I live in FL - have a pair of 1+ yr old African geese, and 4 3-month old Sebastopols. I have been searching the internet everywhere for info on how to make a pond for them - I have a large blue plastic kiddie pool from Walmart, but I have to literally empty it every day - and even tho I am on a well, that's a lot of water - but have had no luck getting any information that would be of any help. We are moving all of our birds into an area of our back yard, due to the area where we had kept them up to this point, becoming basically a lake from all the torrential rain we've had (even too much for the geese), and I am going to work on making the area really nice - bought a book on chicken gardens, etc., and would like to think about either buying a free-form actual hard black plastic pond, or getting the flexible liner and making one - although I've heard that you have to be careful with the flexible liner due to the geese's claws on their feet being quite sharp. We have a small pump that came with our above-ground pool that has never been used (bought a better one to use with the pool), and I am wondering if it is possible to install some sort of skimmer in one of those hard-shell ponds - to keep the water circulating so that it might hopefully clean the pond of as much of the goose manure as possible, so that I don't have to keep dumping the water out all the time. I'd like to be able to plant some nice small shade-type tall shrubs (aka, small palms) around the pond area to help keep the water temp a little cooler, but if I have to keep emptying it all the time, I'm afraid the area would just be saturated all the time and would kill any vegetation I tried to put in. We do actually have a pond (a real pond) out behind the back of our horse fencing, but there are water moccasins and alligators that live in it, so there's no way I'm letting my birds go out there. If worse comes to worse, I guess we'd have to try and build the pond up higher and put a drain in the bottom, with a water pipe that would take the water out a ways from the back yard, but that still doesn't take care of the problem of using so much water, and having to dump it on just about a daily basis. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!