My ducks normally have the freedom to choose where they sleep (in their house with hay or in their run) they typically choose to sleep on in the water in their pool. I"m concerned because the temp is supposed to drop to around 17degree's tonight (its already pretty cold out) and they are still in their pool. should I go out and chase them into their house and lock them in for the night? Or are they OK on the water? I'd like to believe they would choose the place they are most comfortable but dont want to wake up to frozen ducks. they are mini call ducks
Cold night question
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I don't have ducks, nor do I have any experience with them, but I trap during the winter and have seen geese frozen in the lake and still alive. If your ducks freeze in the water, it will only be the top layer and you will be able to get them out and learn from it.
Like I said, I have no experience. But good luck!
Edited by CGilbert - 11/22/15 at 6:13pm
I typically develop a "routine" with my ducks so they know inside is where they sleep and outside is where they play. The ducks don't seem to mind, they almost take comfort in the routine.
Ducks freezing to ice is definitely not ideal, and they can die this way. They also can freeze to the ground and rip out their feathers out in a panic.