Non-artificial salt water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Snipes, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Can ducks go into sounds/oceans/etc that are saltwater? Will this mess up their salt balance because they always try to drink the water they're in. I am going soon to a place where there are large saltwater bodies but no freshwater bodies. Can I let them in the water?
  2. chickensrfood

    chickensrfood Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    I have seen muscovys in brackish canals but the freshwater is poured into them. I heard that the very top of the water is mostly fresh and I have seen them drink it. Barnacles and such grow on the sea walls so it is salty. I would say let them do as they please they will know if it is safe to drink/swim.
  3. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    I wouldn't worry too much about it there are plenty of seaducks in the world like the longtail/oldsquaw and eiders so as long as you provide them with the option of freshwater in a dish or something i think they'll be fine. Somebody might have experience with this and can help you out. I wonder about doing a small experiment where you let them have a bit of brackish water just to see how they react, idk just a thought.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010

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