I don't have buckets but those 3 gallon rubber bowl looking things from TSC and a bin that is about 3 gallons and about 6" deep. Is this okay?
ETA: And I give them fresh water at least daily and most times twice a day because they mess it up so quickly. Oh yea and they are the call ducks and can barely get into the bin which is why I bought the 3 Gal rubber ones because they are just a little bit shorter than the bin. I plan on getting them a baby pool next Spring...I just got them too late in the year to get them one this year. Hope these are deep enough.
Okay thanks, I am totally new to ducks and I really do appreciate your input, I was getting worried about those two...And one more question...Is the doghouse I have in their pen okay for this winter? It has the rubber flaps but if need be I can probably make a light weight door for it(it's not wood). Am thinking of putting it on the ground and already have shavings in it. Right now it is up on a pallet set on a brick enclosure and they go underneath it to sleep on the ground...Won't go in yet.
Hey cthrash1, do you have any Oxine? You can treat the ducks' water with 1/8 tsp. Oxine per gallon of water, and that will keep down the yuck in their water. Check out Shagbark Bantams website for more info. I got mine from First State Vet Supply. You can also mist the coop with a mixture of this (different dilution), and it helps prevent fungal infections of the respiratory system.
Oxine is a type of chlorine that breaks down into a simple salt. It is very safe for treating drinking water; it kills bacteria, viruses, and protozoa; and it has been used all over the world to clean up water supplies.
Thanks Jen I'll check around here...Don't recall seeing it but wasn't looking either. Can I use this in the water on a continuous basis or is it just for treatment? Can I also use it in the chickens water.
I just do this on an ongoing basis to keep the bacteria count down. This also cuts down on fungal issues, sour crop, etc. If I have respiratory stuff going on, I now mist the inside of the coop at bedtime with a slightly different dilution (6.5 oz. per gallon) I keep in a fine mist spray bottle.
Hope that helps. Feel free to call me if you have any more questions.