Originally Posted by ryanhodapp
This is my first winter with ducks.
I live in Missouri where we have had all the rain. Now it has turned bitterly cold 8 degrees this morning. The ducks don't care. They seem to only go in to lay an egg.
is that ok? all their water was frozen this morning. they weren't happy ducks, but I didn't know how to actually keep their swimming water un-frozen.
suggestions, since I know it is colder in Montana.
When I can't keep their swimming water unfrozen, I don't worry too much about it, I just make sure to keep their drinking water unfrozen. During extended frozen periods, I will make the effort to get the pool filled occasionally. When they've had about an hour of swimming, I'll dump the pool so it doesn't freeze and is easily refilled the next time.
I use dishwashing tubs for their water similar to this :https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR_t75-ZHzQRByKklRieSQplNADpWt-gWWk8b76V5DgNzeC62VK
I get them for $1.98 per tub so I have a lot of them. If I can't break and dump the ice, I'll bring a couple new ones from the house. I fill a large watering can inside and use it to fill the tubs (hoses are hard for me to keep unfrozen). When a duck really wants to bathe they climb in them, though it's a bit cramped... funny looking too. I use to a have goose that would climb in them too, she looked really funny with her feet hanging over the edges!