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post #11 of 16
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My two pekins also started panting this last week. They are now about 6 weeks old and are free range with two "pools" and two drinking buckets with poultry nipples.

It's been around 85 to 94 degrees in Northern Florida the past couple of days and I feel badly for the little guys.

The geese and chickens seem just fine but I'm worried the ducks may get too warm in their new coop we just built for night-time use only. Its on a platform and is well ventilated.

Should I just let the water birds stay out at night? We live on 40 acres in a very heavily wooded area...not much in the way of large predators. We have some hawks but rarely they come around.
post #12 of 16

No, they need protection especially at night - if I understand what you were writing about.  do they have water at night?  I set up an area with a sand bottom and water buckets just big enough to sit in if it got really hot - which it did - when they were in their outdoor pen at night.

 

Nowadays they have a little "barn" in the walkout basement that stays below 70F.

 

Ducks also pant when they are nervous - but yours may be too warm.  Storey's Guide says if it is above 70F, they need plenty of shade.  Are they in a shaded area?

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post #13 of 16
I have a year old Pekin that pants at times. Tonight she has been for the last couple of hours. It's only about 62 degrees so I'm guessing it's stress. She still playing with her water which seems to help. Only the Pekin does it. I've never been able to figure out what causes it but it never last too long.
post #14 of 16
They have shade everywhere (we live in a dense forest). The pen the ducks are in at night is 64sq feet and has water plus food. I cannot give them open water at night otherwise their pen is 100% totally drenched by morning. They only time they're in the pen (it's really a house...see pic) is nightly. They have a 5 gallon bucket with poultry nipples in the house at all times which they have used since day old.smile.png

Maybe they are just tense for some reason.
post #15 of 16
I'm beginning to wonder if it's because they get so fat. My pekin pants and he has more of a spare tire around his midsection than my Campbells do.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by molinaln75 View Post

I'm beginning to wonder if it's because they get so fat. My pekin pants and he has more of a spare tire around his midsection than my Campbells do.
mine will pant if she is stressed out.
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