how in the heck do we keep them happily swimming in the winter without building a heated pool room over them?!
One slightly different thing I am wondering about is how likely it is that they will hear the call of the wild and head south the first time a few mallards fly over in the autumn. Any stories on that front?
Travis Johnson wrote:As for your water issue, the problem we found is actually the pool itself. When we switched from a plastic pool to a pond...roughly the same size but dug out of earth, a lot of problems went away. We were swapping out the water every other day, but now with earth it needs no water change out. Over the course of a week it slowly drains, so we just refill it again with the hose. It is about 1/3 the water we used before. It just does not slime up like it did with plastic as a liner either. And the ducks love it; they just wade into their natural little pond and dabble and swim, bathe and...well we all know ducks mate when in the water!
All this we discovered by accident when we dug out for a barn, needed a might more dirt to fill a low spot and in doing so created one where it did not matter. Spring rains filled this up and the ducks were forever grateful. Now that I know this, my ducks will NEVER have a plastic pool again, but a real dirt pond. Even if it is not ideal clay and drains out, far better for them to fill it occasionally then have sludge induced plastic.