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How do you Keep ducks in the winter ?

post #1 of 89
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Hi I live in Canada and would like to keep ducks in winter ? I cant afford to use a heat lamp for a whole winter and the breed im planning on getting is pekins.


Edited by chicken crazed 1o1 - 1/25/12 at 3:14pm
This was my 2010 flock :  3 Silkies, 2 Japenease bantams,2 Black sex link hens , 1 Hamburg Hen , 1 White  cochin Hen , 1 Japenease bantam chick ,  1 Red Silkie chick,1 Dark grey Silkie chick,  japxserights   2011  flock : 2 Rabbits  2 polish 3 Silkie chicks 2 d'Uccle  1 is a cross and the other isnt
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This was my 2010 flock :  3 Silkies, 2 Japenease bantams,2 Black sex link hens , 1 Hamburg Hen , 1 White  cochin Hen , 1 Japenease bantam chick ,  1 Red Silkie chick,1 Dark grey Silkie chick,  japxserights   2011  flock : 2 Rabbits  2 polish 3 Silkie chicks 2 d'Uccle  1 is a cross and the other isnt
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post #2 of 89
While I am not in Canada, I live in Kentucky. We can get a bit cold for a while, not Canada cold, but... Anyway, I have pekins. They are yard ducks with a converted outhouse for shelter should they choose to use it. I do not pen them or keep them locked up in ant way. During winter I provide small windbreaks throughout the yard. They don't use their house, ever.

I have found the hardest thing about ducks in winter is keeping their water from freezing. They MUST have water at all times.

Did you know ducks "swim" in snow. Strangest thing I ever saw one morning taking fresh water out I saw swirly paths in the snow. They looked like someone had a mixing bowl and was pushing it around and around in the yard, but there were no footprints. I saw the ducks laying in the snow and then they started moving... Funny stuff.

To provide them with greens I give them any and all lettuce scraps or I buy the discount veggies and throw them around. I have friends save all of their green scraps too.

In case I wasn't clear, I do not provide heat or light for these girls. It may be something that other Canadian duck keepers can advise you about.

1 husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 cat, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 7 turkeys, too many chickens of all ages and stages, and bunches of fish... Do you wonder why I'm nutts?

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1 husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 cat, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 7 turkeys, too many chickens of all ages and stages, and bunches of fish... Do you wonder why I'm nutts?

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post #3 of 89
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Thank you

This was my 2010 flock :  3 Silkies, 2 Japenease bantams,2 Black sex link hens , 1 Hamburg Hen , 1 White  cochin Hen , 1 Japenease bantam chick ,  1 Red Silkie chick,1 Dark grey Silkie chick,  japxserights   2011  flock : 2 Rabbits  2 polish 3 Silkie chicks 2 d'Uccle  1 is a cross and the other isnt
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This was my 2010 flock :  3 Silkies, 2 Japenease bantams,2 Black sex link hens , 1 Hamburg Hen , 1 White  cochin Hen , 1 Japenease bantam chick ,  1 Red Silkie chick,1 Dark grey Silkie chick,  japxserights   2011  flock : 2 Rabbits  2 polish 3 Silkie chicks 2 d'Uccle  1 is a cross and the other isnt
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post #4 of 89

I live in northern Ohio and we get some prettey cold winters, although not this year yesss.gif. My ducks are in a covered avairy with access to an inside pen. I do make them go inside when it is going to below freezing, which doesn't make them happy,  but I don't provide heat lamps. I do keep their water font on a heated base so it doesn't freeze.  Good luck.

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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post #5 of 89

I'm in Canada..

 

Mine all go into a barn at night, it's a wood floor, with rubber stall mats and then bedded with shavings, i also put straw in the "nesting" areas.

 

I do have a heat lamp in there but it's not costly to run.. i found it became needed when we shot down to -30(add windchills to that as well) as i had some cold birds.. you'll also likely need a heated water bucket.. i know we do.. for the most part my birds do fine only the bitter cold sends things off the rails.. on those super bad days i have actually kept them in however in the more moderate cold.. -10 i let them out...(they free range)

 

I only have Muscovy so i have to mind the fleshy parts on the faces, they are touch more vulnerable than some other breeds because of that.

 

 


Edited by Going Quackers - 1/26/12 at 9:31am

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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 #6 of 89

I'm in Canada, a zone lower than you. Ducks don't need a heatlamp (unless there are only banny ducks), as long as they are kep sheltered.

post #7 of 89

Are you talking Celsius or Fahrenheit temps?  -10 F is NOT moderate, it's dangerous!  (Says the guy living in the desert.)  lol.png

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Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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Are you talking Celsius or Fahrenheit temps?  -10 F is NOT moderate, it's dangerous!  (Says the guy living in the desert.)  lol.png



 

Celsius..  -10C = 14F which they do fine in but when we hit -20C so -4F or worse when we went -30C so -22F My ducks were showing signs of being cold.. (shaking/shivering) i know and have read numerous statements of "they don't need heat" BUT my birds were telling me otherwise so i went with that,  short of knitting sweaters lol.png it was the right step(adding my heat lamp)..

 

I think one has to follow what their animals are telling them, and then act accordingly..  hu.gif

 

And if your warm.. like desert warm my temps would feel pretty darn cold.. although do you drop down at night? i know some desert areas do but no idea if all of them are part of it... i've only been in this country never left it ... hide.gif


Edited by Going Quackers - 1/26/12 at 11:42am

~ 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.

Reply
post #9 of 89
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Originally Posted by Going Quackers View Post



 

Celsius..  -10C = 14F which they do fine in but when we hit -20C so -4F or worse when we went -30C so -22F My ducks were showing signs of being cold.. (shaking/shivering) i know and have read numerous statements of "they don't need heat" BUT my birds were telling me otherwise so i went with that,  short of knitting sweaters lol.png it was the right step(adding my heat lamp)..

 

I think one has to follow what their animals are telling them, and then act accordingly..  hu.gif



Yep. Last winter I put my silkie chickens outside at 6 weeks, and it was a cold one. It stayed in the negatives all day, and in the negative teens at night for a few weeks. They did just fine, no heat lamp. Ducks can deal with cold weather even better, so unless it's ridiculously cold I wouldn't worry. The only thing I worry about is making sure they have access to fresh, unfrozen water which can be a pain with temps that low.

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Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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post #10 of 89
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Yep. Last winter I put my silkie chickens outside at 6 weeks, and it was a cold one. It stayed in the negatives all day, and in the negative teens at night for a few weeks. They did just fine, no heat lamp. Ducks can deal with cold weather even better, so unless it's ridiculously cold I wouldn't worry. The only thing I worry about is making sure they have access to fresh, unfrozen water which can be a pain with temps that low.



So then mine shivering/shaking wasn't a sign of them being cold? and yes the water has to be "plugged" in after certain temps otherwise they get a skating rink which leaves them less than impressed lol

~ 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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