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Providing water for your duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Anny, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    For those of you who do not have a pond in your back yard how do you provide them water? Do you use a kiddie pool? does it get gross ? Pictures anyone?

  2. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    I have 2 black east indies and a white call. I had to take the pond away. I had them on my goldfish pond and that was a disaster. They never got out except to eat. These are the messiest creatures and they are the tiny ducks. I cant imagine the mess that a large duck makes. You can give them anything that holds water and they will play in it, but it will get dirty in a few minutes.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I use water buckets for horses so it is deep for them to get their head in to dunk.

    I have kiddy pools for them to swim in. They also mate in the water.

    They are washed and filled with fresh water almost everyday. The only time I don't is when it is raining or evrything is frozen.

    Same with my geese.

    Young ducklings/goslings will tire and drown if they don't have steps or a ramp in out of the pool. Even when you think they old enough they may not be. I wouldn't leave them unsupervised in a pool if they are under 8 weeks old. You'll have to teach them how to get in and out of the pool safely.

    Even in the dead of winter they will want to play in water and make a splashy mess.

    Be warned. LOL

    I have 16 appleyard ducks (9lbs) and 17 geese (22lbs).
  4. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

    Nov 10, 2008
    I use kiddie pools for swimming and buckets for drinking. Dill and Will get to shower with me every day too.
  5. new2chix

    new2chix Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    Yes. And yes. We just have the one duck - the other ran into a dog and lost the arguement - and use a kiddie pool. We have found that the dirtier the water is, the better he likes it. In the morning when he goes out, if it is clean, he'll look at it and get a drink. If the water is dirty, he'll jump in, wash, drink, and play all day long.
  6. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Quote:my ducks are opposite [​IMG] , they start to lose interested in the water the dirtier it gets, thus why they havn't touched thier kiddie pool for about 2 weeks, we live on well water, and have been having problems with our well, wich means use just enough water to give the outside dogs, and pig water. I do fill thier "pond" every other day or so, it's just a hole dug about 2 1/2 feet deep, and maybe 3 feet wide with a tarp laid in to hold the water, but they love it after about a month of igmoring the darned thing, now they're obbsessed [​IMG].

    when the water is clean, they will hop in right away, drink,bathe,slpah around,even mate O_O, but after a few days, they don't like it so muchk, sure they'll bathe and drink but thats about it.
  7. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I have two, a Cayuga and a Rouen, and use a shallow 55 gallon plastic livestock trough; it's about a foot deep, and 5 feet long by about 2 1/2 feet wide. I dump it every time they swim as they really DO make a mess of their water!

    When I finish a couple of my other "poultry projects" I'm going to install a bathtub drain with a plug in the trough, and run some PVC pipe to drain the water. It's a good thing the trough is sturdy because it's quite a chore dumping the water out.

  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    We have 55 gallon drums cut in half to be used as "ponds", but they've been frozen solid for the last month. I take out warm water and fill their buckets 3 times a day. It's a good thing I work from home... [​IMG]
  9. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Same as above! I use buckets for drinking (changed at least daily) and kiddie pools for swimming (changed depending on the weather).
  10. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    We use a automatic waterer for drinking.

    And a kiddie pool for playing. The red pool is no longer use. They got to big for it [​IMG]


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