Those are some lucky duckies!
     
  4. redhen

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  5. Puddle Foot Farm

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    Katharina, those are so great! Your ducks are so lucky. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Show-MeGamebirds

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    Those are great!!! Lucky ducks![​IMG]
    I hope to have ducks someday. Love them....[​IMG]
     
  7. duck walk

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    great set up!!!! I am needing to replace pools very soon...the ones I have are two years old and are getting sort of weak kneed...do yours like the slide...that is all my Wal Mart has right now is the big pools with slides...I have never had one of those...your ducks look so happy...
     
  8. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Yes, they do use and love it. Never thought they would, but I wanted a big deep pool for them. They don't only slide down they also jump in from the top. Crazy ducks. Excuse the dirty water, and the ugly setup for them to get in. The deck is much nicer. They sit on it and preen themselves.
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  9. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    A little warning about the slide pool. It comes with a drainage plug inside of it near the step. First you have to reach into the duck poo water. Second you cant see the darn thing when the water is dirty. Third you need some pliers to pull the plug. Fourth you pull the plug and the dirt below it prevents the water from draining. You have to lift it and put something under it so it will drain. I've decided not to pull the plug anymore and put a ball valve into the side. Works much better.
     
  10. chickboss

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    I love those decks! I may have to steal the design! Hope you don't mind.. [​IMG]
     

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