Fish ponds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dsstewart, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. dsstewart

    dsstewart New Egg

    Mar 29, 2015
    Manchester, CT
    I have a 250-300 gallon pond in my back yard that normally has goldfish in it.

    Do I need to worry about my hens drinking from it when I let them roam the yard?

    D. S. Stewart
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    No. You'll find your chickens getting a drink from the dirtiest mud puddles, without harm. So unless you have floating fish, it's not a worry. I would make sure there is a shallow end so they can get out if they fall in. Chickens unlike ducks can't take off while floating
  3. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    x2 what Den in Penn said. Another thing is your chickens might find an affinity for goldfish. I know of a couple people who had goldfish ponds in their yard and the chickens cleaned all the fish out. But the main concern would be drowning chickens if they don't have a shallow spot to crawl out from.
  4. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2014
    Adkins Texas
    I've got an 850 gallon "quackaponics" pond on our back yard and it's so green right now that you can't see more than a few inches into it. The chickens walk right past the hanging waterer (with fresh, clean water in it) to drink at the pond. They'll be fine.

    We did have one of our BO hens get bumped into the pond by one of the others and she floated for a second or so and then flapped herself right out of there.
  5. dsstewart

    dsstewart New Egg

    Mar 29, 2015
    Manchester, CT
    Thanks for the feedback, all!

  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Grow some duckweed in it.

    Good eating for the flock.

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