My Duck Pond

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kcardella, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I finally got tired of emptying the baby pool every day (or should I say my back got tired of it), and decided to make something more permanent and easier for me. I have been looking at all the great duckponics threads, but decided that was a bit too involved for me right now; I just needed something easier to empty, clean and fill. I have no construction skills, and this was really easy to do.

    So this is what I came up with, and so far, it's working great and the ducks love it! It cost about $150, and the most expensive thing was the pond liner.

    I nestled it in between the pines so it would blend into the yard:
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    I leveled the ground with paver sand, then built a frame with pressure-treated 8' landscape timbers. I left them 8' on the sides, and cut them in half for the ends. I stacked the timbers 4 high, securing them with stakes as I went. I used pressure-treated 1" x 6" to secure the ends. After the drain was installed and dry, I layed the liner, secured it with staples, then screwed another timber on top to hold it.
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    Before I secured the liner to the frame, I attached a pvc drain to the liner by cutting a small hole in the liner, stretching it over the drain, then gluing it with plumbers glue, securing it between the drain base, and the metal cover. I used pvc glue to attach the drain pipe. I let it dry overnight before securing the liner. Then I caulked the entire edge of the drain, and let it dry. (The small brass pipe on the left above the drain is an hose pipe I installed to water my garden).
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    The pipe coming out of the bottom of the pond. The pipe is 3" diameter, so drains the entire pond in about 15 minutes. It takes about 20-30 minutes to refill, and I just used a long-handled brush to scrub it as it's draining.
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    From the side - you can see where I dug a shallow trench so the pipe would be below the pond. I also angled everything slightly downward:
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    Another view - I also put a smaller drain on the side of the liner with a hose attached (the green one), so I could also run the hose to my garden to make use of the nutrient-rich pond water ( just knotched the timbers to accomodate the hose):
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    I put down some gravel when the pipe ends to help the flow of water when it drains:
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    Steps for the ducks:
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    Voila - duck pond! I put the ramp in temporarily for the younger ducks, but they all love to run up it and jump in, so I may leave it:
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    They love it, and I have to usher them out in the evening to go to bed [​IMG]
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  2. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks!
     
  4. THIS IS SO TOTALLY AWESOME!! [​IMG]
    Looks great, amazingly functional, inexpensive, easy to put together!! I am inspired!!
    How long have you had it up?
    I would like to see how it holds up over time, I hope you keep this thread updated. [​IMG]
     
  5. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Dances with Ducks! I LOVE how much time and effort it saves me. It has only been up for about a month, but I will let you know how it holds up. Being in Florida, our biggest problem is humidity and heat, but I am hoping the pressure-treated lumber will last a while. I considered using paving stones as the sides, but didn't want to spend the extra money.
     
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Wow... I love it!
     
  7. Violet22

    Violet22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it too!!! Gives me some ideas for my own! [​IMG]
     
  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    That is so cool!!! I'll have to show this to hubby when we decide to get ducks!! Thanks for sharing!! [​IMG]

    Missi
     
  9. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DJ, Alaska
    [​IMG] Great Job! That might have to be out next pond [​IMG]
     
  10. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is very cool. I may show those to hubby and copy you!
     

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