Intorducing Ducks to a Catfish pond

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dwsmt4, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. dwsmt4

    dwsmt4 Hatching

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    I have a 1/2 acre surface area pond with some pretty good depth at you move towards the dam. This pond was recently stocked with a good number of channel cats, a few blue cats, a half dozen grass carp, and 1000 minnows for forage. I do feed these fish as the idea was to raise the catfish up to edible size in as short a time window as possible. My place is relatively close to a state lake, so I do see a number of waterfowl throughout the year, namely quite a few mallards and wood ducks in the spring, with the occasional Canadian goose (I am quick to drive away the geese).

    I am also a fan of poultry and have considered adding some domesticated ducks into the mix, mostly just for aesthetics (I have chickens for eggs and meat). My main question is whether a few ducks will prove problematic with this setup. I know that ducks are messy between the mud they churn up and the crap they produce, but the impact of this mess depends upon the size of the body of water. While I know they won't bother the catfish or grass carp I realize that the ducks would likely pick off some of the minnows, but they are just there as a food source anyway so that doesn't bother me.

    The main question here, is would a few ducks be an acceptable introduction, or would even a small number muck up the pond to a degree that would prove deleterious to the catfish? If they would be an acceptable addition, how many would work well? Do I need to limit it to 2-3, or would a half dozen or even a dozen be acceptable? Also, what breeds would you suggest? I have been considering mallards and wood ducks as they are both pleasant to look at and natural visitors to my pond, as well as welsh harlequins or rouens. Would these be appropriate choices or do I need to look at other options?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    @Patrick McKee has a pond hopefully he can give you some idea. He has Rouens.

    :welcome
     
  3. dwsmt4

    dwsmt4 Hatching

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    Does anyone have any insight on this issue?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    @Fisherlmiranda has a pond and is now dealing with snapping turtles but I bet she can give you some insight on ponds and ducks
     
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  5. Fisherlmiranda

    Fisherlmiranda Songster

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    I have a pond that is a little over a quarter acre. I have 4 welsh harlequin and love them. I think as long as you go with a small breed, 6 to 8 ducks wouldn't cause any problems. My welsh are very clean. They roam alot all over the yard back to the pond and just back and forth all day. Very active. They are great foragers. So the mess they create was very spread out and seemed like nothing. I had 3 Peking we were raising for meat and they were disastrous, just dirty and noisy. They were lazy and just laid on the banks and messed them up. I was glad to get rid of them lol.
     
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