Making a Duck Pond

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June 30, 2015

Making a Duck PondMy husband finally had a chance to make our ducks a permanent pond. It has an awesome gravel ramp and a faucet drain to make water changes super easy!



  • stock tank
  • faucet drain
  • retaining wall blocks
  • river pebbles
  • flat paver
  • various larger rocks
  • hole saw (for drain)


  1. Use flat pavers to create a solid foundation for the stock tank to sit on. Set the stock tank onto the pavers and make sure it is level. This will ensure that it fills all the way up to the edge.
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  3. Use stacking wall blocks to create the inner and outer curved walls of the ramp. Make sure to get the bottom row level, then start stacking the next layers. Use a flat paver turned on its edge to block the end that will meet up with the stock tank. This paver will hold back the river pebbles.
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  5. Put the stock tank in place. Then begin adding dirt to the ramp to create a gradual slope up towards the pond. Tamp the dirt until it is firm.

    For the drain: We talked to someone at our local feed store to select the proper hardware to create our drain. You only need a few simple parts and a hole saw to add it to the stock tank. You may even be able to find one that already has a drain.
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  7. Add rocks below the faucet drain, if desired. Then begin filling the pond with water.
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  9. Add the river pebbles and tamp them firmly to hold them in place. We had to add a few large rocks towards the bottom of the ramp to help keep the pebbles from falling into the grass.
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  11. It took awhile to convince all three ducks that the pond was awesome. But now that they have gotten the hang of it, they rarely leave the water. :)

    Our pond was designed to be easily drained using the faucet. Then you can remove it to hose it out and clean it. If you find that debris and feathers block the drain you may want to add a screen over the drain opening.
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January 17, 2019

My husband created this neat little pond for our duck, using a mortar mixing tub and scrap wood that we had laying around. It has a frame to hold the tub and a built-in ramp. With only one duck, is it easy to clean and refresh the water.

Small Duck Pond



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February 21, 2018

I got lucky and found someone giving away a 300 gal pond. It looks like it is the same plastic as this tank is made out of. It already has a drain hole. I live in Illinois where it gets quite cold. I am wondering if I need to do anything special to be able to keep it going all year. Also, should I put something soft under it, like mulch or sand?

Should I put dirt most of the way around it for insulation? I think I'm going to have to get some kind of pump to keep the water moving. I have a garden, so I thought I would use the water from the tank for that in the warmer months


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February 24, 20180 found this helpful
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I would use crushed gravel underneath to maintain good drainage. If you use something soft it will wash away and undercut your container.


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February 25, 20180 found this helpful
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This may be a bigger project than you are aware of as a pump system can be expensive.

  • I would suggest that you pay a visit to Home Depot, Lowe's or a pond supply store and explain what you have and what you want to do with this free pond.
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  • Most of these stores have sales people who have some knowledge about installing and caring for a pond.
  • If you go to a local store, they will be familiar with your climate and can tell you how to keep it safe year round.
  • Of course, they will want to sell you their products but no need to buy anything that you do not want.
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July 25, 2016

Where do you purchase the tub with a water valve connected?


August 6, 20161 found this helpful

Larger stock tanks come with a drain plug installed. If yours doesn't have one, Home Depot sometimes carries them.


Otherwise you can DIY one using electrical(gray) threaded PVC connectors and a few other fittings.

May 8, 20171 found this helpful

Tractor Supply!!!

April 24, 20180 found this helpful

Any farm store carries the 50 gallon stock tanks with a drain. All it takes to plumb in a valve is the proper PVC fitting and a PVC valve. I prefer a PVC ball valve with a PVC extension, because they drain the tank faster without plugging as easily and get the water away from the tank to eliminate a chance of erosion.


Just remember, watering the garden with the water should only be done a maximum of twice a year to keep the soil from becoming too alkaline, so the water will have to be drained into the ground or disposed of into the sewer, if available, at other times.

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