Duckweed

Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by Sallysue, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. Sallysue

    Sallysue New Member

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    Has anybody here ever tried it in there ponds ?
     
  2. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    In the ponds I,ve seen where it existed without manipulation ducks loved it. Especially teal and woodies but have seen every puddle duck and quite a few divers that frequent east coast of md. feeding in it on one pond I,m familiar with. Pond originally was an old hog farm run off pond and about 5' deep and that's only thing in there for ducks and geese to feed on.
     
  3. Grouper Jones

    Grouper Jones New Member

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    As duckbuster stated, it is great duck food. Gadwalls, wood ducks, and teal seem to favor it more than other ducks here in South Carolina.
    But there are some cons to consider before establishing it in a healthy pond.
    1. By blocking sunlight it will eventually eliminate most other submersed vegetation and form a monoculture. In doing that, it limits habitat for invertebrates.
    2. After it has completely covered a pond, for some reason in following years it won't "bloom" as full as it once did, leaving only minuscule patches here and there leaving very little food source (because there's only small patches AND it eliminated all others by depriving sunlight.

    It will eventuallu return to cover your pond again, but because of those spotty years, your pond will have ups and downs in terms of bird use.
     

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