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White pekin ducklings

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Hi everyone! I'm new to raising ducks, and I have a quick question.

When can I move these sweet babies outside? I got them on April 22nd, and I didn't even think to ask how old they were. They are starting their feathers, but are still mostly downy. I live in Northern Nevada, and our temps at night are still pretty low. Daytime temps this month have ranged from 55-75 degrees during the day, with lows in the 40's.

I don't want to put them outside before they're ready, but man!! They stink!!
post #2 of 4

Once they have no Down left and the low stays over Fifty then they can go outside.

Ducks

Two Pekin ducks, Two Muscovy ducks

Chickens

One Easter egger, One Cornish cross, One Silkie, One Belgian D'Uccle

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What is, is what must be.- Richard Adams, Watership down
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Ducks

Two Pekin ducks, Two Muscovy ducks

Chickens

One Easter egger, One Cornish cross, One Silkie, One Belgian D'Uccle

Quote:

What is, is what must be.- Richard Adams, Watership down
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post #3 of 4

I moved ours out at 5 weeks old.  They still have a heat lamp in the duck house but are mostly content sunbathing.  They were out in the snow on the weekend and were trying to catch snowflakes *sigh*,  the cold didn't seem to bother them at all.

 

They are mostly feathered but still have down on their heads.

post #4 of 4

Yeah I let one of mine outside when he still had some down on his head but it was around 60 degrees outside.

Ducks

Two Pekin ducks, Two Muscovy ducks

Chickens

One Easter egger, One Cornish cross, One Silkie, One Belgian D'Uccle

Quote:

What is, is what must be.- Richard Adams, Watership down
Reply

Ducks

Two Pekin ducks, Two Muscovy ducks

Chickens

One Easter egger, One Cornish cross, One Silkie, One Belgian D'Uccle

Quote:

What is, is what must be.- Richard Adams, Watership down
Reply
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