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Duck Pond Help?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by run_trip_fall, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. run_trip_fall

    run_trip_fall Out Of The Brooder

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    I have decided to keep Gypsy and make her my forever ducky! Well now I have a delima, as much as Gypsy loves the inground pool in our back yard shes making it dirty, so time to build her her own home. I need pond ideas and I'm also going to get her a friend eventually any help is appreciated!

    Oh and for all you gushy duckie lovers out there picture of Gypsy on my tummy watching tv with her legs kicked out behind her just loving the attention!
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's ours. Kiddie pool surrounded by pavers. They love it!
     
  3. Tiffrz-N-Kidz

    Tiffrz-N-Kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickensioux -

    Do you have a drain or something? I have a kiddie pool about that size for my 2 ducks and they make it FILTHY is a matter of 2-3 days. When there were 5 it was gross in one day.

    (I love the ruffly one.)

    Thanks,
    Stephanie
     
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  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

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    I use a ball valves from the hardware store. No more lifting of the heavy kiddie pools.
     
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No drain, we just bail and refill......alot!
     
  6. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Katharinad, how do you attach the ball valve through the wall of the pool?
     
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    You can cut it with a utility knife. Best to mark the location and cut slowly. Here are the parts:
    [​IMG] 3/4" x 1" PVC Male Adapter @ $0.77
    [​IMG] 3/4" Threated PVC Ball Valve @ $3.17
    [​IMG]Two #11 O-Rings (3/4") @ 1.97 for 10 pieces

    All pieces are available at Home Depot or other hardware stores. Make sure to cut your hole as tight as possible. Put the Male Adapter with an o-ring inside of the pool, add another o-ring outside and screw on the ball valve. No glue needed. Really simple.

    You can also buy a hose adapter, which you can screw into the outer part of the ball valve. This enables you to connect a garden hose to it, so you can have the dirty water discharge anywhere in the garden.
    [​IMG] 3/4 In. x 3/4 In. MPT x MHT (Male Hose Thread) PVC Hose Thread Adapter @ $0.99

    The prices given are from Home Depot. They do not include sales taxes. Take this list with you to the hardware store and have someone help you. Make sure they all screw together before you leave.

    Remember to fill up your pool once and then mark the location. The pools have the tendency to pull down a little bit. Do not put it in first and then fill the pool only to find out that you are too low and the valve gets pushed up.
     
  8. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hi run_trip_fall.
    Dont know if u read my story on my BYC page.. but I was in EXACTLY the same situation as you are...I know every thing your feeling and going thru as HotRod lived in the house with us,,,!!!! I changed my whole schedule around that duck.... but we do live on a lake and I raised him knowing that his wild instinct would kick in and I did not want to make him stay if he didnt want to...we gave him the option to leave... and (if u read my story lol) he learned to fly and he did leave with other ducks last winter.. Now I have pet calls... your story is soo bittersweet for me to read... it makes me smile and makes me sad but i cant help but read about Gypsy..---HotRod actually changed my life weird lol never knew this duck world exsisted..and know I live and breath it and cant get enough.............so . as for your pond, this is what I did and it works awesome.
    I got this pond at Menards... called the Key Largo... 250 gal.... it has ledges around the edges where I throw treats they can easily eat and they stand and preen .. I pull the drain and its empty in 5 min... rinse with the hose (scrub and bleach once a week) and refill.... I have a hydrant on the right end of the pond.

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  9. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hattiegun, that is lovely!!!!
     
  10. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:thanks chickensioux I really need to take some updated pics ... !!!
    they have toys, blankets here and there . some nesting boxes etc... more cozy / lived in...lol
     

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