Duck keeping in the winter

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dheltzel, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    I've never kept ducks past a few weeks of age, but I know they are very messy compared to chickens and turkeys. I use heated dog water bowls to great effect with all our poultry, but I'm not sure if/how they would work with ducks. The idea of breaking out "ice pucks" and filling bowls every day is the main thing keeping me from getting a group of BEI's that a friend has offered to give me.

    Could I build a box around the water bowl, sized to allow them to get their heads in, but not the rest of their bodies? Would that be ok, or cruel to prevent them from getting into the water like ducks want to do? I would give them a larger swimming container when the weather permits, after all, half the fun of ducks is watching them splash and swim.

    Will BEI's fly or jump up to a shelter that is about 8 inches off the ground? Should I make a ramp? Will they have the sense to get into the shelter in bad weather?
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    YOu could do that for a waterbowl, i use heated buckets and rubber livestock bowls. Ducks generally are not that agile so a ramp is better that said some don't like those either, depends on the bird somewhat.

    While ducks are definitely more 'water work' in the winter you get a routine and manage, i keep a lot of ducks so have a method lol
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2015
  3. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Songster

    Oct 26, 2011
    I don't let my ducks get into the water in winter. They can get their heads in and that's it. They still splatter water but its manageable. In the past I've had them get into the water when they had more access and they ended up with frozen feathers, not good! I use metal pans that are about 6in deep (it's just what I had around) and put heaters in those. Works well for me.
  4. ariarnold

    ariarnold Hatching

    Jan 4, 2015
    I had to google 'BE ducksI' and only got one answer, so it would probably helpful to indicate that you mean 'Black East Indies'.

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