What do you use for drinking water for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by naturemom, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Songster

    May 28, 2007
    northern IL
    My ducks are finally outside for good! Yay!
    Currently, I give them water in one of those rubber pans in the daytime, and in a gallon waterer at night, both in their outside "porch." I also put a quart waterer inside their house at night so the younger ones (about 4 and 5 weeks old) can have it right by their light at night and don't have to go out in the cold.
    The trouble is, they go through it so fast, I think they are going most of the night without water. The last night before I put the new ones outside, I gave the older one the gallon waterer a bit early. When I went to lock in the chickens about an hour later, it was already empty!
    I'm planning to give them a kiddy pool or something once we get their fence set up so they have more space, but they still need to have drinking water when they are locked in at night. What should I put it in? One of those bases that fits on a 5-gallon bucket? An automatic waterer?
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    An automatic waterer would work well. If your quart waterer has a metal base that you screw a jar onto, see if you can track down a larger jar. I have a 2 quart jar that I use for my ducks and I have to fill it twice a day. If it was only a one quart I'd be filling it all the time.
  3. Fast Chick

    Fast Chick In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2008
    My 5 adult ducks and 6 chickens have a 5 g bucket waterer and a 4 gallon jug waterer outside. In the coop at night I have a 1 gallon waterer sitting in a rubber pan I put about 2 inches of water in.

    It seems like a lot of water but they go through it fast and the ducks seem to like to eat right after I put the up at night so the y have to have the water.
  4. Badhbh

    Badhbh Songster

    Nov 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
  5. dixie chicken

    dixie chicken In the Brooder

    This post made me have a question. My three ducks are about six month old pekins and are laying already. I lock them up in a smallish house at about nine at night and let them out at dawn (6 am). They free range during day with plenty of water and kiddie pool. Should I be providing them drinking water while they are locked up at night. Their house is just big enough for 4-5 full grown pekins. Just enough room for them to bed down and sleep. I guess I could squeeze a waterer in the corner if needed. I just didn't want to get their coop all wet inside. Messy, messy ducks [​IMG] They do make a bee line for the water when I let them out in the morning.
  6. xke4

    xke4 Songster

    Feb 3, 2007
    If they are going thru all their water, there is good chance that they are actually getting in the dish and swimming in it. I put a full water bottle in the middle of my rubber dishes to displace some of the area to discourage this.
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i was wondering too if perhaps they were trying to swim in it. you know how they love to splash. mine are outside twenty four seven so just drink out of the pond (glorified mudhole) i dug.

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