how many ducks on a dam without affecting water quality?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by quackersncheese, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. quackersncheese

    quackersncheese New Egg

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    Hi newbie desperately wanting to know how much space ducks need in a dam without affecting water quality. I have to present a case to the school board where we live tomorrow regarding my pair of ducks using the dam and I can't seem to find safe stocking densities which won't affect water quality for the school's cattle which water at the dam. I may need to sell my ducks :-(
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! You might have to post in the Duck thread or find & peruse some poultry science journals. Hard data will certainly help your case when you present. Things like much water is in the dam and what does "affect the water quality" mean in a quantitative sense. But having been around cattle and a lot of pasture ponds, what the ducks do to a pond in terms of contamination pales in comparison to what cattle do to their own water supply! Wish I had a video of a cow(s) wading in a pond and drinking while at the same time depositing a gallon of urine and 5 or 6 pounds of feces into the water. I know I've witnessed it enough! A couple of ducks really don't stack up to that! Hope it goes your way!! Here's the Duck thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
  3. quackersncheese

    quackersncheese New Egg

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    Thank you, I've reposted there. I've been scouring the net but can't seem to find a definitive answer. Hopefully someone Herr will know or point me in the right direction. Do I somehow delete this thread in lieu of the other?
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    No, it's in both places. Hopefully someone will chime in with advice.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I hope you will find the info you need and fingers crossed you won't have to sell your ducks!
     
  6. farmer boy

    farmer boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    if its a big pool of water then they wont affect it at all .. as long as it is an big area 2 ducks wont affect it and wild ducks prob use it to so it just depends on the people
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I was thinking the same thing - how badly could two ducks alter the water, I'd worry the cattle would cause disease. I can't believe they even brought that up with you. Maybe instead you could have data showing how many head of cattle can do whatever to the water? Give them reason to be concerned about that first. I would think there has been much more research in cattle than ducks any day.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Good luck to you.
     

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