Will Pool Water Harm Ducks?

May 15, 2009

Mother duck in ducklings in a swimming poolMallard ducks flew into our senior apartment pool area, mother is setting on 9 eggs. How long does it usually take to hatch? Also does pool water harm them?


By Clarence from Santa Clarita, California


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May 16, 20090 found this helpful

This website says chlorine is not harmful to ducks when used as directed.

It looks like duck eggs hatch in 28-33 days.

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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

Call your local humane society so they can direct you to a wildlife organization.

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October 4, 2016

Can ducks sitting on eggs swim or bath in a pool? Can that damage the eggs?


January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, the chemicals used in the swimming pool can technically damage the eggs.

However, when ducks come out of the pool they are surprisingly dry as their feathers are nearly waterproof. They generally fluff themselves up pretty good so they aren't dripping water on the eggs.


So I think a small amount of chemicals are present but they probably don't make it through the egg's' shells.

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May 15, 2009

For the past few days we have had a mallard duck couple that has been visiting our pool. We have been scaring them away because we didn't want them in the pool. Today we discovered a nest that had one egg that we suspect was laid yesterday. She returned about 30 minutes later and that is when we discovered she laid another egg. I have been researching mallard ducks to find out more about them and I learned that they will return to lay more eggs.

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