Call ducklings - when to go outside?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gryeyes, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The babies are almost fully fledged - just some of their wing "finger" feathers are still sheathed. I don't want to shock them with a sudden change in temperature. They are in a brooder in my bathroom but I've taken away the heat lamp two days ago, although there is one over a second brooder with small chicks in it, also in the bathroom. So the room itself stays around high sixties (I keep my house cool). The outside temps here are low fifties during the day and mid to high forties at night... so far. I've got a smallish coop-ish sort of of facility for them, and LOTS of pine shavings.

    There are four of them, and they're about six weeks old . I kept my Cayuga pair inside until they were 8 weeks old... but that was in the Spring. How much longer should I keep them inside?
  2. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

    Oct 22, 2009
    Personally, I'd go ahead and get them out, at least during the day, for several days and then start leaving them out at night with a heat lamp to warm themselves under if necessary. They should be fine, especially with all those feathers. I doubt you'll see them under the lamp much, because they're already probably too hot.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

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