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Can my ducklings go outside yet?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PrinceSandwich, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 Rouen and Rouen cross ducklings. I got them when they were just a couple days old. I've never brooded standard size ducks before ( only call ducks) and I didn't expect them to get so big! They are way to big for their brooder ( the biggest one I have!), and have started pulling each others back feathers out, and their brooder neeeds to be cleaned very often. They are 1 month old. I know you are to wait 6 weeks, but can they go out now? Its starting to get cold here ( sometimes freezes at night).
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Time to kick them out for sure, and no more heat lamp. I put mine out as soon as they are 2.5 weeks old, but keep them still warm at night. They should still have about 60 degrees at night. In two weeks I would not even worry about 50 at night. Once they are 3 months they don't need any more heat at all. For now kick them out in the daytime.
     

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