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Hi There! I am in WI also...

Question about winter, runners and ducks in general...

 

This past weekend we got 6" snow and it got cold really fast (a couple nights easily 10-15*F).  I felt I did things right for feed, light, nest, straw, water, etc. 

My question is, when they take their little spa bath from the water bowl in the morning, their feathers would have a bit of frosty/ice like spots on them.  They looked so cold! If I had ice on me like that, I would be....

Is this normal for ducks to have a little ice on them?  Not blobs, just droplets. 

I know it was cold enough for them to sit on their feet when foraging, so I put them in their night coop for a bit to warm up.

 

I will post new winter coop set up pics when I get them out of my phone.: )

'Temps are up yesterday and today- rain expected for Thanksgiving.

If there is a way to keep them out of their spa bath on those kind of morning I sure would.  I use heated buckets and place a board over half of it so they can't climb in just keep their heads inside.

 

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Hi There! I am in WI also...

Question about winter, runners and ducks in general...

 

This past weekend we got 6" snow and it got cold really fast (a couple nights easily 10-15*F).  I felt I did things right for feed, light, nest, straw, water, etc. 

My question is, when they take their little spa bath from the water bowl in the morning, their feathers would have a bit of frosty/ice like spots on them.  They looked so cold! If I had ice on me like that, I would be....

Is this normal for ducks to have a little ice on them?  Not blobs, just droplets. 

I know it was cold enough for them to sit on their feet when foraging, so I put them in their night coop for a bit to warm up.

 

I will post new winter coop set up pics when I get them out of my phone.: )

'Temps are up yesterday and today- rain expected for Thanksgiving.

If there is a way to keep them out of their spa bath on those kind of morning I sure would.  I use heated buckets and place a board over half of it so they can't climb in just keep their heads inside.

Hi Ms. Lydia,

Thanks for the info.  They have an approx 2-3 gal. kitty litter jug I cut one large side out of (retaining a lip to keep water in).  They do not climb in any of their water bowls (I have them set so they cannot).  They do the "bath at the sink" kind of thing... head in, bring water up and over their backs, etc.  So they are getting their daily bathing time, but the water was freezing a bit on them.  It was below 20*F.  They seemed to be fine, I was just not used to seeing that and wanted to know if it was ok. 

 

Still getting 4 eggs a day without adding a lot of supplemental light.  Feeding 18% poultry pellets, giving extra calcium, some niacin (left over from duckling stage) and some cat kibbles blended in with pellets on those colder days/nights.  We have a basement window that is in their pen, and we can check on them at their level (it's pretty fun). They tap on the window with their beaks!

1 dear husband,3 great kids, and the pets... a Westie, a Kitty, and the new duckies! 2 WH,2 Choc Runner all hens.

Living in wonderful WI and now enjoying fresh duck eggs daily. : )

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1 dear husband,3 great kids, and the pets... a Westie, a Kitty, and the new duckies! 2 WH,2 Choc Runner all hens.

Living in wonderful WI and now enjoying fresh duck eggs daily. : )

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post #22 of 26
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Hi Ms. Lydia,

Thanks for the info.  They have an approx 2-3 gal. kitty litter jug I cut one large side out of (retaining a lip to keep water in).  They do not climb in any of their water bowls (I have them set so they cannot).  They do the "bath at the sink" kind of thing... head in, bring water up and over their backs, etc.  So they are getting their daily bathing time, but the water was freezing a bit on them.  It was below 20*F.  They seemed to be fine, I was just not used to seeing that and wanted to know if it was ok. 

 

Still getting 4 eggs a day without adding a lot of supplemental light.  Feeding 18% poultry pellets, giving extra calcium, some niacin (left over from duckling stage) and some cat kibbles blended in with pellets on those colder days/nights.  We have a basement window that is in their pen, and we can check on them at their level (it's pretty fun). They tap on the window with their beaks!

The other morning it was in the low 20's my ganders neck feathers were frozen where he had put his head and neck down into his 5 gal bucket . it's a good thing they are well insulated isn't it. Mine do the laying down on their feet and legs foraging too. I'd say it is much colder where you are than here in Mid south though. I'd love to see some pics of your set up when you can.  That is awesome your still getting eggs, my Muscovy's stopped laying in Oct and I won't see any eggs from them till probably next March. Hopefully my chickens will start back laying soon since they are finally through molt.  I miss fresh eggs. 

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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post #23 of 26
Sadly, one of my two ducks was killed this week. I plan to shore up the coop for her and I think she's young enough and has grown up around chickens, goats and people so won't be too lonely. Any additional tips to keep her warm and happy as it get cold?
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post #24 of 26
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Sadly, one of my two ducks was killed this week. I plan to shore up the coop for her and I think she's young enough and has grown up around chickens, goats and people so won't be too lonely. Any additional tips to keep her warm and happy as it get cold?

@campchickens I'm sorry about your duck what happened?  I'd make it top priority to shore up the coop because if it was a predator they will return until you have none left alive. 

 

As for making sure she has all she needs, mainly a secure house out of the elements no need to heat if good and solid and has adequate ventilation. She will be lonely though why not look on Craigslist and see if you can get her a buddy?

 

They need to have water  daily that isn't frozen I use heated buckets other here do to. even my chickens use the buckets since chicken waterers would freeze.  over night isn't necessary. But it's important they can wash their nares out often.

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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post #25 of 26
I'm definitely careful about fresh water, even when below freezing. Not sure what got the other guy, but I'm hoping she'll be happy with her chicken friends. She and the other duck (male) spent the first month of their lives together with a rooster chick in a Pack and Play in my apartment, so she and the roaster so pal around. I do want more ducks and would love to get her some friends, but now we're getting off topic.

Coop is secure, just not winterized yet. Project for this week. I guess I just need to block the elements? Will she be warm enough? She hasn't shown any inclination toward building a nest, or going into the roost with her chicken friends.
Summer Camp and Outdoor Education in central VA, home to a mixed flock of chickens, ducks, and guineas. Fun times!
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post #26 of 26
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I'm definitely careful about fresh water, even when below freezing. Not sure what got the other guy, but I'm hoping she'll be happy with her chicken friends. She and the other duck (male) spent the first month of their lives together with a rooster chick in a Pack and Play in my apartment, so she and the roaster so pal around. I do want more ducks and would love to get her some friends, but now we're getting off topic.

Coop is secure, just not winterized yet. Project for this week. I guess I just need to block the elements? Will she be warm enough? She hasn't shown any inclination toward building a nest, or going into the roost with her chicken friends.


They have down under their feathers so if she has a coop where she can get out of the rain sleet snow and blowing wind of winter she should be fine. Make sure there is ventilation at the top of your coop for warm moist air to exit and a way for fresh air to enter with out drafts blowing over your duck and chickens.  You may have to walk behind her and guide her inside so she'll be safe at night. 

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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