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Unique Quackaponics/duck-ponic issues vs Aquaponics

Discussion in 'AQUAPONICS MADE EASY interactive discussion forum.' started by Yes or No, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Yes or No

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    Hi all

    I have found some references to ducks through the forum but have been unable to find out some things clearly.

    I'm new to Aquaponics, I live on acreage and I'm interested in integrating my existing duck population into a system.

    I'd love to hear peoples thoughts on everything and issues that arise that are different to traditional aquaponics

    Like:

    -Possible bacterial changes in my system (can different bacteria grow from duck poop compared to fish in my system and can this bacteria be harmful?) moving to try make a possible supplement income from my system at markets and such having full certification. Would there be regulatory restraints from me using duck poo in my system? researching I see a lot of information stating that duck and chicken waste should be composted first.

    - Is it easy/functional to balance a combination of fish and ducks in a system, will PH, nitrate and nitrite levels shoot through the roof or something?

    Would Love to hear everyone's thoughts
     
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  2. Gratilla

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    If you're looking to integrate ducks into a successful organic system, search on "Aigamo" on this site and the web. Note, however, that ducks will eat most of your veg and need to be kept separately. Ducks, surprisingly, will not eat rice plants (because of the high silica content), but will devour rice florets and rice grains. They'll also eat a wide range of harmful insects and snails.

    Poultry poop is highly acidic and needs composting first so as not to scorch your plants. Duck poop is typically dumped in water (when no-one is looking) and is immediately diluted, obviously. I've seen no problems with duck poop reported with the Aigamo system.
     
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    The issue I've read about with duck poop is that they're warm-blooded and can harbour parasites and/or pathogenic bacteria that can transfer to humans. Basically you shouldn't have anything that you're going to eat in contact with their poo (or water containing their poo) unless it's going to be washed and cooked before consumption.

    So yeah, you will get different bacteria that could be harmful! Dunno about the regulatory angle, but I can imagine it might be an issue there too.
     
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    @Mel Redcap
    I have read some similar issues, I'd like to know if anyone has gotten around them. I have found some regulatory information about waste in the UK needing to be heated above 70°c for an hour. and that was in regard to Anaerobic digestion of waste.

    Still researching would love to hear peoples thoughts
     
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    Hi all newbie here too!
    And this is my interest also! Duck-ponics!
    I am a wildlife rehab carer - bird specialist. I have some permanent residents (wood ducks..which are a small native goose).
    Im very keen on setting an aquaponics system up with the duck pond... maybe growing their own food!!
    I will follow this thread with interest...
     
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    Hi .......?
    I agree with a lot of Mel's response above.
    I posted this response to a similar question earlier , a lot of it may be relivant here as well:
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    " there are a couple of things I can see needing some consideration before building your proposed styem. You will need good mechanical filtration and flow rate in your system as "foul" poo is course and will overwhelm (clog) a media bed very quickly. Also if (?), wild birds use the pond you will have pathogens , plants (duckweed and algae) , parasites (leeches ,ich and intestinal worm for example) being constantly carried in by the birds.
    The poo of wild birds can also host ecoli and salmonella so there are obviously a few things to consider and plan for if building a system fuelled by water foul.
    Don't be discouraged though there is a way.
    You'll need :
    Good mechanical filtration.
    A UV steriliser (kills water boune pathogens and algae).
    High dissolved O2 levels (aeration).
    And low exposure to sunlight (to prevent algae blooms).
    Great water circulation (stops accumulation of debris).
    If all of these factors are addressed in your design there is no reason you couldn't have a very productive system."
    Cheers
    Hope that helps.
     
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