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post #1 of 6
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My ducklings will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday.  I have them in a brooder box in the basement with a heat lamp (which has been raised way up).  What temperature does it need to be outside for them to be ok?  They haven't started getting their feathers yet.

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Mine went outside at 2 weeks with a heat lamp (they never used it) and 25 degree temps.  They did just fine!  I think we baby them too much and forget they are wild animals.  They will just huddle if they get hold, hec, they do that all the time anyway!

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25 degree temps and I'm worried about 50-60?  he  Guess where they're going this weekend?!!!!  ya  Thank you so much!

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post #4 of 6

I am in Colorado.  Mine went out into a brooder house at 3-4 weeks with a heat lamp at night.  Ducks are a lot more cold tolerant than chickens.

post #5 of 6
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Mine will be in a chain link dog pen with a wooden box for a shelter.  I can't put a heat lamp out there which is why I was hesitating.  The temps here have been in the 40's-50's at night, and anywhere from 50-85 during the day (in Ohio, it just depends on the day LOL.)  There are 5 of them so I think they should be ok.  They are getting cramped in their brooder box and I'm getting tired of the soppy wet mess.

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post #6 of 6

I have four ducks that are four weeks old. They have been outside for two nights now. Temps were40-45. I also have a dog box and they were in there sleepng when I checked. No heat lamp. I put shavings in the dog box and hay on top of that.

Yes I was worried the first night but they are doing fine. Good luck!

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