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First year with my pond, so this is my first winter. I shut everything down this winter and shut off access to my filter/pump box as frogs loved to congregate in their all summer.

Had plenty of green water this year but was clearing by the end of the season. Well now it’s crystal clear and I can see the bottom perfectly. It’s warmed up and i have no ice so was looking at the pond and can see several frogs laying on the bottom upside down, unmoving. I read that during the winter they burrow in the mud/muck and ride out the season that way. But I have no muck on the bottom, they’re just laying on the liner. Are they maybe dead? I don’t want them decaying when it warms up in a couple months so wondering if I should remove them? Or are they really hibernating (or whatever it’s called that frogs do!)
 
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Sadly, if they're upside down, they've probably departed this world. I would scoop up one of them and check him out. If he's gone you can get the rest before the ice sets in. Sorry.
 

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It’s warmed up and i have no ice so was looking at the pond and can see several frogs laying on the bottom upside down, unmoving. I read that during the winter they burrow in the mud/muck and ride out the season that way. But I have no muck on the bottom, they’re just laying on the liner. Are they maybe dead? I don’t want them decaying when it warms up in a couple months so wondering if I should remove them? Or are they really hibernating (or whatever it’s called that frogs do!)
I don't think your frogs are alive. I see them on the bottom of my pond all the time, but not upside down. Try to remove them, see if they react. That'll give you your answer. I had issues with frogs dying over winter when my pond wasn't being properly oxygenated. Ever since I added my pond breather, things have been good, thankfully. After my first winter, I was so disheartened that I actually considered closing down my pond. Really glad my pond breather solved it.
 
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My pond is about 3 ft 10 inches where the frogs are laying. I think it’s plenty oxygenated as I’ve had an air stone in the pond that has kept a good size while all winter so far. Thanks for the advice, I’ll give them a nudge tonight and see if they’re alive.
 

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they are dead and need to be removed or that can cause water quality problems .If you have mulch in your landscape you can always put them there and cover them up and if they are hibernating they will be safe ,if not they will fertilize the plants .More likely dead
 
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