Keeping clean water for your ducks to drink is an impossibility. Period! Thing 2 once told me that you provide fresh water for ducks, not clean water. Oh so true. It may be clean the instant it hits their pool (whatever type you have) but it won’t be clean for long. Chickens can dip their beaks into water and take a nice dainty sip. Not Ducks! Their idea of water is altogether different.
First understand that a duck needs water to be happy and healthy. They need water for a lot more than drinking. I’m sure mine think that drinking it is the least important use of water.
Ducks need Water For:
My ducks, like all, ducks love to “play” in the water. Ok, I’m sure what I call play is really one of the five important tasks I listed above. But none the less, they spread the water everywhere and they get their water very dirty. It really grosses me out to think of them having to drink all that dirty water. So everyday I empty out their water pools and refill them with fresh water. Whew that’s a lot of work. What am I going to do when I go on vacation. Thing 2 said she would come by every other day or so to check on them, but that isn’t going to give them fresh water to drink every day. So I started checking into a way to give them fresh water. They can’t be able to climb into it or they will get it filthy. And then I found it. WhooHoo!
My Awesome hubby installed it for me and now my ducks are all ready for vacation too. He put on this Quick Connect fitting so it just pops right off to be hosed off. But it will give them fresh water each time they take a drink! I’m so excited I found this. Now they can have fresh water to drink all the time. Even while I’m on vacation!
This would be great for chickens as well. And I think it would also be good to have outside for your dogs or cats. There is one design issue, I don’t want to say flaw, you just need to know about it. To function properly it has to hang. That’s what makes it shut off. We had planned to attach it to a hose and put it on a little shelf so I could just tip it to clean it. That will not work. It has to hang to shut off. But smart and awesome hubby came up with the quick connect fitting so I can clean it and it will work just as well as we had planned. Now I’m ready for vacation!!!!
Just an add on. I found this Automatic Treadle Feeder. What a great idea to keep the feed clean and the mice out! An no more wasted feed!
Did you go on vacation this year? How did you solve your animal and garden problems while you were gone?
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