has anyone used a bathtub as a duck pond???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by erin_2121, May 30, 2015.

  1. erin_2121

    erin_2121 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2008
    I have this idea in my head...
    as an artist, I tend to only do things that are visually appealing, and so of course these messy ol' ducks are a fun challenge!
    I know the blue kiddie pools work great, but I was thinking they'd be 1) kinda ugly and 2) difficult to lift up/drain when full of water.

    Has anyone used an old clawfoot tub and outfitted the drain in such a way that you can drain the duck tub directly into your desired area (in this case, my vegetable gardens!). I know that tub would have to be on higher ground than the beds, which is doable I think... I'm picturing some kind of hose welded to the drain pipe that you can plug/unplug and just let flow! Has anyone used a method like this before?[​IMG]
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  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2014
    Haven't used it, but love the idea! The worst part about keeping ducks w/out an actual pond is the pools...all the water just gets dumped into their yard (which is a waste of water) and turn it into a muddy, poopy mess. I may steal this idea and build something similar. Hoping someone who has done this posts. :)
  3. CMRDucks

    CMRDucks Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2015
    50 Ducks in a Hot Tub has a bathtub set up for the ducks -

    He showed how he set it up in a previous video, not sure which one. If I remember correctly he set up the drain with standard fittings from the hardware store. His isn't pretty, but you get the idea and watching some happy ducks never hurts :)

    I have a kiddie pool that my niece donated - it's a smaller one and it's easy to dump if you get the water rocking back and forth first. The ducks drill in the ground and wash a mouthful of mud in the pool, for hours. Using something the height of a clawfoot tub should reduce the amount of mud in the water I would think. It would look gorgeous, until the ducks actually used it :)

    My set up is all from found/reclaimed/recycled materials so I haven't gone for pretty yet. The kiddie pool is easy to move when they tear up the ground too much in one area I can relocate it so the ground can recover and I can fill in those ankle breaker holes.
  4. alscatS

    alscatS Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2014
    That tub looked really clean - I like the set up - is there a place that is described how the tub was set up and how the water constantly refills?
  5. katiedarling

    katiedarling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2015
    I'm so glad you posted this. I had thought of doing the same. We have a claw foot in our home and I thought it would be cool to find one for use with ducks. I'm also glad you led in with " as an artist...". I was trying to explain this very reasoning to my husband when he questioned why the coop we built had to "be so fancy". I didn't do a very good job advocating my reasoning and plan on stealing that explanation for future use. [​IMG] I didn't quite articulate it as well as you did and he just thinks I'm a little bit crazy. I think all I could come up with was, if we have to sell the property, I don't want anything to be a possible eyesore that's off-putting to buyers. I will follow this thread to see if anyone who's done it posts! Can't wait to hear all the ideas!

    edit: I did see something on youtube where a man installed a drain on a kiddie pool and had it raised enough to drain it quickly and I believe he had pvc pipe that extended out enough to direct water to the garden. Sadly, I don't think I bookmarked it.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2016
  6. alscatS

    alscatS Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2014
    I will send pics - we have one and used it last summer, as the cold water set in the stopper, stopped working and leaked, however this spring we are setting up a filtering system - ducks are super messy

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