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How warm should it be outside before I can bring our ducklings oudoors?

LeiaLayers

Flock of 2 GCs, 2 EEs, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Exchequer Leghorns, 2 Salmon Fauvorelles, 1 Welsummer, 1 Blue Americauna, 1 Mallard drake, 1 Khaki Campbell drake, 1 hybrid Duck, and 1 Silver Appleyard Duck. With a ACD mix doggie.

 

Flock who have passed: RIP Julian (GC 4/8/16), Luke (WH drake 7/18/16), Han (WP drake 7/19/16)

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LeiaLayers

Flock of 2 GCs, 2 EEs, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Exchequer Leghorns, 2 Salmon Fauvorelles, 1 Welsummer, 1 Blue Americauna, 1 Mallard drake, 1 Khaki Campbell drake, 1 hybrid Duck, and 1 Silver Appleyard Duck. With a ACD mix doggie.

 

Flock who have passed: RIP Julian (GC 4/8/16), Luke (WH drake 7/18/16), Han (WP drake 7/19/16)

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Where do you live?
It will depend on if they are feathered out also.
I'm no expert. But I have ducks and with mine, I started them with short bits/maybe even hours on sunny warm days. I knew by how much they enjoyed themselves.
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Where do you live?
It will depend on if they are feathered out also.
I'm no expert. But I have ducks and with mine, I started them with short bits/maybe even hours on sunny warm days. I knew by how much they enjoyed themselves.

I am located in southern VA near VA, NC border. highest it has been lately is 60ish and they are only a few weeks old so far. I know in another week it will be closer to 70 and was starting to wonder how soon I could safely. 


Edited by LeiaLayers5 - 3/3/16 at 8:40am

LeiaLayers

Flock of 2 GCs, 2 EEs, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Exchequer Leghorns, 2 Salmon Fauvorelles, 1 Welsummer, 1 Blue Americauna, 1 Mallard drake, 1 Khaki Campbell drake, 1 hybrid Duck, and 1 Silver Appleyard Duck. With a ACD mix doggie.

 

Flock who have passed: RIP Julian (GC 4/8/16), Luke (WH drake 7/18/16), Han (WP drake 7/19/16)

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LeiaLayers

Flock of 2 GCs, 2 EEs, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Exchequer Leghorns, 2 Salmon Fauvorelles, 1 Welsummer, 1 Blue Americauna, 1 Mallard drake, 1 Khaki Campbell drake, 1 hybrid Duck, and 1 Silver Appleyard Duck. With a ACD mix doggie.

 

Flock who have passed: RIP Julian (GC 4/8/16), Luke (WH drake 7/18/16), Han (WP drake 7/19/16)

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The general guideline is 90F the first week, dropping 5 degrees a week.  So at three weeks, they'd need to be not much cooler than 75F, even at night.  Ducklings can survive at cooler temperatures, but it seems to me we want them to grow up healthy inside and out.

 

If water mess is a concern,  these links may help.

 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/679433/water-water-everywhere/10

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858161/feed-water-solution-for-brooder#post_12901321

 

http://frankiemakes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/watering-solution-for-ducks.html

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/259876/do-your-ducks-have-water-at-night/10#post_13568197

 

post number 8 from this

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959603/ducklings-getting-stuck-on-their-backs#post_14939819

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/969751/help-baby-ducklings#post_15125952

 

 

The other question is - safety from predators. 

 

@LeiaLayers5

 


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