What should I do about the pond edge?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by USMCwifey, May 13, 2011.

  1. USMCwifey

    USMCwifey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a decent size pond in our back yard that I plan on letting the ducks free range by. (we're placing their coop near it.) But the only thing is the edge of the pond drops down about 2ft before it's actual water. I dug kind of like a trench into the pond so it's not as steep of a drop, I'm just afraid they won't be able to get in and out as they please. Has anyone had this problem or know of any ideas I could do to make it more duck friendly! [​IMG] They'll be outside duckers in only a couple weeks!
     
  2. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an open pond and once my ducklings are fully feathered they will be free ranged. While there are some steep sides, the wild mallards don't seem to have difficulty with it. Since you built a trenched out area, I would place smooth river stones with sand along the edge. The stones will help them grip for the incline and the sand will keep the mud to a minimun.
    Good luck!
     
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would expect the wild mallards to FLY in and out and have no contact with the bank. WALKERS are a different story.
     
  4. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would expect the wild mallards to FLY in and out and have no contact with the bank. WALKERS are a different story.

    Our mallards sort of hop on to the edge of the pond.
     
  5. Luciesbuddys

    Luciesbuddys Out Of The Brooder

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    We made our ducks a "pond" more like a deep puddle but it has a foot drop on all sides and they would not go in at all until we put the water up to basically level with the ground.
     
  6. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Blob Chicken

    Blob Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What sort of ducks do you have ??

    If they are 'scovies ,any breed of bantam duck ,or perhaps a light breed of duck ,they can probably just fly in and out of the pond.
     
  8. USMCwifey

    USMCwifey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They're White Pekins! No flying here...
     

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