Brooder Temp too hot in summer?

Twixy

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Jul 13, 2021
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I have week old ducklings. They’ve been kept in a brooder in my garage. The temperature has jumped in the last day and is now 91+ degrees and 88% humidity in the garage. The ducklings were all panting so they’re now in my bathroom. Staying in the house is not sustainable. Any tips on helping get through this hot spell? I don’t have water deep enough for them to swim since they’re so downy still. Can I add a fan to cool them or is 91+ plus degrees ok? I’m worried about overheating them.

side note-any idea if these are Pekin?
 

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shawluvsbirds

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I have week old ducklings. They’ve been kept in a brooder in my garage. The temperature has jumped in the last day and is now 91+ degrees and 88% humidity in the garage. The ducklings were all panting so they’re now in my bathroom. Staying in the house is not sustainable. Any tips on helping get through this hot spell? I don’t have water deep enough for them to swim since they’re so downy still.

side note-any idea if these are Pekin?
I would just keep them in the garage..no heat source necessary with those kinda of temps. In fact maybe a fan would be in order.
I brood my ducks on the cooler side. Like, 85 in the warmest spot on day one.
As long as they can't get soaking wet and it gets real cold they are fine.
 

Twixy

Hatching
Jul 13, 2021
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3
4
I would just keep them in the garage..no heat source necessary with those kinda of temps. In fact maybe a fan would be in order.
I brood my ducks on the cooler side. Like, 85 in the warmest spot on day one.
As long as they can't get soaking wet and it gets real cold they are fine.
Thank you! I’m so worried about it getting too hot snd cooking them. These are my first ducks.
 

shawluvsbirds

🦆Lord luv a Duck!
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Thank you! I’m so worried about it getting too hot snd cooking them. These are my first ducks.
I have honestly learned to worry more about them being too hot and dehydrating then too cool.
You can usually tell if they're too cold if they huddle up and refuse to move.
Since yours are pekin, They tend to overheat faster than others.
I have had some Cayuga ducklings outside since hatch. It was a staggered hatch and I finished some of them in the incubator so the mother did not want to accept them right away.
I separated the mother from them for about a week before I let them all be together again.
Anyway.. I was just telling you that so I could tell you this.
Ducklings are pretty tough.
Temps have fluctuated here like crazy. They have been just fine outside. They had each other to snuggle when it got cool out.
 

Twixy

Hatching
Jul 13, 2021
3
3
4
I have honestly learned to worry more about them being too hot and dehydrating then too cool.
You can usually tell if they're too cold if they huddle up and refuse to move.
Since yours are pekin, They tend to overheat faster than others.
I have had some Cayuga ducklings outside since hatch. It was a staggered hatch and I finished some of them in the incubator so the mother did not want to accept them right away.
I separated the mother from them for about a week before I let them all be together again.
Anyway.. I was just telling you that so I could tell you this.
Ducklings are pretty tough.
Temps have fluctuated here like crazy. They have been just fine outside. They had each other to snuggle when it got cool out.
Ah, ok. So I should probably keep them in the house for the time being since the garage is so hot. We’re in Florida as a note. Thanks for your patience.
 

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