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First year with ducks over the winter.  Going through more pine shavings now, but will have plenty of carbon material for the gardens, which was lacking.


The used duck bedding has been a great blessing for my projects (c:

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At what temperature should I put a heat lamp in the coop?

My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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Our heat lamp currently goes on at 20F off at 30F (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M4ZJ6Y/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)  The ducks mostly avoid it and won't make use of it until it gets below 0F.

 

It is currently 1F Tevye is under the lamp (he is the flock wimp and I don't know why, he is so fluffy)  Rhiannon and Noir are at the edge, and the other 11 are avoiding the lamp as much as possible.

15 ducks (Click to show)
4 Runners: Entie (Faun & White), Dove (Chocolate), Mystique (Blue) and Noir (Black)
3 Rouens: Tella, Ettie and the Drake Kaine
2 Swedish: Roxette (Blue) and Greta (Black)
1 Cayuga: Pocahontas
1 Buff Orpington: Latte
1 Khaki Campbell: Casey
1 Welsh Harlequin: Rhiannon
1 Pekin: Allie
1 White Crested Drake: Tevye

Sugar Momma & Daddy: Yvonne, Tony

Check out our baby book:jumpy.gifhtt...jumpy.gif

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15 ducks (Click to show)
4 Runners: Entie (Faun & White), Dove (Chocolate), Mystique (Blue) and Noir (Black)
3 Rouens: Tella, Ettie and the Drake Kaine
2 Swedish: Roxette (Blue) and Greta (Black)
1 Cayuga: Pocahontas
1 Buff Orpington: Latte
1 Khaki Campbell: Casey
1 Welsh Harlequin: Rhiannon
1 Pekin: Allie
1 White Crested Drake: Tevye

Sugar Momma & Daddy: Yvonne, Tony

Check out our baby book:jumpy.gifhtt...jumpy.gif

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post #17254 of 19346
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Originally Posted by Tevyes Dad View Post

Our heat lamp currently goes on at 20F off at 30F (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M4ZJ6Y/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)  The ducks mostly avoid it and won't make use of it until it gets below 0F.

It is currently 1F Tevye is under the lamp (he is the flock wimp and I don't know why, he is so fluffy)  Rhiannon and Noir are at the edge, and the other 11 are avoiding the lamp as much as possible.

Okay thank you! I might buy that.

My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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post #17255 of 19346
Make sure you are very fire and electricity consious when you introduce a heat lamp. Put everything outside their reach and away from where mice or other pests could mess with it. I've heard horror stories about coops burning. If we didnt get below 0F, i wouldn't have one (we are supposed to hit -20F this week). If you can't avoid mice completely, you can run pvc pretty cheap to protect the wires. Just being the voice of caution.
15 ducks (Click to show)
4 Runners: Entie (Faun & White), Dove (Chocolate), Mystique (Blue) and Noir (Black)
3 Rouens: Tella, Ettie and the Drake Kaine
2 Swedish: Roxette (Blue) and Greta (Black)
1 Cayuga: Pocahontas
1 Buff Orpington: Latte
1 Khaki Campbell: Casey
1 Welsh Harlequin: Rhiannon
1 Pekin: Allie
1 White Crested Drake: Tevye

Sugar Momma & Daddy: Yvonne, Tony

Check out our baby book:jumpy.gifhtt...jumpy.gif

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15 ducks (Click to show)
4 Runners: Entie (Faun & White), Dove (Chocolate), Mystique (Blue) and Noir (Black)
3 Rouens: Tella, Ettie and the Drake Kaine
2 Swedish: Roxette (Blue) and Greta (Black)
1 Cayuga: Pocahontas
1 Buff Orpington: Latte
1 Khaki Campbell: Casey
1 Welsh Harlequin: Rhiannon
1 Pekin: Allie
1 White Crested Drake: Tevye

Sugar Momma & Daddy: Yvonne, Tony

Check out our baby book:jumpy.gifhtt...jumpy.gif

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We are supposed to have a low of -25 Saturday night, other than heat lamps what can help them keep warm?

             1 Mallard, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Fawn & White Indian Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 1 Wood Duck,

        1 Welsh Harlequin, 1 Rouen, 5 Crossbreed Ducks,  and 17 Pigeons! First time incubating DUCK EGGS!!!

John 14:6: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

                                                      

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             1 Mallard, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Fawn & White Indian Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 1 Wood Duck,

        1 Welsh Harlequin, 1 Rouen, 5 Crossbreed Ducks,  and 17 Pigeons! First time incubating DUCK EGGS!!!

John 14:6: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

                                                      

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We have 1 ancona and 1 muscovy- both females. We don't use heat lamps in the upstate NY winter. We use the deep litter method with straw in the nesting boxes. The coop consists of a rectangular box enclosed with 1/4 inch hardware cloth on all 4 sides with hemlock wood boards all the way around (with a door that can be a window and a second window that can close for ventilation). When it's below 20 F outside- all windows are closed- there's still some gaps so it's not air tight but I sometimes wonder if I should leave a window cracked for air flow but then worry about too cold of drafts. Any thoughts? It's under our sunroom which projects off the back of the house and provides additional overhead coverage from the elements. I refresh the bedding daily so it's dry. We have a heater for their small bathing basin outside the coop area. They usually do fine except for when it gets to be single digits and bad wind chill they look miserable (but I'm not sure that they're as bothered as I tend to think they are). In those cases we bring them inside for a cold shower so they can acclimate to the warmer indoor temp and get some reprieve from the cold.

 

The main reason I don't use heat in the coop is artificial lighting throwing off their natural laying cycles. My ancona has had egg binding tendencies and I don't want to tax her system by introducing supplemental lighting. She has stopped laying and I am glad- she is an avid layer- 1 per day every day until the days became shorter. Her body needs a break...plus it'll help her conserve energy she needs to stay warm. 

 

Can another experienced duck owner weigh in on what outdoor temperature and weather conditions, with the housing situation I've mentioned above, a duck would need reprieve from the cold?

 

@Miss Lydia what are signs of near frost bit caruncles on muscovy? 


Edited by Mudbillkisses - 12/13/16 at 3:57pm
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We are supposed to have a low of -25 Saturday night, other than heat lamps what can help them keep warm?

What is their shelter situation?

post #17259 of 19346
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Originally Posted by Tevyes Dad View Post

Make sure you are very fire and electricity consious when you introduce a heat lamp. Put everything outside their reach and away from where mice or other pests could mess with it. I've heard horror stories about coops burning. If we didnt get below 0F, i wouldn't have one (we are supposed to hit -20F this week). If you can't avoid mice completely, you can run pvc pretty cheap to protect the wires. Just being the voice of caution.

Okay, I don't have any mice problems.

Thanks!

My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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My ducks! 

1 Buff, 2 Calls, and three Mallards! And 4 Call ducklings coming soon! RIP Merlin. YouTube channel about my birds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWQBJkVbyJd3qDqQgtiamg

 

Romans 10:9: That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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post #17260 of 19346
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Originally Posted by Mudbillkisses View Post
 

We have 1 ancona and 1 muscovy- both females. We don't use heat lamps in the upstate NY winter. We use the deep litter method with straw in the nesting boxes. The coop consists of a rectangular box enclosed with 1/4 inch hardware cloth on all 4 sides with hemlock wood boards all the way around (with a door that can be a window and a second window that can close for ventilation). When it's below 20 F outside- all windows are closed- there's still some gaps so it's not air tight but I sometimes wonder if I should leave a window cracked for air flow but then worry about too cold of drafts. Any thoughts? It's under our sunroom which projects off the back of the house and provides additional overhead coverage from the elements. I refresh the bedding daily so it's dry. We have a heater for their small bathing basin outside the coop area. They usually do fine except for when it gets to be single digits and bad wind chill they look miserable (but I'm not sure that they're as bothered as I tend to think they are). In those cases we bring them inside for a cold shower so they can acclimate to the warmer indoor temp and get some reprieve from the cold.

 

The main reason I don't use heat in the coop is artificial lighting throwing off their natural laying cycles. My ancona has had egg binding tendencies and I don't want to tax her system by introducing supplemental lighting. She has stopped laying and I am glad- she is an avid layer- 1 per day every day until the days became shorter. Her body needs a break...plus it'll help her conserve energy she needs to stay warm. 

 

Can another experienced duck owner weigh in on what outdoor temperature and weather conditions, with the housing situation I've mentioned above, a duck would need reprieve from the cold?

 

@Miss Lydia what are signs of near frost bit caruncles on muscovy? 

@Mudbillkisses  the only part of my drake and females carnucles was the knob right on top of the bill. It swelled some and was red but never turned black. My female got over it fine my drake still has obvious scares but nothing other than that. I really think dunking their heads in the water bucket and the frigid air hitting it may have caused the frost bite.

 

I wouldn't add supplemental lighting Just make sure they have a place out of the wind and severe cold. They may not want to use it but when it gets into lower teens and singles I make mine go inside early.  They have heated buckets and dry food inside for really frigid temps.  To keep them from making a totoal wreck of their house i put a board over top of the buckets so they can only get their head inside for a drink not a bath.  lol  If your house isn't air tight they are probably getting enough air flow. i keep one window on the south side open at the top about 4 inches to let out moisture they create.

 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 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..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

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 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 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..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

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