No more kiddie pools :(

Enchanted Sunrise Farms

Crowing
12 Years
Apr 26, 2007
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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.
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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 (!).
 

Whispering Winds

Songster
11 Years
Jan 14, 2009
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Bond County, Illinois
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 . . .
 

jbowyer01

Just Me!
11 Years
Aug 29, 2008
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10
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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.
 

KansasKid

Songster
9 Years
Feb 7, 2010
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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.
 

oldchickenlady

Songster
9 Years
May 9, 2010
1,285
9
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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 and...you 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.
 

MrsDuck

In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 6, 2010
99
1
41
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.)

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bonzak

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 13, 2010
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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.
 

TLWR

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 10, 2010
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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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