Off grid duck pond

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Taj_MaChicken, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Taj_MaChicken

    Taj_MaChicken Songster

    200
    396
    136
    May 26, 2019
    NW Kentucky
    Has anyone done an off grid duck pond? At a reasonable price tag?

    I'd be interested in seeing how you got yours set up. Looking for ideas, so when we build ours, we won't have to run electricity to it.

    TIA!
     
    Eggcentric One likes this.
  2. Eggcentric One

    Eggcentric One Songster

    124
    421
    113
    Jun 23, 2019
    S.E. Coastal Georgia

    We were looking at adding an additional acre pond to our land. The plan was to have clay trucked in from down the road, and coat the hole we will have from using the soil to cover our earth sheltered home and tap into a natural spring we have, then place an overflow to the creek. However, in our state and most others I checked, you are no longer allowed to build a pond without permits from both your local government and the EPA. I was informed, by both, that failing to gain both permits could result in a fine up to $50,000, possible jail time and the requirement to return the pond to land. Just my experience, but I hope you get it done!
     
    DuckyDonna likes this.
  3. DellaMyDarling

    DellaMyDarling Songster

    377
    486
    146
    Dec 13, 2017
    Mass Hilltowns
    We have been considering such as well.
    Now, very minimal info exists for creating a truly natural pond without electrical interference. I truly don't know why. I live in New England, surrounded by billions of old or current farms with a farm pond on it. Better believe none of them have electricity running to them and the only ones I see get truly scuzzy don't have natural pond plants in them, or get low and dry scuzzy without a water in source.

    What I have managed to learn...

    Whatever size pond you desire must mimic a natural ecosystem. This may take a bit of trial and error to get right and I'm no biologist so take this for what it's worth.
    There are a variety of options to "seal" the bottom. Depending on what you choose (we may make use of an old pool liner) an amount of sand and stones sounds like the next best layer. Why? Natural filtration of sediment with a place for microbes to attach to and assist you with keeping water clean. Your ducks and local land (pollen,w tree debris, etc.)add plenty of sediment over time.
    Give a good layer of rocks, gradually increasing in size, up the sloped (important for ducks and plants) sides. It's important to plant aquatic plants native to your region. Native, because pollinators and legality, plants themselves because they feed your ducks, allow hiding spots, and they filter your water while giving the microbes an important place to thrive.

    All my research says that the microbes balance is crucial for your pond when going"natural". I think I said that already, sorry, sick as a dog.
    I'll pop back in here in a bit.
     
  4. Eggcentric One

    Eggcentric One Songster

    124
    421
    113
    Jun 23, 2019
    S.E. Coastal Georgia

    Excellent!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: