How to keep duck pools clean

heatherindeskies

Songster
9 Years
May 23, 2010
614
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SE Minnesota
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.
 

katharinad

Overrun with chickens
9 Years
Mar 23, 2010
2,585
22
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Southern Oregon Mountains
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
 

heatherindeskies

Songster
9 Years
May 23, 2010
614
2
119
SE Minnesota
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!
 

katharinad

Overrun with chickens
9 Years
Mar 23, 2010
2,585
22
181
Southern Oregon Mountains
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
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
I use an irrigation tube to drain mine.....easier than bailing it out. I've got a large plastic kiddie pool for mine too.
 
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