duck water !!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stumble_n_mumble, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    my duck makes a mess with the water all the time no mater what. anyone have good ideas for a waterer because i cant take how much she spills on my chickens and on the bedding! [​IMG]
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Sweetie, I am afraid that being messy is just a part of being a duck. It's just what they do so I think perhaps if it bothers you that much you might want to rehome her. I love ducks but have opted not to have them for the same reason. I totally understand [​IMG]
     
  3. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    yeah.... there's no way im giving up and just going to get rid of her .. what a way to give up. i was just asking on a waterer that can help the spillage...
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    You got a good answer-ducks are messy.
    As a rule people who have both chickens & waterfowl don't house them together for that reason.
     
  5. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a small water pan outside. And a one gallon waterer on the inside that I have learned to only fill about maybe one third of the way. I have to take water out to them 2 or 3 times a day now. But guess what? No more water all over anymore! Yay!!

    Hope this helps you out. I know how you feel too, I have 4 of them buggers in the coop. I'm pretty sure the chickens didn't appreciate it any more than I did.
     
  6. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I'm sorry if I offended you. I did not mean to. If you are determind to keep her then perhaps someone has had better luck solving the problem than I did. I tried many different things and just never found a solution for the problem. I think ducks are beautiful and love their sweet personality and lovely large eggs but I could not find a way to solve the sloppy muddy mess all the time. I hope someone else can help you and I wish you luck.
     
  7. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    thanks. they are all inside because they are babies still and im afraid of the 20 degree weather killing them. so its just temporary right now but i have been just giving them food and water about 5 times a day now outside the pen. it would be way easier just to keep the stuff in with them but im afraid of the wet and someone getting sick. [​IMG] there all my pets lol and i guess i gotta do what i gotta do lol
     
  8. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I house my ducks and chickens together in a 4' x 8' coop at night, and yes, the ducks make a total mess of their water. Plus, I do have water in the pen for the ducks all night long (since I'm a lazy, late riser!). My solution has been to place the duck waterer, which is just a plastic livestock feeder pan (about 3" deep and 10 " across) inside a cat littler pan. It doesn't completely eliminate the problem of messy ducks, but it significantly cuts down on the mess.
     
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard of a farmer who always said things like "you gotta work with the duckness of the duck" or the "pigness of the pig".

    Hope you find a solution!
     

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