Ducks & water quality

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by blenderbender, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. blenderbender

    blenderbender Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently added 2 Indian Runners to my garden for pest help. I'm a first time duck owner so I know little other than what I've been researching online. My question is this.... my garden is in a low spot and in order to keep excess rain water from flowing through the middle of it I've ditched around it's perimeter. The water collects in a low corner and the ducks spend a considerable amount of time messing about in it. They drill into the mud walls, constantly looking for whatever and doing whatever it is that ducks do. I don't have a clue but they're fun to watch. The water which would otherwise be stagnant if it weren't for their constant mucking about in it, is looking pretty ugly. I wouldn't say "foul" but it ain't pretty. Are the ducks in any danger here, are they fouling their own "pond" to the degree it could be harmful? Thanks for any input!

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  2. apricotvalleywf

    apricotvalleywf Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will make that area pretty toxic pretty quickly if it never dries out. Ducks are pretty tough but I would try to keep the area as clean as possible or add extra water to dilute. You will NOT stop them from getting into that water though :)
     
  3. blenderbender

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    Thanks.... those were my thoughts too not knowing any different. I pumped it out yesterday just before a big storm so it's filled back up again with fresh water. It'll be a chore trying to keep it cleaned I can tell.
     
  4. theatlantic88

    theatlantic88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Tell me about it! We do it with 60 runners daily :)
     
  5. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah...I have 2 Runners also and they love any and all water...puddles, sprinklers, their kiddie pool...anywhere water has collected in portions deep enough for them to dabble their bills in...just be careful because their "drilling" can be destructive too...ducks sure are a hoot though [​IMG]
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Does it ever dry out? you could flush it now and again but frankly i don't worry much about that stuff.. my ducks love to puddle through low laying waters.. even the babies will do so.
     
  7. blenderbender

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    I wonder what they are drilling for..... insects? They're like woodpeckers in mud!


    It will dry out if it ever stops raining [​IMG]
     
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay so then it does dry out then i wouldn't worry to much, i have areas like that too. they drill for grit, insects etc... totally natural, normal behaviour and starts really young too. [​IMG]
     
  9. blondiebee181

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    Yep...what Going Quackers said.
     
  10. blenderbender

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    Thanks folks.... appreciate the feedback. On another note, I'm not clear on what they're cold temp limits are. I'm in western Pennsylvania. Guess I should search first and then start another thread. [​IMG]
     

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