Cold Snap, cold ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by peepinglaura, May 16, 2016.

  1. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 day old Pekin ducks. We are having an unexpected cold spell and temps are going down into the low 30's, not remotely typical or expected here for mid-May. I've brought the ducklings back in for the past 2 nights but we have a lot of them and they really stink! Ideally their heat should be 75 to 85 but with the hottest bulb I can find I'm finding it hard to keep the heat more than 70, sometimes high 60's, at night. I have closed off part of the coop for heat conservation, added an insulating blanket, and wrapped the outside in a tarp. Any other suggestions? I can't run a second heat lamp, unfortunately. I don't have an outside outlet that will support the wattage. I would love any and all suggestions on how to raise the temp! Thanks
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Can you get one of those space blankets and place it so that there is no way they can come in contact with it, but it can hold in heat where they are? I am thinking under the bedding or even on the other side of some plastic poultry fence. It reflects heat back really well. I have slept under one, to try it out.
     
  3. DKFarms

    DKFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same issues.... mine are back in their brooder and I'm putting up with the stink and the nasty towels that they're going through at an extremely fast rate.

    Their coop currently has no electricity (it's new and not placed in it's permanent location), so there's no way they could stay out in it.

    All I can say is "ICK" about the mess they make as they get older!!!!!! But I love them! <3
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same issue this week with nighttime temps down to the 30's. Ended up with a really long extension cord to a heat lamp and closing up the ventilation windows.

    I have a home automation system and put a remote temp sensor in there so I could make sure it wasn't getting hot without having to walk out and around the house to check on a thermometer. Heat lamp on a dimmer switch kept the temp in the high 60's most of the night.

    I think amiga is on to something with the space/emergency blankets. You could also try foam insulation. I have some that I've cut for my primary coop to fit between the wall studs. It's just enough to make a difference and because it's removable I will only put it up in the winter when it's really cold (below 0˚) which is usually just one week in January.

    If this is going to be the main coop, it might be worth it to check that out as an option.
     
  5. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, all. I ended up using blankets and checking their temp through a largely sleepless night. At one point a blowdryer was involved. Man. Then the next night was warmer but the heat lamp exploded in the night and a duckling died, I assume suffocated in the huddle of cold ducklings :(
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! I'm sorry.
     
  7. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Things have warmed, luckily, so hopefully we'll be good from here on out. I hope the little beastie didn't suffer.
     

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