Can My Ducks Get Sick???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pax12, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. pax12

    pax12 Songster

    Feb 7, 2008
    My ducks are almost 4 months old and been outside in the rain and are soaked in mud and water. It goes down to around 19 degrees tonight will my ducks be okay?? and I'm not sure if all the feathers are waterproof yet and I don't want to go down there tomorrow morning and see dead ducks... Am I fine or should I take them in and dry them off????

  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Songster

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    If you can, then yes I would bring them in for awhile to get dry. By 4 months, they should be waterproof. But they should not be "soaked" . Ducks are tough, strong creatures, and their resilience will surprise you, but that being said, they absolutely need a shelter to get into with deep bedding when it is cold. They don't need a heater, but my opinion is that they will be much more comfortable in sub-freezing temperatures if they are dry.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I agree do they have shelter?
    if so put them inside out of the elements. if they can snuggle down into some dry bedding they will be much happier.
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Sometimes ducks get soaked instead of shedding water, and their diet has something to do with that. I have been adding flax meal to my runners' feed for a few months, and see that their feather condition and ability to shed water is better.

    Bring them in, they need some shelter.
  5. pax12

    pax12 Songster

    Feb 7, 2008
    They have a really nice place I built them in the summer and they seem to be doing great now!! Thanks Everyone!!

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