Duckling Question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DeCanard, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. DeCanard

    DeCanard Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    I just got ducklings this week!! [​IMG] I have a question about when to move them outside. I'm concerned of overcrowding them. I have 5 now, and will be getting another 5 next week. What age should I move them to the coop? (I won't be able to put a heat lamp in the coop, though)[​IMG]
  2. Tahai

    Tahai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Without a heat lamp, not till they are almost fully feathered or nights are warm.
  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I was wondering the same thing. Mine are 2 weeks old and I have 2.

    How long does it take them to feather out?
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    6-8 weeks depending on breed. Basically, you want to drop the temp 5 degrees per week. 90 the first week then 85, 80 etc. When they are fully feathered or your outside temp matches what they are used to you can move them out.

    I put myy 6 Rouens outside at about 1 week old but I'm in Florida. They do have a light for heat but it has only dipped into the 50's a few times overnight since they've been outside.

    FYI it is MUCH easier to brood them outside. Little stinkers. [​IMG]

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