Ducks molting in the dead of winter. Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by azhenhouse, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have searched on here for a thread about winter molting but I must not be looking in the right area. I have three Cayugas that are going through a full blown molt. We are going to be in negative temperatures this week, and I am worried. They are 9 months old, and sleep in a converted dog house with no heet source. During the day they come out of their coop, their choice. It's blasted cold! We have had no unusual warm spells. As a mater if fact, we have had more snow and colder temperatures this year than in the last three. Can ducks go through a molt in the winter with these conditions?

    Edited to say: Funny, I just found a old thread that I posted in regarding molting ducks and chickens. Apparently, some of my ducks went through a molt last winter and I don't remember it. How sad is that! It wasn't this cold though. I hope they will be ok.
     
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  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you had light on them? I had a chicken molt right after we started getting lows in the 20s, it was a very quick molt though she lost much of her feathers.

    If they have lost alot of their feathers, I would try to provide a little more insulation for them. Even just plastic sheeting or blankets. I have 5 week old ducklings that are outside with mom when its in the 30's. They can withstand a bit I'd just be careful of overnights.
     
  3. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. No, they have no light on them. It's sad because the drake was covered in ice after splashing his drinking water on him. It's so cold. Brrr! I put a tarp around the outside of their coop for a wind break. Hopefully, that will help.
     
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    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would probably not allow them water at night, just in case. They should be okay. I don't live where there are really harsh winters so maybe someone else will have other ideas.
     

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