Mama hen pecking ducklings at 4 weeks, but nights are cold!
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I would provide them some sort of heat source because I think that is to cold for 4 week old ducks. They are still not feathered out good enough to keep themselves warm. It sounds like the hen is trying to seperate herself from them. I would take her back to the neighbors before she hurts them and get some heat for the babies.
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What is the house like that you will have them in. asking because I have 11 Runners who just spent their first night on their own with out their mamas and they did fine. They are 3 weeks old. They are in a house that is draft free and I closed up the windows. Lots of deep shavings.Is this a heating mat for poultry?
It's awfully hard to get a response around here. The long and short of what I'm asking is will five four week old ducklings be able to keep each other warm at night when the temperatures are in the 40s? I might be able to put the heating pad I use to germinate my pepper plants in there
I find it hard to get responses to sometimes. I think part of the problem is the headlines go by so fast, unless you see the question as it pops up, it disappears down the list quite rapidly. I don't have the answers, but wanted to acknowledge you at least.
Miss Lydia, the heating mat is for germinating plants. It's a very mild source of heat. It's supposed to take the root area of plants 10-20 degrees above ambient air temperature, so it's not hot at all.
The house is a wooden dog house that I made a wire mesh door for. I put a towel over the door at night