My ducks cant figure out the pool

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PepperM, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. PepperM

    PepperM Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a pretty small pool that I upgraded this weekend. Its about 3 times bigger and taller as well. My ducks cant figure out how to get in it.

    I even put a piece of wood to act as a ramp and they still look at ME like I'm the idiot. [​IMG]

    What can I do to encourage them to try the ramp and get in the water? We are in a heat wave in Nebraska and I worry about them because they LIVED in the little pool on hot days like these.

    Thanks!

    Pepper
     
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  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them on the ramp and push them up it into the pool. They will usually have it figured out after that.
    You may need some bricks in the bottom of the pool so that they can get out
     
  3. PepperM

    PepperM Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I could but they run from me anytime I enter their pen. Might try leaving a trail of food up the ramp tonight and see if I can coax them in :) Thanks for the suggestion tho!
     
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  4. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they run away from you try herding them into the pool then,
     
  5. PepperM

    PepperM Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea. I will add that to the trail of food idea :) I will get the toddlers in the water somehow! [​IMG]

    Pepper
     
  6. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just upgraded my pool yesterday and had the same issue. I put a wooden ramp going up and they would not use it. So I made steps out of bricks going up from the ground to the pool and then also going down into the pool...it worked like a charm! They've been in & out all day...more in then out! ;)
     
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  7. sunnysideup2

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    I put a paver in the pool and paver steps up to the pool. It seems to be better than a ramp.
     
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  8. quackers619

    quackers619 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    let them see you tossing treats in to the pool. lettuce works well because it floats....
     
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  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I am in the same boat today - set up a nice 50 gallon stock tank, with a 10 inch wide board, not steep, dried mealworms leading up the ramp, and a big rock inside the tank for ease of exit. This was day one. I did not expect them to take to it. I am guessing that Alba, our most adventurous duck, will notice it, hop in, and everyone else will get the idea.

    Meanwhile. keep the little pool available, and consider freezing some lettuce in blocks of ice and toss those in.
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Aha, maybe I'll try that!
     

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