Can ducks go overnight without access to water?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wordgirl, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I'm designing my duckhouse for my hypothetical bevy that I would love to have [​IMG] and...in my design the waterer isn't actually inside the house for cleanliness purposes. Will this totally not work? Probably the average time they would spend without water would be from dusk (when they bed down for the night) to eight to ten or so the next morning. During the day they would be able to drink as much as they wanted while they were out and about, but they would be shut in overnight.
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Will they have food available?
     
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Quote:Yes. [​IMG] I should have mentioned that.... [​IMG] And the feeder is inside, so they'd have that overnight.
     
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  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    In that case, I think they'll need water. My duck would start choking if he ate food and didn't drink water right away. [​IMG]
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Ducks have to have water when they eat...
    So if you are feeding them at night...you gotta keep the water in there for them. Sorry.. I know its SO messy!
     
  6. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I didn't even think of that! [​IMG] I'm sure glad I asked you guys! Well then, if they DIDN'T have food overnight, would they be okay?
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:I would think so... yes..
     
  8. RunnerDucks

    RunnerDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, they can survive without water overnight.
    Wild animals rarely have 24/7 access to food and water. Most animals in general are designed to be able to survive short droughts or times without abundant feed. Most diurnal animals don't drink and eat at night anyway. They sleep.
    If I were you I would install an automatic door that opens and closes with the light changes so they won't have to go until 10 AM without water, but even if they do, unless they are sweltering hot, they'll be fine as long as they have unlimited water during the day.

    I would not provide feed if you don't provide water though. It'll dry out their throats and they'll have difficulty getting it down without water. Also, young babies may be an exception, as for most things, the smaller and more active it is, the more frequently they need to eat and drink. Small and active describes ducklings quite well [​IMG]
     
  9. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Some people do look their ducks up without food and water- But my view on the subject is that they do need access to water - and that any night pen arrangements should allow for the provisions of water - especially in the summer months. Ducks can overheat easily- and water is very important to stop this happening in an enclosed area. If you havent build you pen yet- then it will be easy for you to redesign it to allow for the provision of water at night.
     
  10. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
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    I just got a brood of 29 graduated to outside of horse stall.We had problem's getting this new group just to outside and going to pond.All of my previous ducks were graduated to pens in horse stall then let out to water and they all went back to sleep area in stall at night.We have lost 4 out of these because they would go to door and sleep.Last few night's finaly after We lost the one's they have been hopping back in there.I don't keep food or water in there.The duck's will do just fine overnight without water and it's best if you feed them early eve and offer water before bedtime then take it away.
     

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