Ducks without a pond?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by adobechicks, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. adobechicks

    adobechicks In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2012
    I really would like to get some ducks. We don't have a pond or irrigation. We actually live in the adobe area. Is a small plastic swimming pool enough?

  2. Sapokanikan

    Sapokanikan In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2012
    Many people use the plastic swimming pools with success. You can raise ducks without water, but they are much happier with water.
  3. adobechicks

    adobechicks In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2012
    Is a pool the same as a pond or stream? Will they enjoy it the same?
  4. Mum

    Mum Songster

    Dec 23, 2011
    Yes, they would enjoy it.
  5. adobechicks

    adobechicks In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2012
    Great! Thanks!!! That seems easy enough.
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    They don't care what the water is in. They will have fun in ANY water, puddles included.

    We had a hard rain the other day and my ducks were playing in the river running down a small slope. One sat down and floated down the little slope for a few feet. Happy as a, well, duck in water LOL
  7. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    My runner won't go near my pond. He does, however, love the plastic kiddie pool I put out in the summer. in the winter I only have a heated dog bowl for water (he lives with chickens) so on sunny days I fill up a rubber "horse dish" with water so he can do his duck thing.

    So I guess my answer is yes, they seem to do fine with a kiddie pool. Just try to get one of the bigger deeper ones and not the baby ones that are only 4" deep.

  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    A kiddy pool will absolutely do and will be easier to maintain, ponds can be wonderful BUT they need to be healthy ones and dangers of snappers and other predators sometimes make a pond less desirable.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Ducks can be quite happy with a water-filled dish pan, actually. Honest! However, they're ecstatic with kiddie pools. I have two, one of which is one of those turtle sand-boxes, without the lid.

    But I also have a 300 gallon stock tank as a "pond" for them and my pair of geese. They can swim under water in it, bob down and go bottoms-up, and they are very happy in it. It belongs to the geese, but the ducks use it when the geese are off wandering elsewhere on the property.
  10. Get a little tykes boat! My ducks are very happy with it! I have a ramp go up and step stones inside so they can get out. tits deep enough, very sturdy, and has a drain plug. I picked it up off the side of the road one day. Great find.

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