caring for ducks

Old 04-23-05, 09:48 AM
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caring for ducks

caring for ducks


I have a pond/swimming pool in my backyard that is roughly 30 by 30 by 4' deep. At the moment I don't have a filteration system on it so in order to keep the pond clean and clear from all bacteria etc I add chlorine in it at a level of about 2-3 ppm just like a swimming pool. I was wondering if this chlorine would hurt the ducks at all. I always see many wild birds coming and drinking from it just fine but I figured that I better be cautious and ask an expert since they are going to be spending alot of time bathing and even drinking from it.

I have read many articles on it and they always say that chlorine is just fine for ducks but they always fail to mention how much ppm that they are refering to. I mean you shouldn't swim in sodium hypochlorite right. I also use algeacide to help control the algea but I don't think that will hurt them at all.

Lastly because they will also have a housing nearby I was wondering if there are any good ideas/methods of keeping the flooring of this housing for these ducts clean; example:hay as flooring and place more hay on top of old as it gets dirts. Thanks alot. MIKE
Old 04-25-05, 06:05 PM
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Swimming pools usually are chlorinated at 1-3 ppm with granular chlorine for swimming pools. Most recommend 1-1.5 ppm.

Fecal matter in duck ponds tends not to pose hazards to swimmers as long as chlorine level is maintained. Test water frequently for pH.

Most vets and waterfowl specialists tend to say that chlorine is safe for ducks and turtles but not fish.

Ducks are messy and reguire dedication. Droppings should be cleaned up daily to prevent odor and pests. Floor should be bedded with straw, shavings or similarly dry absorbent material. This will require regular addition of fresh bedding, on top of the bedding that has become soiled or wet, and when necessary, cleaning out the old litter and replacing it with fresh litter.

Ducks drink alot of water and droppings tend to be 90% moisture. After the first 3 weeks of life, waterers should be located outside, as far away from the house as possible. This will reduce tracking water to the litter. During periods when temperatures drop below freezing, water must be provided indoors. If floor of duck house is earth, the upper few inches of soil should be removed and replaced with sand. Sand can then be replaced as needed. If bedding is properly maintained, it will minimize the frequency of replacing sand.

Commercial duck housing usually has an all wire mesh for or a combination of litter and wire mesh with waterers located on the wire. Duck farmers tend to provide housing that provides ducks a high degree of protection from the detrimental effects of extremes in weather and entry of duck diseases. The ability to exclude wild birds from buildings is a large factor in preventing the introduction and spread of diseases in commercial duck houses.

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