Ducks without water overnight?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by runningkaren, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can ducks go without water overnight, health-wise? I have just built a wonderful "duck hut" and would love to keep it dry but that means my ducks would be without water after dark until daybreak. Is this too long?
     
  2. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
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    As long as you do not put food in the house you should be ok Ducks need water if they are eating. I use the bowl of greens and food to lore them in the house. I also do not put any bedding down outside of the nest. that way I can wash down the house every morning. It helps keep the flies away I find. Its to expensive to keep putting fresh bedding in there everyday.
     
  3. hereachick

    hereachick Out Of The Brooder

    I find the same thing with the bedding very expensive.I close my birds in at night with a bowl of food and water because I worry about them but, it sounds as tho they would be fine with no food or water at night? I worry about them choking. I read the constantly need water.Will they be ok without it?
     
  4. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need food and water throughout the night so long as they have access to it in the morning and in the evening. Ducks and geese are notorious for playing in their water at night just for fun.
     
  5. hereachick

    hereachick Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, thanks! I am finding that out the hard way! Every morning it's spilled water looks like they had a party in there or something.Guess they'll have to go nights without the extra food and water.
    Funny you should mention geese been thinking about getting a couple are the hard to raise? Do they get along good with chickens and ducks or do they need a seperate pen? I hear some breds can be nasty.
     
  6. Mini Coop

    Mini Coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Geese are fine around ducks and chickens, at least mine are. I enjoy my geese the best of all my poultry.
     
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Mine have no food or water in their shelter at night and seem to be okay. But they seem to get it a little wet anyway. Just from coming after being in their pool I guess.
     
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  8. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some goose breeds are much more aggressive and/or noisy than others. If you want a quiet, docile breed then try Pilgrims or American Buffs.

    Once I can get my site updated, I'll have a bunch of information up about Pilgrims and geese in general I can toss out to you.
     
  9. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone. They are without water overnight and at the first sign of daylight I let them out to water. Seem fine. I guess I am wondering, come freezing temps, what will I do. Our pond doesn't freeze early unless it is a very cold winter. Anyone use a heated water dish?
     
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as they don't have food, they can go without water overnight.

    As everyone here as already said.
     

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