Can my ducklings go outside?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by iYammmz, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. iYammmz

    iYammmz Just Hatched

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    I have 2 magpie ducklings, they are 3 and half weeks old and they are stinking up the house. I have a coop waiting for them outside, can they go outside?
    Here in temperate England the night temperature drops to a minimum of 12°C (53.6°F) but it's usually warmer. They have newspaper and hay bedding.
     
  2. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    That's a good question .. I have 7 khaki cambell ducklings and they are about a week old now .. my.house stinks and the brooder they are in is getting a bit like a sardine tin lol. I'm also.new to all of this so I don't have much of an idea [​IMG][​IMG]. And after reading some other posts on here about ducks drowning and and dying I'm worried and don't think I ever want to let them go outside. They're like my babies hehe [​IMG]
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes - all those babies can go outside! yesterday!

    For the 2, you might want to bring them in if it is going to be cold since there are only 2, so not a lot of extra warmth when it gets chilly, but they should feathering well.

    Week old ducklings - you might need to provide some supplemental heat at night for another week or so, but with 7, they can huddle together for extra warmth as well.


    If your coops do not have electricity and it is close enough, you can run an extension cord to get them some heat for the chilly nights.


    I don't brood ducklings in the house and chicks are kicked out by the time they are a week old. They stink the place up and I'm allergic to the buggers, so outside they go.
     
  4. iYammmz

    iYammmz Just Hatched

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    What counts as a chilly night?

    Also I checked on them since I put them in and their feet were really warm and they were shaking. What does that mean?
     

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