Ducks use backyard pools as a stand-in for ponds or wetlands. A single duck may arrive alone or a breeding pair may appear in your pool together.
Ducks need three things to thrive: safety, water and high-energy food. A backyard pool is a pretty safe place with lots of water. But it lacks food. Water trapped on pool covers can have lots of small insects that are tasty treats for ducks. But this food supply will not last.
Soon, they will realize that your backyard pool is not the best option for them.
So, don’t be tempted to feed them and the ducks should move on to better habitat soon.
Let ducks do as ducks do. Enjoy a bit of nature in your own backyard. It’s unlikely they will stay for long.
If you feel the birds are in danger of starvation or harm, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator for advice or assistance in moving them to better habitat.
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