in ground pond for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Anny, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Does any one have a small in ground pound for your ducks (a man made one or one of those plastic type ones)

    How does it work out? Does it get dirtys?

    Do you have any pictures?


    Can you have the pond in the same run as the chicken with out any chickens falling in?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I just use the large size kiddie pools for my ducks. If you're going to have a small in ground one you're going to have to have some way to pump it out frequently or a very good filter system. In the summer heat mine needs to be dumped and changed everyday or it is nasty. They drag a lot of dirt in, not to mention the poo.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First I only have two ducks (29 chickens) and I have a garden pond that is 6x5 and 3.5 feet deep and my ducks go for a swim at least two or three times a day (except in winter when it freezes over).
    I have no problems with having a dirty pond. I have a filter that is submerged in the middle that I clean at least once a month from say March thru October. I also have 5 good size koi in there and goldfish (honestly don't know how many) and I think they feed on the duck poo, they are basically bottom feeders (carp).
    I was hesitant when I first got the two ducks two and half years ago to let them have access to my pond (I spent a lot of time and money building the thing) but I monitored the situation and I saw no ill effects of letting these two take their baths whenever they want. Actually, and I can't explain it, since I have had the ducks the pond is cleaner than it ever has been, I can see completely to the bottom.
    I hand dug the pond and then went to Lowes and bought the pond liner (the line is 9 years old and has not been replaced) to put in the hole and then decorated around with large and small rocks, plants etc. I then built a patio out of bricks I bought at salvage yard and purchased a gazebo at Garden Ridge. It is the most relaxing spot on my place, and I can see the chickens from the patio (extra bonus) Me and my SO spend a lot of time in this spot in good weather and when family and friends come over we always gravitate to it.
    I has been worth every penny I spent on it.
     
  4. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    scooter do you have any pictres of this set up it sounds nice.
     
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anny, I do not at this moment, I am at work. SHHHH!!!
    I will try to post tonight when I get home.
     
  6. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we first had ducks we had a bath (human type) that someone was getting rid of. It was cast iron and my husband dug it into the ground and connected a pipe to the waste so that I could pull the plug out and drain it to clean it. It got very dirty and I would have to get in it when empty to scrub it!! I suppose I emptied about once a month. The ducks loved it. I had a ladder type construction going down into it in case anything else fell in - hedgehogs or chickens!! This worked well but sometimes a chicken fell in and panicked so much I would hear it and go out to rescue it. Generally they were careful but they did drink from it. We got rid of it when we built the stable as it was in the way and now have a much smaller container in the run.
     
  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have the hard plastic ones at the Lowes near me. I plan on getting one and hopefully will have it installed this spring. I've also thought about how to keep it clean as I will not use filtration. I'd also like to see other's setups.


    jeremy
     
  8. Shanay235

    Shanay235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a 40'x60' pond dug out for our ducks/geese. They really like to dig around in the banks and I didn't want to deal with the erosion so the bottom of our pond is natural and the banks are covered with pond liner.
     
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I have one that I will be installing as soon as the ground thaws. I got it cheap from a neighbor. I plan on getting a filter for a much larger pond to counteract the duck's mess making ability. I already have the pump.
     
  10. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple that I used the EPDM rubber liner in..........so far they have held up well. They are both pumped out using a sewage pump which I keep in each one. In the winter the garden pond in the aviary has a small heater that runs 24/7.

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