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post #31 of 36

My babies were outside from 2 weeks on as long as the temp was over 40*, if the temp dropped below overnight i would bring them in, no heat lamp, no food or water overnight. After about 3 weeks or so they were out full time, no food or water overnight, at night i lock them in their coop, allowing them access to their run, and food and water in the morning. They are almost 7 weeks old now and are perfectly fine, they never acted uncomfortable, actually we got some snow yesterday and they free ranged with me while i was out with my son and didnt ever seem phased by the snow! 

post #32 of 36

My Khaki Campbells  are 4 weeks old now.  I have three.  I live in New England, USA.  Do you think that it is okay to put them out on sunny days also.  They really are a messy group.  I change their shavings everyday.  Do they need food and water all throught the night still if not how often?

post #33 of 36

They can go outside , and no they don't need food and water overnight at that age. 

post #34 of 36

 

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

 

There are some different lines of thought about that.  Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks says when they are "several weeks old" they can do without food and water overnight, around 8 hours.

 

Some of us interpret that as to wait till they're closer to 2 months old before removing food and water overnight.

 

At 4 weeks old, the recommended temperature for them is 90 minus (4 times 5) is 70F.  So on a mild, sunny day, out of the wind, if it's going to be mid 60s, that is probably fine.

 

As for dealing with water mess indoors,  take a look at these things.

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post #35 of 36
We have 2 Rouen ducklings & 1 pekin. 3 weeks old tomorrow. Next week is supposed to be 60s during the day & 40s at night- from previous comments it sounds like they could move outside w shelter etc?
post #36 of 36

I put my four ducklings out at three weeks of age, in our transition pen.  We rigged up a heat lamp to keep them warm, and hay.  They didn't seem too bothered about being outside besides the noises.  The temperature didn't really seem to phase them.  Then again, I live in Florida.  But at night time it's been between 50's-60's.

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