caring for ducklings in the winter time

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by elephantapple, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. elephantapple

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    We live in Vancouver, WA. Have a Runner duck female that has been laying on a nest, today the ducklgs are making their appearance into the world. They are not in a coop, she made the nest in the middle of a shrub, the weather during the day is about 50 degrees and night approx 43 degrees. We are unsure of what are actions should be to protect and keep the ducklings warm. She has about 17 eggs to go, we know that all may not make it but we want to do what we can..Please tell us what are next steps are.. Thank you,
    greatly appreciate all input.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Amiga is spot on, they are sitting ducks left out like that.. since hatching is underway it's tricky to move anyone now, can you pen around her? i would highly recommend it for her and the ducklings safety. After all have hatched i would move her into a coop, she will bring the young in/out but will definitely need a safe place to keep them when necessary.

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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    You can use a combination of plywood and fencing, be sure to get something across the top, and have food and water for her at least during the day. At night, it probably would be best to remove the food to avoid attracting predators, and be careful ducklings cannot fall into water and drown.

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