Thank you for posting this. I had a village chicken keeper tell me that I was abusing my ducks because I didn't have a heat source in their outdoor pen.
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A duck shelter is very important and is protecting your investment. I got started late in the year with my 6 ducks and next year by this time I intend to have better shelter for my 6 ducks. The less stress they have to endure, the more, they can
put out.I got my ducks 1 month ago and it took that long for them to get in better health so they could produce eggs for me. We are in the 20 th century now and our animals become family. I have shelter but it should be better, I have heated water, and heat lamps to keep it available for them to go to, and they do use it. Straw, wood chips, food and water 24 /7. It is very cold here in Washington state right now. At night in the 20`s day time in the 30`s. Winter is harsh and they need help getting through it. I would rather buy duck eggs, but they are not available in my area, so I had to get my own for the eggs. I am allergic to Chicken eggs. Also now I can say I have organic eggs. Some old timers would bring their ducks in side their homes just to help their ducks survive. Or they would process them before the cold set in for the winter.
I am actually old enough to remember my Aunts and Uncles, doing that when they had no electricity. I would really feel bad to loose a duck to the weather.
only problem with using heat , if water fowl or poultry are kept in a well ventilated house out of drafts and elements they really don't need heat supplementation. What happens when they get use to heat and we lose power for weeks We had it happen here when we were out of power for 6 days Thankfully my birds had not had extra heat just their safe well ventilated house to keep them warm and dry. Even my chickens did fine. We had temps down in and below single digit's last Feb. very harsh my birds hunkered down 'outside' even though all their doors were open so they could go in anytime they wanted too.They are tougher than we give them credit.