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I have 2 male and 4 female black sweedish ducks and 1 male and 2 female Cayuga ducks.   They are about 7 months old and laying about 4 eggs a day.  I live in Connecticut and have a pond in my back yard but it dries up on the summer and freezes over in the winter when there is water in it.  I have a small kid pool that I keep fresh water in for the ducks and they seem to love it.  I am concerned about this winter. On the mornings that we have a heavy frost the pool freezes over until late morning.  The pond is not really accessible for the ducks that is why I have the pool for them.  I would like to know of these breeds of ducks need to have a "swimming" area year round.  Also how are they in the snow?  I house them in a 20' x 20' pen with a 8' x 8' "house" with a heat lamp in it.  They only go in the "house" to eat.

 

Are they hardy enough to survive a New England winter with the habitat I have created for them and what do I do about the swimming water issue?

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They only NEED water deep enough to dip their entire head in, so they can do without the pond and pool for the winter. They'll probably be fine out in the snow. If they really get cold, they should go in the house/coop. Ducks are hardy and can usually withstand winters just fine.

My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

My Instagram: www.instagram.com/backyardjungle04/

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My happy, beloved little Muscovy flock: Captain, King, BB (Big Boy), Creamy, Daphne, Lilac, Moon, Meg, Ivy, Gracie, Whisper, Star, Hope, Lucky, Sweet Pea, Joy, Snow, Skylar, Misty, Kiwi Jr., Coffee, Peaches, Amiga, Chippy, and Cola.

 

My website: www.raising-ducks.com

My Instagram: www.instagram.com/backyardjungle04/

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Just a note - please keep a close eye on them.  A number of my Runners are not cold-hardy.

 

So I moved them to a night pen that stays above 40F.  It really depends on the individual ducks.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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