Providing water in the duck pen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by start living, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. start living

    start living In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2018
    I put up a 18l bucket (picture) in my duck pen for 36 ducks. They managed to empty the whole bucket in one night only and made a complete mess, water everywhere... Is there any way to provide your ducks with water in their pen for them to only drink it whithout them spreading it everywhere? Do nipple waterers reduce the mess? They are only in their pen at night, so they can wash themselves outside during the day.

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  2. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

    May 15, 2017
    U.S. Prairie
    I don’t put water or food inside my duck house, which is where my ducks spend their nights. I make sure both are available all day and I let them out of their house each morning and put them away each night. I don’t know whether ducks can drink out of nipple waterers, but here, it’s too cold to use them in the winter anyway, so I use two-gallon feed buckets for the drinking water and add hot water during the day to keep the ice open.

    At our house, ducks + water = a mess. Ducks + anything = a mess.
  3. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

    Dec 26, 2018
    they don’t need to be fed at night, aslong as they get food and water during the day, they’re fine
  4. start living

    start living In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2018
    Yes, but if I don't put feed in their pen, they spent the night outside...
  5. Tinkey71

    Tinkey71 Chirping

    Nov 8, 2018
    I am confused about this too. I have a 3 gallon water and I fill it 2-3* a day- and yes it's messy.
    I let them out when I am around to supervise, but they are in the coop a lot too. I've heard too many horror stories about people losing their flocks back here- coyotes, raccoons, possibly bears, bobcats, panthers, and gators are all possibilities back in Florida swamp land. They do have quite a large run, but I'm thinking about extending it and adding a kiddie pool, so they can swim to their hearts content. Right now their coop is inside a larger fenced in area with a pretty large body of water in it( I wouldn't go as far as to call it a pond). They swim daily, but only for maybe 2 hours. The outer fence is no where near predator proof- it was meant to keep in pigs. (The water was met as a wallow)
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  6. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

    Aug 26, 2018
    Dallas, Georgia
    The only time my ducks get anything at night is in the summer time when it's really hot outside. I put a small bucket in their pen and actually hook it to the wall of the pen so they can't tip it over. I put a tray under it to catch any spills. It's not perfect but it works fairly well.
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    When we had that sub freezing conditions back in Jan. I used an under the bed storage container placed my heated bucket in it on top of bricks so it wouldn't be sitting in spilled water. That actually worked pretty good. I used puppy pee pads under the bricks and on the shaving around the container. This is only in an emergency since some of my chickens won't come outside when temps get like that.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I use rubber livestock bowls for feed and water.
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  9. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    Me too! They insulate somewhat: If it isn't too cold overnight and you fill the 5 gallon bowl with hot water in the evening it won't freeze until late morning. - Depending how much water your ducks leave in over night…
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I water mine twice a day in the winter. I use the rubber bowls so I can easily kick out the ice. Mine do great.
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