I would love some advice and pointers from those who have faced cold and snowy winters with ducks. This is my first winter and I am nervous about keeping up with my 9 ducks in the cold. did i mention I HATE WINTER :P
My biggest concern is water. I have a 3 gallon heated waterer. I just ordered a 2 and 3 gallon flexi rubber tub that I would like to put a bird bath heater into. Does anyone have good luck with the super cold winters with the bird bath heaters. If so what brand or wattage do you recommend? Or is there something else that might work for the crazy amount of water my ducks go through?
My BIGGEST QUESTION is access to water. I know this might be a dumb question but what do you do if you dont have a winterized outdoor water source. We have our water access through our garden hoses but with the temps dropping daily I know i need to remove the garden hoses and shut the water off to the outdoors so the pipes dont freeze. There must be a better way than me schlepping 10-15 gallons of water a day over 100 feet away from the house to give them water. So what do others do who dont have barns or outdoor sources? Im sure something exists that I dont know about but I havent had much luck researchiing things online.
Help please. Any other winter things I missed?
right now the ducks are in a 8x6 dog house with a wind board to prevent a draft and they are in a 20x20 kennel run which i plan to use plastic or tarp to cover the northern side of the kennel. Would this be enough to winterize?