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I have a Muscovy that seems to not be as water proof as it should be :(.  was in the pond today with the other ducks and came out very icy. its about 13 F out there.  They are in the coop for the night and I have closed the door to the pond so hopefully it wont get any worse.  Last year the peakins and kackies were in the water down to air temps of -10.

 

 

   


Edited by jkrob - 1/18/16 at 3:09pm
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I have one little duck that is not taking too well to the cold. A few days ago, I checked on her and noticed her shivering. It was cold and a little snowy, but still above 20 degrees so I thought it was a little odd. I picked her up, and she was soaked to the bone! I brought her inside and got her dried off, though I thought it was odd that the water wasn't rolling of her feathers like the others'. As a precaution, I took away their water for the night so she couldn't soak herself again. She did okay once she was dry.

 

Last night was under 10 degrees, so I stayed up late to check on all the animals. Even my silkies were okay, but my one little duck seemed to be struggling! The other four ducks were perfectly comfortable sleeping outside of their duck house, but little Blondie was sitting in the house, not shivering too bad but still looking pretty cold. She wasn't wet or anything like before. I gave her some extra shavings in her house to snuggle up in and she made it through okay. 

 

She is half Mallard and half Pekin, and takes more after the Mallard in size so she is the smallest. Is it her size? Or could there be something wrong with her oil gland? Does she need a light? I don't like to use artificial heating, but I can if I have to. 

I took warm water for my ducks several times through out the day and night to drink. They love warm water to drink and wash their head. They really look`d fore ward to that warm clean water to warm their insides.

post #13 of 16
Greetings! I haven't stopped by for awhile. We have a wonderful solo Pekin, Gladys, who comes in at night once it gets really cold for the season. We're in the NC mountains.
Tonight is the first night in her newly tuned up basement habitat under the stairs. She is soooo happy. So there you go, we have a duck in the house at night for the next six weeks.
Years ago I read words of wisdom here about this subject. If you do what's best for your own peace of mind, the ducks will be just fine.

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Greetings! I haven't stopped by for awhile. We have a wonderful solo Pekin, Gladys, who comes in at night once it gets really cold for the season. We're in the NC mountains.
Tonight is the first night in her newly tuned up basement habitat under the stairs. She is soooo happy. So there you go, we have a duck in the house at night for the next six weeks.
Years ago I read words of wisdom here about this subject. If you do what's best for your own peace of mind, the ducks will be just fine.

Thanks for your reply! Gladys is ADORABLE

Lots o chickens!

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Lots o chickens!

5 Pekin and Pekin x Mallard ducks! 

 

Hobby/Urban farm blogger!  http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/ 

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 1 - breeds) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-guide.html

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 2 - health) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-gui...

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post #15 of 16
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Just an update! I used hot water bottles (which helped) but it got so cold one night (4 degrees) that the other ducks finally got in the house with her. We got about two feet of snow, and she's handling it a lot better than expected!

Lots o chickens!

5 Pekin and Pekin x Mallard ducks! 

 

Hobby/Urban farm blogger!  http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/ 

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 1 - breeds) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-guide.html

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 2 - health) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-gui...

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Lots o chickens!

5 Pekin and Pekin x Mallard ducks! 

 

Hobby/Urban farm blogger!  http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/ 

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 1 - breeds) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-guide.html

 

Guide to buying chicks at feed stores (pt 2 - health) http://backyard-barnyard.blogspot.com/2016/03/feed-store-chick-buying-gui...

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post #16 of 16
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I have a Muscovy that seems to not be as water proof as it should be :(.  was in the pond today with the other ducks and came out very icy. its about 13 F out there.  They are in the coop for the night and I have closed the door to the pond so hopefully it wont get any worse.  Last year the peakins and kackies were in the water down to air temps of -10.

 

 

   

@jkrob  Muscovy's are not as water proof as Mallard derived breeds I would def keep her out of the water till it warms up when they can't keep their feathers in good shape by preening and spreading the oil over their feathers.  they get  what is called wet feather and they can chill when not water repellent, make sure she is eating and drinking and add poultry vitamins to their drinking water. I have had several of my old Muscovy's get wet feather. Usually molt takes care of it and a really good diet and extra vitamins. 

 

How is she doing now?


Edited by Miss Lydia - 1/24/16 at 1:40pm

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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