No more kiddie pools :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    We have one of those smaller plastic kiddie pools, which worked well for two ducks. Now that i have a dozen (one big girl and eleven growing kids) i was wanting to upgrade to the larger size. i went to Lowes and bought all the connectors that Katharina recommended to put a drain in, then went to ToysRUs expecting to pick up that larger pool. They're out! i've called everywhere - Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Big Lots, and seems they are a seasonal item and no one has them in stock. [​IMG]

    i've searched craigslist, then posted asking for one - nothing. So now i have a little kiddie pool with 12 ducks fighting over who gets to swim. Any suggestions for a larger pool until next Spring? i've looked at pond forms but they are expensive (!).
  2. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know!! I tried to get them all summer and when I did finally find some, they were an hour and a half away and I was afraid to bend them to get them into the back seat of the Honda, so had to let them go . . .
  3. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    Quote:Can you order one? I know walmart does store to store shipping.... Can they ship one for you?
  4. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I dont have experience with ducks but what about the pond liners (not the plastic hard ones but the vinyl tarp looking kind?) I have a small garden pond and its held up wonderfully but like I said no ducks here though I did think about it lol.
  5. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    Well if you can't find one or get one shipped the cheapest pool liners would be the 30 dollar 7x10ft rubber liners at lowes. Or you could get several small tubs. Someone on here used oil pans bought from walmart.
  6. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    You can easily make a pool with landscape timbers or cross ties and pond liner. Just stack your timbers, screw or nail them together, then line it with pond liner (I think you can get it at Lowes/Home Depot). Have the liner drape over the outside of your timbers and put landscape rocks or another timber over the liner to hold it down on the outside. Fill with water have a pond. You can make it as deep or shallow as you want, just depends on how many timbers you want to use. Landscape timbers are not too expensive and are easily moved around. Cross ties are bigger, but also too heavy for one person to move.
  7. MrsDuck

    MrsDuck Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    Western WA
    Also pretty expensive, but we love our Rubbermaid stock tank, and you should be able to get them year round. We have the 50 gallon size for four ducks. It is the only size that doesn't include a drain, but there is a place to install one, and you can buy one specifically made for it. We use the ball valve like Katharina - the parts list is probably a little different, but it's the same idea.

    (The drain doesn't show in the picture.)

  8. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    x2 on the stock tank

    They are way more expensive than a large kiddie pool but they hold up better and are deeper. We have both the tank and the kiddie pool and our fuzzy butts prefer the stock tank.
  9. bonzak

    bonzak Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Home Depot or Lowes both carry cement mixing tubs in two sizes. I believe they run about 6 for the small and 10 for the larger one.
  10. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Summer seems to end in August EVERYWHERE. Nobody in southern AL had any pools left at the end of August either, though I did manage to find one BIG pool.

    I may end up building a timber pond for the ducks because big plastic blue pond doesn't really blend in well in my back yard LOL
    Search "raised timber pond" and you'll find images and instructions.

    Check out rubbermaid storage bins - they may have some large ones that would work until next year.
    Or the cement mixing tubs at home improvement stores.
    Anybody on CL getting rid of an old bathtub? Already has a drain LOL

    Time to get creative until next summer when pools are around again.

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