Cold night question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by trafficgal, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. trafficgal

    trafficgal In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2014
    My ducks normally have the freedom to choose where they sleep (in their house with hay or in their run) they typically choose to sleep on in the water in their pool. I"m concerned because the temp is supposed to drop to around 17degree's tonight (its already pretty cold out) and they are still in their pool. should I go out and chase them into their house and lock them in for the night? Or are they OK on the water? I'd like to believe they would choose the place they are most comfortable but dont want to wake up to frozen ducks. they are mini call ducks
  2. trafficgal

    trafficgal In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2014
    actually my phone was wrong says its not going below 23 tonight I dont know if that makes a difference for tonight or not but I know we will also get colder nights here soon so a) do I need to lock them in tonight b) do I need to lock them in whne it gets colder?
  3. CGilbert

    CGilbert Songster

    Aug 2, 2015
    Spirit Lake, ID
    I don't have ducks, nor do I have any experience with them, but I trap during the winter and have seen geese frozen in the lake and still alive. If your ducks freeze in the water, it will only be the top layer and you will be able to get them out and learn from it.
    Like I said, I have no experience. But good luck!
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would bring them in. Why risk their lives and health?
  5. User353335

    User353335 Chirping

    May 17, 2015
    I typically develop a "routine" with my ducks so they know inside is where they sleep and outside is where they play. The ducks don't seem to mind, they almost take comfort in the routine.

    Ducks freezing to ice is definitely not ideal, and they can die this way. They also can freeze to the ground and rip out their feathers out in a panic.

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