New Pond Finished Today....Let there be ducks!!!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by LittleChickenRacingTeam, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    I always used to joke when I had a boat, that it was a hole in the water that I threw money into.

    Well now I have a large hole in the ground that I threw money into, & am hoping for 40 days & forty nights of water/rain [​IMG]

    After 14 days of digging, & $15,000 later I have a hole about an acre in size, that should make the 2 call ducks I plan on getting in the spring very happy.

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  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    uhm.. you're planning on lining that right? If not you just built a giant sesspool.
     
  3. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    There's about 6" of clay packed underneath a light layer of soil. It will be planted out with natural vegetation in the spring & a windmill hooked to a pump will be installed to circulate the water. The company that did the work has been in business for 30 years, & the guy down the road used them & his pond is stocked with trout, & the water is clear as vodka. Hmm, I need a drink now.
     
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  4. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow that must be some really heavy clay. Dad's pond was a giant bog until we cleaned it out, put a liner in. Then it finally held water properly. Up until that point we had to have a constant flow of water to keep the water level constant.
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    nice hole in the ground..... reminds me of a pool, but hopefully not as much upkeep and $$ going forward.

    Those are some mighty spoiled (and expensive) ducks...

    Really nice though!
     
  6. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    We had our existing pond in the same spot. You can see a pic in this post.....http://backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=22624

    Old pond was fairly shallow, & the new one is 10-12 ft deep & seasonal runoff is what kept the old one filled. Also, all the gutters on the house are linked to drainage pipe that feed the pond. This year is the first time in 7 years of living here that our pond went dry.

    Our location is known for the heavy clay layer that sits underneath the topsoil. Hopefully this will work out fine, or we will just fill it in again. [​IMG]
     
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Just two duck---well see how many it is by spring! [​IMG]

    Beautiful by the way!
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice going!!
    I take it you decided not to sell?
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Not to put a damper on things, but how are you gonna protect your call ducks from predators?
     
  10. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    And I thought I spent a lot on my chickens !

    Wish I could build a pond, but it would take dynamite to dig the hole and gunite (sp) to keep the water from seeping through the limestone.

    Are you still moving in a year ? What are the developers going to do with the pond ?
     

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