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Anyone ever raised ducklings in the winter before?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lovesgliders, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I saw Metzer (whose website I have been stalking) had a few select breeds available for the week of Jan 16th, I jumped at the chance. I just love ducklings and I have missed having them around, and the weeks and months 'till spring have been dragging.

    I got two WHs and a buff, all females.

    They will obviously be indoors until fully feathered, but I guess I am wondering after that, what a general guideline of ourdoor daytime/nighttime temps would have to be to be safe for them? Can they move out once they are fully feathered or do I have to slowly acclimate them, etc? I have only raised ducklings in the spring and summer so I am unsure how to go about this.

    Note: I am fine with keeping them inside as long as they need to be. I LOVE houseducks and would have some if not for my husband, who isn't so keen on them. LOL

    And of course, there will be lots of PICTURES once they arrive! [​IMG] I am excited to balance out my flock. Right now I have two drakes and a hen and they smother her with attention; pretty soon the drakes will have two ladies each!
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Once they are a few weeks old you can move them outside as long as they are in a draft free area with a heat lamp.
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Do they really ship ducklings in the middle of winter or are you picking them up??

    I have been hatching year round for the last few years and genera;;y in winter the ducklings are inside until about 8 weeks old. They then go into the shed for a few weeks before joining the flock. I start off on a weekend leaving them out for the day on Saturday but bringing them back in for the night- but sunday they stay out permanently. Not much time to acclimatize- but they are fully sheltered and out of drafts. Here where I live it doesnt often get below freezing - so snow is something I have never had to deal with as well.

    Keeping them inside longer will keep them tamer as well - I pretty much get guided by smell rather than age with hen I put mine outside. Three dont make the air to bad. Im sure your current female will be glad for the company once your babies are grown.
     
  4. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    Quote:It's unusually warm this year, I don't think ducklings will have a problem traveling.
     

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