Anyone ever make their own small farm/duck pond?

MAArcher

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Contemplating installing a small duck pond (like 10'x25'). In south eastern New Hampshire. It will be about 40 yards from a swamp that always holds water. Thinking maybe I could plumb it somehow to flush/circulate water once in a while as needed. Anyone ever done anything like this?
 
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Henro

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I kind of did years ago, except I had a guy come in with a tracked loader to dig the hole for me. I have a spring to feed it. And that makes a difference (probably) from what you’re planning. You don’t really mention where the water is going to come from to fill the pond.

In my case, the area was a wet spot and there are springs coming up at different points on this hillside so I figured that might be a good place. And it turned out to be OK, since it’s been there now over 20 years. But as the guy was moving the Earth he said “it looks like I’m going to hit shale. we better stop now or you might have a hole that won’t hold water”. I agreed and that was the end of it.

My pond is a bit bigger than you are planning at about 50’ x 75’ but still small and basically the concerns are probably the same. But the biggest question is where is the water coming from to fill the pond and keep it full?

Not sure this reply is very helpful, but I’m sure you can do it. But you need a source of water to maintain level due to evaporation, if nothing else, and also due to some kind of minor leakage that you may experience and cannot measure or locate easily.

I’ll be interested in seeing what other replies you get to your question…
 

Tony Jones

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Contemplating installing a small duck pond (like 10'x25'). In south eastern New Hampshire. It will be about 40 yards from a swamp that always holds water. Thinking maybe I could plumb it somehow to flush/circulate water once in a while as needed. Anyone ever done anything like this?
Its a great idea and brings you closer to nature.....I think it could work when done right
 

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My ponds take significant filtering because water is limited, if cleaner water is available to flush with then just the pump and power to do weekly should work, just need to dig a hole at the best location and put in appropriately sized pipe, 1" sounds ok for yours, but bigger is always better. A liner would stop most plant growth unless you desire that.
 

John T

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Contemplating installing a small duck pond (like 10'x25'). In south eastern New Hampshire. It will be about 40 yards from a swamp that always holds water. Thinking maybe I could plumb it somehow to flush/circulate water once in a while as needed. Anyone ever done anything like this?
I've been thinking about doing the same. The water table is pretty high in that area.... I have a 10' deep well nearby and the water level is always 1/2 to 3/4 up the 3' plastic pipe. (crushed stone on the bottom) you can always see clear to the bottom....

Anyway I originally thought about using a liner... but I fear I'm gonna start hitting water anyway.... so the plan is to start digging and see how it goes.....

This will be a small backyard water feature pond ..... maybe 10'x10' ... As deep as I can go with the BX hoe
I do have some clay soil I can use for the bottom..... But with as much ground water as I have I think it will be fine.....

I will use some kind of pump/filtration with a hose over to a waterfall on the opposite end.....
to keep the water circulating..... perhaps a small aerator or fountain.... to help.

might start digging today.... if I can get my azz movin.... :LOL:

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with....
 

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I dug a small wild life pond about the size your contemplating. 30' x 45'.

My soil is very sandy and would not have held water without bringing in 2600 pounds of sodium bentonite pellets to line it after digging with my L2501 bucket and box blade.

I also "plumbed" in about 300 foot of 4 inch black plastic drain pipe that collects rain water from my 24 x 27 foot salt box style tractor shed.

I get very little run off due to the very sandy soil so this pond relies strictly on rain water and water diverted from the tractor shed. The math shows I add about 425 gallons of water for every inch of rain fall from the roof of the tractor shed.

Even with our drought in 2022 and severe drought in 2023 the pond has never dried up and normally the water level is closer to "full pool" than not.

Building this small wild life pond on my property has given me tons of enjoyment and hours of trail cam videos. It was one of the most satisfying projects I have taken on. The pond started attracting wildlife long before it was filled.

Good luck with your project and I think you will enjoy as much as I do mine!

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