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Muscovy Ducks ~ Do they need a pond?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BooneHillbilly, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Songster

    Aug 29, 2009
    West Virginia
    Looking into which breed of duck I want for meat and eggs and woudl like a breed that dosent need to swim.. Are Muscovys my answer?

  2. Julie_A

    Julie_A Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Brewton, Ala.
    I don't have a pond, but mine sure love to swim in the kids swimming pool I bought them. I think as long as they have adequate drinking water in a deep container, they should be okay.
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I got 4 Muscovys a few weeks ago and they do not really care to swim. I have 3 kiddie pools that are set up for the other ducks and geese and they will stand on the side and drink from it but I have yet to see one of them go in. They just need water deep enough to put their whole head in so they can stay clean.
  4. No, they don't need a pond. Some like to swim, others don't. I have 3 of my original breeders who like to splash around in 2 gl. black tubs but don't go in the kiddie pool. 2 who do go into the kiddie pool daily for a good bath but none of the original 5 who will go into the bigger 6' swimming pool. Only the juvies who grew up with the bigger pool will use it.
  5. MDC

    MDC Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    No duck really needs a pond, per se, but all should have access to water deep enough so that they can get in and get wet. Not only do they clean their eyes & nostrils by dunking their heads in water, they also keep their feathers in good condition by bathing and preening. Ducks who don't have adequate water for bathing are going to be more prone to external parasites which are nearly unheard of on a duck in good condition and they won't be as waterproof and they won't be able to maintain warmth as well. It doesn't have to be a big deal, a small rubber livestock feed tub would be sufficient. I use any number of things, but for a small flock what would work exceptionally well is a contractor's pan that can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot. They're in the cement section and are black, rectangular and about 4" deep, I think. Presto! Instant bird bath! I paid $4.99 a few years ago - do not know what they cost now although I do know they do have larger ones also available now which they didn't when I was buying mine.
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