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Feeding my ducks in the winter

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I have four Indian runners, I only know what I've learned from here re ducks.  Now in the winter its gets cold here, I have made a wonder coop and yard for them.  Now for the winter I know they need water, I'm wondering do you guys have any ideas of what kind of water bowl and food bowl would be good to put in their coop, also so it doesn't get too wet in there, I know they make a mess with their water lol any advice on taking care of them in the winter would be appreciated also.

Collen from beautiful Ontario Canada
Mom to Ozzy white 9 yr old Boxer boy, Diesel 11 month old long haired German Shepherd
Cadbury 3 yr old lop bunny and my Peeps
Two skin kids, Bruce and Scott and the best DH in the world
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Collen from beautiful Ontario Canada
Mom to Ozzy white 9 yr old Boxer boy, Diesel 11 month old long haired German Shepherd
Cadbury 3 yr old lop bunny and my Peeps
Two skin kids, Bruce and Scott and the best DH in the world
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post #2 of 8

I'm in MN so it gets cold here too, I still don't put water in the coop even in winter I just go out once or twice a day and give them warm water in a large type tub that is in there pen I pretty much know how many gallons they drink a day, I also have used a heated dog water bowl outside but you have to make sure it doesn't run dry or they burn out

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post #3 of 8

Heated water buckets are the best friend to duck keepers, they have them at TSC and on line and probably most larger feed stores. But even then I don't put water or feed inside their house at night or day. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 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 17 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..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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Does this mean you just feed and water them during the day??

Collen from beautiful Ontario Canada
Mom to Ozzy white 9 yr old Boxer boy, Diesel 11 month old long haired German Shepherd
Cadbury 3 yr old lop bunny and my Peeps
Two skin kids, Bruce and Scott and the best DH in the world
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Collen from beautiful Ontario Canada
Mom to Ozzy white 9 yr old Boxer boy, Diesel 11 month old long haired German Shepherd
Cadbury 3 yr old lop bunny and my Peeps
Two skin kids, Bruce and Scott and the best DH in the world
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post #5 of 8

i only have food out for my ducks during the day.  i used to put food and water in with them in their coop at night, but it just got too messy. So now i just put water in for them.  i use those plastic bins, like you use in your sink to wash dishes in.  Seems to be a good size for water or for food.  It doesn't get super cold here, so i can't make any suggestions for keeping the water unfrozen.

Colleen
EE, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Porcelain D'Uccle, Bantam Salmon Faverolle, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians, Ducks.

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Colleen
EE, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Porcelain D'Uccle, Bantam Salmon Faverolle, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians, Ducks.

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post #6 of 8

I use heated buckets, the smaller ones... i am odd i do keep water and food in the barn at night but that is mainly due to my sometimes unexpected delay as i have kids to get off to schools most morning. I like the small livestock rubber bowls best for feed as they clean easily and can be flipped, flopped and basically abused lol


Edited by Going Quackers - 9/11/12 at 4:12pm

~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks-                                                            Chickens-

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin          Ameraucana, 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-                                                            Chickens-

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin          Ameraucana, Silkies, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

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

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post #7 of 8

what my Mom did for our ducks, is she took the wire protector top thing off a Tank heater for horses, and wired it onto a heated cat food dish for their water, so they cant jump in it and bathe in it.  :)  For food, we just use a cake pan, and if it's really cold, we will put warm water from the sink in the house in their food.  the only problem with that tho is they waste alot.


Edited by TommyDaDelaware - 9/11/12 at 6:06pm
My Chicken Count: 2 Bantam Delawares, 2 Red Sex Links, 15-20 Black sex links, 8 Turkens, 1 Black-Tailed white Japanese Bantam, 1 gold laced Cochin Bantam, 2 blue Old English Game Bantams, 2 Lemon Blue Old English Game Bantams, 2 barred Rocks, 2 New Hampshires, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Polish, and 8 Easter Eggers, 15 Cornish Cross Broilers...To think, it all came from 10 Red Sex links!! 
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My Chicken Count: 2 Bantam Delawares, 2 Red Sex Links, 15-20 Black sex links, 8 Turkens, 1 Black-Tailed white Japanese Bantam, 1 gold laced Cochin Bantam, 2 blue Old English Game Bantams, 2 Lemon Blue Old English Game Bantams, 2 barred Rocks, 2 New Hampshires, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Polish, and 8 Easter Eggers, 15 Cornish Cross Broilers...To think, it all came from 10 Red Sex links!! 
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Does this mean you just feed and water them during the day??

yes 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 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..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 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..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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