how to make duck pond?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Silkie-Feet, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Songster

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    I am wanting to breed some mallards soon, and need a pond in my run. I have an idea but i need your help to know if i can do it. I am wanting to dig a spot, and place some black plastic in it to make it hold water like a koi pond. will this work? Can they puncture the plastic with bill/feet? I am at a lost, if you have a cheap idea please tell me. i need some information asap so i can start this project. ty.
     
  2. AprilW

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    We had a few ducks for fun at one time, for a swimming source we used a large kiddie pool. If you used heavy duty plastic, I think it would work.
     
  3. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Songster

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    Thanks so much, but i could just imagine their nails digging into my hard work. Anyone else, what did you do?
     
  4. WVman

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    Not they will not puncture they koi type ponds
     
  5. Silkie-Feet

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    are you talking about ponds like kiddie pools (hard plastic) or, rollable plastic WVman?
     
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  6. mkeawsh

    mkeawsh Woody Hollow

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    I would say the hard plastic would work just fine. My neighbor had ducks and they dug a hold and put one of the hard plastic kiddie pools in the ground and it worked great.
     
  7. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Songster

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    but i realy wanna use the rollable plastic so i can make the pond as deep and big as i want, so will that work?
     
  8. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    we will be using a hard plastic kiddie pool. how big do you want your duck pond? if you do a search , theres a byc'er that built a pond for all her ducks. its massive and awesome! search around the duck thread.
    good luck.
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  9. imtc

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    the only thing I would say about digging a hole and using plastic liner is not being able to clean it very well. If you could get some kind of filter system in there or a way to occassionally drain it that might work. I hear ducks are VERY messy.
     
  10. mkeawsh

    mkeawsh Woody Hollow

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    We used to nurse ducks back to health from the city park lake and then return them when they were well - they are messy because you need water for them and they do their business in the water which makes it dirty and smelly. We used to just use a bucket to get out what we could then basically put the hose on hard stream and wash the rest of it out. We used a hard plastic kid pool. The chores aren't so tough to do when you enjoy the animals. [​IMG]
     

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