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can i put my ducklings outside?

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My Khaki Campbell ducks are 10 days and I have 2 that r 4 days . I was wondering if it would hurt them if I put them in a outside brooder . The brooder would be heated with a heat lamp and they would have bedding, food ,water. The temps r still low in ky .


Edited by kychickens123 - 2/13/16 at 8:20am
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Are there aroma problems with them inside?  That can be managed.

 

How many are we talking about?  Have you used a min-max thermometer to monitor how well the heat lamp works?  Have you made sure that there can be no fire?  How low is low?

 

At ten days, old, they need to be around (90 minus 1.5 times 5 is 90 minus 7.5 is 82 degrees, rounded)  They need to be around 75 to 80 degrees.

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they do get pretty smelly but I have bout 30 chicks  and I have some  eggs in the incubator  that will be hatching next week and I need the space ....I have some in a grow out pen that have heat on them that I got back in n Nov. the temps rt now r bout 20 degrees and drop at night but we haven't had any neg. temps yet. I don't want to kill them or make them sick .

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I strongly suggest you borrow or buy a good min-max thermometer and set it up exactly where you would keep the littles.

 

Place food and water in there, sprinkle the bedding to imitate the moisture that would be there when the ducklings are there.  I found that a dry brooder I could easily keep at 90F, but once the ducklings were in there, splashing water, I could not bump it up above 80 until I got another heat lamp going.

 

The min-max will record how cold it gets over time.  Some are digital, some not.  If you check it and reset it daily at around the same time, you will know if you can keep the brooder at the proper temperature.

 

And this setup is predator-proof, right?  I remember having a rabbit hutch I thought was safe.  But it was not fastened securely, and a dog knocked it down the hill, it shattered, and the rabbit was killed.

 

Predators work hard to get at ducks.  You probably know that, but I feel it's important to write in this thread for others.

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post #5 of 7
I have two Khaki Campbell's and they was born Dec 29 I've been keeping in the house and they're about fully feathered. I live in NC and the temps fluctuate constantly.. Could they start staying outside now? I need the big brooder house they're living in for my 4 Peking babies who are growing SO fast!!
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I will get the thermometer and make sure it holds the temp. My  brooder outside is part of my large barn like chicken coop sectioned off . We put our chicks out there when they r ready to go out but to small for the grow out pen. I didn't no if u had to wait until ducks were fully feathered its my first time with ducks.

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If they are safe from predators and fire, and have water with food 24/7, and proper temperatures, I'd say they should be fine - of course I'd be checking on them pretty often.  I suspect you will, too.

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