Ducks okay to stay outside?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by HenniePennie, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. HenniePennie

    HenniePennie Out Of The Brooder

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    I know, it's a crazy questions especially since 'wild' ducks don't build duck houses!! This is the first year I have had ducks. I have a pair of white crested. They hang with my pair of bb-bronze turkeys and the four of them stay outside all the time. Their pool had some ice in it but they were swimming away in it. I don't have to worry about their feet freezing?
    Someone please put my mind at eas !!

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  2. pardygwyn

    pardygwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No need to worry about them as long as they can get out easily. [​IMG] Ducks are actually better off in winter if they can get to some sort of bathing water; it stimulates their oil glands. Ours always got bedraggled during the Alaskan winters from the pool icing over, so we'd let them into the bathtub for a quick bath and an afternoon of preening and pooping inside after the tub was drained. LOL
     
  3. HenniePennie

    HenniePennie Out Of The Brooder

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    pardygwyn, thank you for the info. Today I purchased a heat thing to keep their kiddie pool from freezing. I didn't get back til late and it was already 17 degrees without figuring in the wind chill factor. My pipes underground froze so I have no water so they'll have to wait til tomorrow!!


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