How to keep duck pools clean

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by heatherindeskies, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. heatherindeskies

    heatherindeskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, how do you keep the plastic kiddie pools clean, other than to drain, scrub and refill every 2 days?
    Is there a duck/lawn safe chemical?
    would drying the green stuff out in the sun kill it, causing it to slough off?
    If so, investing in 2 pools might be a good idea...one always avilable, the other baking in the sun when switched around.
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Put a drain into the center and clean out daily. That way the algae doesn't get enough time to grow. We empty every night, so nothing can drown in it and the air will kill anything that could grow in it. The drain will make the pool last longer.
    Katharina
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    There is no way other than emptying it daily and even then it doesn't stay clean very long at all.
     
  4. heatherindeskies

    heatherindeskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:darn....
    I'm too lazy to drag the sump pump out (I have one of the larger kiddie pools) each day, scrub and refill.
    maybe SOME algae is OK to look at. the ducks don't mind, so maybe i shouldn't either!
     
  5. heatherindeskies

    heatherindeskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You can cut into those hard plastic pools and put a drain in???
     
  6. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them by a pond![​IMG]
     
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    As long as it is not toxic blue green algae. We have that in Oregon, so I'm very careful. It is so toxic that it kills humans and animals alike. I prefer to drain and rinse every night to be on the safe side. Plus it is more healthy for the ducks to get fresh water daily. A simple drain and some PVC pipes are really cheap. Forget the sump pump, to much work in my point of view.
    Katharina
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use an irrigation tube to drain mine.....easier than bailing it out. I've got a large plastic kiddie pool for mine too.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    click on the pond link in my sig. then google skippy filters
     
  10. my5fathens

    my5fathens Just Hatched

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    I purchased a replacement drain meant for coolers and used that on my kiddie pool. Works great for draining.
     

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