A Pool for Ducks | Setting-up a Duck’s Paradise

A pool for ducks serves many purposes. Though a duck’s paradise consists of a basic necessities; coop, water, and feeding station. The duck pool is ideal, though not necessary, for preening, minimizing mites and lice, and providing hours of enjoyment for your flock of waterfowl.

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Constructing a duck’s paradise will consist of a few basic items:

  • a coop
  • feed bowls and waterer
  • bucket for water
  • a duck pool (optional)

Yes, you read that right. A duck pool is an optional item, not a necessity. However, ducks and geese do require access to water throughout the day.

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Waterfowl need water for two primary reasons. Ducks and geese must have access to water to rinse their nostril and wash their eyes multiple times throughout the day. Because ducks enjoy milling through the mud and dirt, much of it ends up in their nostrils. Having a bucket filled with water allows waterfowl to fully submerge their heads to clear the nostrils and clean their eyes.

Another reason to readily have water available is to prevent choking as they are eating. Ducks must never be fed without water nearby.

A Duck Pool

As previously mentioned, a pool is not a necessity but a simple enjoyment to both, the waterfowl and the poultry keeper. Keep in mind, a pool for ducks does serve a purpose.

A pool for ducks makes it easier for waterfowl to preen themselves. Water helps to move the oil from the uropygial gland to the feathers, allowing the bird to waterproof them. Waterproofed feathers keeps the birds afloat in the deep water.

Another reason a pool for ducks is necessary is for mating. Most breeds of ducks and geese do not require water for mating, however, there are a few breeds which do.

The final reason waterfowl would enjoy a pool is to cool off during warmer weather. A quick splash in the pool will instantly cool waterfowl down.

Constructing a Pool for Ducks

Luckily, when setting up a pool for ducks there are a few options. Some pool options are expensive, whereas, other options can be inexpensive.

  • kiddie pool – the old fashioned heavy plastic kid’s pool
  • large rubber waterers for smaller livestock
  • extra-large plastic water trough used for larger livestock
  • large galvanized containers
  • plastic koi pond

Large koi fish ponds are often available on trade sites or Craigslist. Converting this type of pond into a duck pool is easy to do.

Why would you need to convert it into a duck pool? Because the water will need to be changed regularly. Exactly how often will depend on quantity of ducks utilizing the pool.

Garden Pump

The Koi Pond Pool

We are asked quite often about the pool we use for our waterfowl.

In addition to this koi pond pool we have smaller rubber pools for the winter months, natural running creeks, and a large natural pond on the property.

This particular pool is used during the summer months. A garden pump is used to extract the water from the pond to water the garden. A drain pipe can be added for easier emptying as well.

Material

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe with threaded end and threaded cap
  • 4-inch perforated pipe for the French drain, how long is based on where the drain field will be
  • filter fabric to wrap perforated pipe
  • pea gravel
  • drain rock – enough to cover the pipe and to use as a drain field
  • silicone caulk

Equipment

  • electric drill with 1 1/2 hole saw

Instructions

  1. Dig a hole to sink the koi pond
  2. Add 3 to 4-inches of pea gravel to the hole
  3. Prior to setting koi pond into the hole, drill a hole near the bottom of the pond for the 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe
  4. Dig a trench where the french drain will begin, sloping downward away from the pond. Add drain rock at the end of the French drain to capture pond water
  5. Place koi pond into the pre-dug hole
  6. Install the PVC pipe with threaded end into the pond, caulking around the penetration
  7. Overlap the PVC pipe with the perforated pipe. Wrap the perforated pipe with the filter fabric. Next, cover the perforated pipe with pea gravel
  8. Back fill the trench with dirt

Setting up a Duck’s Paradise

Prior to setting up a pool for your waterfowl make sure to have the necessary information needed to raise ducks and geese successfully!

Additional tips on raising waterfowl can be found in the following articles:

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Comments

  1. Shaina says

    I am excited we just bought 5, 14 day old ducklings! Right now they are in the broodbox but I am wandering about the duckhouse. (Not built yet) We are converting our OLD bumperpull trailer into a chicken coop and an old playhouse into the guinea coop/roost. I was thinking of puting the duck area under the guinea roost. We have two old wooden dog houses that I think would be perfect but what do you do for the inside? Just put straw? Does your roof open so you can check on the ducks? is the door to close them in for the night?! And is it just your pair going into the house?

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      We installed a door from the backside allowing for easy cleaning. Installing an opening from the top can make it difficult on your back with all of the bending you’d be doing for daily cleaning and egg collecting. And sadly, duck coops need to be maintained daily! Tip, don’t leave water in their house or you will have a huge wet mess to clean up in the morning. Good luck and enjoy your new flock!

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      It’s 2 1/2 feet deep with 2 shallow ledges on both sides. We installed a drain that is attached to a french drain that pulls the water away from the property. But 80% of the water go directly into the garden for watering and fertilizing.

  2. Karen says

    I was just wondering it’d your ducks had a hard time getting out? I have a pekin that can’t get out. I have one similar to yours. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ashley says

    How many ducks do you have in your dog house? We bought a house and there was already one on the property in really good condition. We bought 5 ducks and are wondering how many could fit in the doghouse.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      The duck house in the photo has been used for broody duck hens. I have fit up to 3 adult duck in there easily.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      We do not receive as much snow as you, but the ducks do well. The big pond is closed down during the winter and smaller heavy rubber pools are added. Stray is placed down in various spots over the snow, but all seems to be quite well!

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