Are ducks cold hardy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chicks Galore3, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I want to get 2 or 3 Khaki Campbell ducks next spring and am wondering how cold hardy they are - I live in Iowa and below zero temperatures are not uncommon. I have chickens, and they do fine, but wondering if ducks can handle cold temps.
     
  2. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in WI and my ducks do fine. We had some -15 and colder last winter. I just put heat lamps in the coop and all was good.
     
  3. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Khakis are real hardy birds, but if it's below freezing you may wanna keep them cooped. Case in point: 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub. RIP Miss Icecovy + however many other frostbitten ducks he lost due to carelessness :/
     
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  4. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I did have to keep mine in some days. Also you need to keep water thawed for them. More then chickens need.
     
  5. sunnyfishy

    sunnyfishy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our ducks made it through winter just fine up here in NH--we had just two pekins at the time, and they often wanted to be out even in pretty cold weather. Temps here did get all the way down to -30 on the worst nights, but we had them cooped and they were alright. Keeping water thawed worked well with one of those electric water-warmers, but we lost power and all the water froze on at least one occasion (though only overnight, so it really wasn't a huge problem).
     
  6. Glenda Sue

    Glenda Sue Out Of The Brooder

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    I grew up in Pennsylvania next to a spring fed lake. Ducks lived there all year round without any problems. The lake would freeze about half way over in winter. I read if you live in an area that gets excessive cold you should have a draft free shelter for them. Wouldn't hurt to put in a heat lamp for when the bad cold hits.
     

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