how often should i dump a large kiddie pool?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sydney13, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    right now i have about a 3 foot kiddie pool for my duck and goose. Its small so it gets filled with poop each day and needs to be dumped out at night. having to refill it each day seems to waste a lot of water and our water bill has gone up thanks to the pool. I really want to get one of the giant sizes of kiddie pools that are at least 6 feet in diameter like this one
    so with one duck and a goose how often would i need to refill something like that?
    right now i have a small ramp leading in and out of my pool and the birds have refused to use it. i was wondering if other peoples ducks and geese will use a ramp up to the pool?

  2. KansasKid

    KansasKid Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    I don't have a clue how much poop they produce together but 4 bantam sized ducks in a small kiddie pool i usually dump out every 3 days. So since thats a good sized kiddie pool i would think that would be just about right.
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    You should be okay with the 3 foot pool with just 2 waterfowl, and change it every 2-3 days. A larger pool will look dirty almost as quickly, and require more water to clean & refill. My ducks & geese will use the ramp to their pool, but sometimes will just hop in & out instead.
  4. Big Dreamer

    Big Dreamer Songster

    Aug 21, 2010
    Central, FL
    When i had my ducks in a really small pen they were always in the water so if got dirty FAST! so i changed it like every 2 days and its still got really bad sometimes, but now that they are in a bigger pen with grass they barley go into the little pool cuase they are always grubbin, but im getting a 5x7 foot pond in 2 weeks so itle stay cleaner and i have a fliter for it! so iw ould say every 3-4 days
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    In the summer I change my call ducks' 5' pool gets nasty quickly and I can't imagine only changing it every 2 or 3 days. In cooler weather I change it every other day.

  6. duckking

    duckking Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    A good rule to follow is when the pool turns green empty it thats what i will do when my ducks get older.
  7. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    when I had my two jumbo pekins in a 3 foot pool I cleaned it out every 2-4 days depending on the grub, if the water settles and there is absolutely NO clarity in the top then you should dump it, but if it settles and the bottom of the water is what is so gross (ie poop and dirt) then I say every couple of days should be sufficient.
  8. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Quote:My grubby ducks have a large plastic pool and a small one and it got nasty quick- we also let them use the large drainage ditch behind us, which they loved and THEY got nasty quick (from the mud).
    My husband and I worked very hard all weekend and dug out a 10 foot by 8 foot pond, made it about three foot deep in the deepest end, and then shallow on the other.
    I spent all day waiting- and the ducks wont go in it. They will finally drink from it- but no way, nope, nada, they are NOT going in.
    I even dumped their plastic pools out. Took them away. Still wont go in my new pond. [​IMG]
  9. FunnyBunnies12

    FunnyBunnies12 Songster

    I dump mine every 2-3 days or longer and I have 2 ducks. Mine do use a ramp to get in, I don't have one for getting out. When they were smaller I had a ramp for them to get out.

  10. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    21 ducks... 4 pools.. I change them everyday. ( or ahem... errrr... should I say I make snakeman change them everyday [​IMG]) Just my preference. My ducks are wayyyyy toooooo spoiled and like the fresh water best. Of course they dirty it in about 5 minutes.[​IMG]

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