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I live in Florida and have two scovy's that are 4 months old. Though Florida normally has good warm weather it's gonna be cold for a few days (37 degrees is the coldest so far) I'm worried about them being in this cold of weather. I'm new to scovy's is it ok for them to be out in 30 degree weather? They have a little hutch that's made from chicken wire with a tarp over one side of it for protection from wind and rain. Do I need to put them in a crate and bring them in at night?

Mom to 2 great dogs, 1 mischievous cat, 4 adorable chicks, and 1 awesome horse

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post #2 of 12

They should be fine.  Do you have straw or pine shavings for them to snuggle down into?  Mine have been doing just fine out all day in high 20's though they prefer warmer weather & I do close mine in at night so they are out of the wind/rain/snow.

Keeper of Domestic NON-Migratory Muscovy along w/30 Chooks - some named... some not, 6 Kitties - Ari, Tacy, Otis, Boots, Leo,Thomas, 2 Farmcollies - Abby & Ruby, 1 pr. Pilgrim geese- Issac & Lilly + daughter Grace, 9 Calls - Little Joe, Holly, Cassandra, Rose, Zoey, Zach, Zane & 2 youngsters still to be named. 

                                             

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Keeper of Domestic NON-Migratory Muscovy along w/30 Chooks - some named... some not, 6 Kitties - Ari, Tacy, Otis, Boots, Leo,Thomas, 2 Farmcollies - Abby & Ruby, 1 pr. Pilgrim geese- Issac & Lilly + daughter Grace, 9 Calls - Little Joe, Holly, Cassandra, Rose, Zoey, Zach, Zane & 2 youngsters still to be named. 

                                             

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post #3 of 12
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Ok that's a relief! smile they have hay and a box to go in too. Thanks! big_smile

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post #4 of 12

it was getting so cold here in TN that i couldnt bare it no longer and made a sock sweater for my 1 1/2 month old rouen duckling lau i coulnt let him out there without a sweater..........

hope you dont mid a pic hide

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/89286_2012-01-02_160602.jpg
(hes a runt, so he has very few feathers, he also has 3 other ducks to warm up with...)

A small flock of ducks (3 welsh harlequins and a rouen) a pair of american geese, a lovely anatiolian shepherd, and 10 ducklings ariving on march 18th!!!!!!

Come visit the blogs!!!

beforehoneycreekhollow.blogspot.com
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A small flock of ducks (3 welsh harlequins and a rouen) a pair of american geese, a lovely anatiolian shepherd, and 10 ducklings ariving on march 18th!!!!!!

Come visit the blogs!!!

beforehoneycreekhollow.blogspot.com
honeycreekhollow.blogspot.com
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post #5 of 12

I have 4 musovies and are fine i dont even have any hay or shavings for them i would be concerned about predators cause i lost 6 ducks this year from predators

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In east tn here, and very cold!!!, my scovies are cold except when in huge dogloo, or barrel on side, and small med and large dog houses. preds bad and cats chickens pigeons and chickens are always around our three large to huge dogs for protection. we have dog packs, panthers as locals call here (jaguarundy i think how to pronounce), human preds, and something that can't say as sounds crazy and can't believe even seeing that loves something about my scovy when bears mountain lions ect don't.

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by laughingdog View Post

In east tn here, and very cold!!!, my scovies are cold except when in huge dogloo, or barrel on side, and small med and large dog houses. preds bad and cats chickens pigeons and chickens are always around our three large to huge dogs for protection. we have dog packs, panthers as locals call here (jaguarundy i think how to pronounce), human preds, and something that can't say as sounds crazy and can't believe even seeing that loves something about my scovy when bears mountain lions ect don't.

You know you have us curious now, don't you? Something like a yeti? bigfoot creature...

~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks-      

                                                     

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens-

 

 Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

As well as Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

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~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks-      

                                                     

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens-

 

 Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

As well as Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by puppies9099 View Post
 

I have 4 musovies and are fine i dont even have any hay or shavings for them i would be concerned about predators cause i lost 6 ducks this year from predators

What do they sleep on? since you say you haven't any straw or hay? and :welcome  losing that many ducks make me wonder if they have a secure place to be at night and in the day too. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Originally Posted by Going Quackers View Post
 

You know you have us curious now, don't you? Something like a yeti? bigfoot creature...

:pop

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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post #10 of 12
they sleep on the bank and there is this styrofoam that they sleep on too I don't know how I could lose my muscovies I mean I, have a great pyrenees and she guards all night but they took all my males so now I'm looking everywhere trying to find male muscovies for sale lol
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