The Duck-ponics Experiment - Raising minnows

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wifezilla, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Where's the ducks and geese? come on you can do it. [​IMG] and I said Dreaming, dh has put his foot down to any more houses. [​IMG]
  2. pysankigirl

    pysankigirl Songster

    May 2, 2012
    actually , I have 4 duckings and 2 goslings on order for spring...hence the interest in the duckaponics thread :)
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Cool, look forward to seeing them, what breeds. and your avatar eggs are beautiful
  4. jtcitrus

    jtcitrus Hatching

    May 21, 2013
    Houston, Texas (zone 9a)
    Any updates on this quackuaponics project?
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  5. Cassia311

    Cassia311 In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2014
    We live in Colorado and the local pond has mallards that live it up year round there. I wouldn't expect them to be sensitive because they walk on the ice through the winter. It gets down in the negatives for several days out of the year as well. Perhaps these ones are just resilient?
  6. tdd2

    tdd2 Songster

    Mar 14, 2014
    Subscribed :)
  7. sheila8

    sheila8 Hatching

    Mar 22, 2014
    Billings Montana
    To Cassia and others,
    I am trying something similar on a larger scale. We still have not worked out all the bugs and have large open ponds for part of the year. Your comfort duck-as we call the ones we cuddle,
    looks like a Cayuga - the black domestic ones- we raise cayuga and Cayuga crosses outside here in Montana- we have optional small barn shelters- we can close them in- and did during the three worst storms last year , and "open shelter" where so far they have bedded all this winter. They are VERY winter tolerant as the wind chill has been below -20. Wind blocks and the best food you can afford is the trick. Pond heaters and chopping ice when the sump pump freezes are useful investments.
    Sheila ( queen of the iceawl-LOL)
  8. Bryanshantel

    Bryanshantel In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2014
    north of Pensacola
    I do aquaponics and that theory is great for lettuce, but for other veggies you need a grow media like pea gravel clay balls and a bell siphon just look up aquaponic system set up on you tube you'll find more than enough information
  9. Maxx57

    Maxx57 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2015
    I'm a big fan of quaquaponics systems! It seems that the main problem is the filter getting clogged. May I suggest you a theorical solution?
    I think duck produce too much poo for crops to assimilate it (or you need a very large aquaponic system). Liquid part and solid part should be separated. The liquid part is useful for the aquaponic system and the solid part is used for the compost. So, a pond with a slope could be a solution but the filter can still get clogged... My idea is to prevent any sedimentation around the filter by quite large amout of 'clean water' coming out of the crops areas. But the water flow of the pump is too weak to do it. So I suggest also to use this thing: shishi odoshi[​IMG]

    Here is a sketch

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
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  10. melonball6

    melonball6 In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2012
    Naples, Florida
    It looks like this thread has been going for six years. Amazing. I read it "cover-to-cover" since last night and I do not have any ducks or ponds. Wifezilla is such a talented writer she kept me interested the whole time.

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