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duck breeds

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Thebirdwisperr, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chirping

    May 1, 2012
    Which duck breed is the best to have in cold winter weather? I have rouens and they do well, but I was wondering if others breeds (especially swedish and cayungas) could weather a eastern idaho winter.

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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Ducks are extremely well insulated. Cayugas and Swedish ducks should do fine in your conditions.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Having enough ducks for a critical mass to keep each other warm is something to consider, too.

    My runners are slender, and never did like to cuddle (keep wanting to type duccle) together for warmth, so I keep them at 40F. And that is no problem, we have a space where that works.

    So, yes, I would look to the larger breeds, and have enough of them in a well sheltered space (out of the wind, and preferably with some passive solar warming - think dark paint on the south side).

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