Food & water at night.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Steven Phillippe, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Steven Phillippe

    Steven Phillippe Chirping

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    Is it ok not to give my ducks food and water after they’re locked up for the night in their duck house? They don’t seem to eat any way and make a complete mess with the water?
     
  2. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    I fix my ducks a warm mash right at lock up. They love their night snack.
     
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  3. CoriM

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    I stopped giving my ducks water at night earlier this summer. Their food is only in their run and usually gone by the time they go to bed. They make a huge mess with the water and it was impossible to keep anything dry when I had water in their sleeping quarters. My ducks put themselves to bed as soon as it gets dark, and I shut the coop door around 8:30. I let them out as soon as it gets light, which is now close to 7. I am a little nervous keeping them in without water when the days get even shorter. But so far they have survived just fine! And with that said, if it was really hot, I might keep water in overnight, but we don't have too much for heat extremes in WA state.
     
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  4. CoriM

    CoriM Chirping

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    What is in their warm mash? So do you put water in with them where they sleep?
     
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  5. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    I mix their crumble food, a little corn depending how cold it is getting at night and warm water to make a mash. Yes I do, but honestly they shouldn't need it.
     
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  6. Runner duck mom

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    From what I understand they should be perfectly fine without food and water overnight.
    Where we live it's quite hot in the summer and they are also locked up longer in the winter so they always have water at night. We just put their water inside another container so it catches anything that spills and keeps the coop dry. If they are locked up during the day due to bad weather we do the same with food and put their rubber bowl inside the bigger blue plastic bowl. 20190130_172435.jpg 20190130_172454.jpg
     
  7. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    That is really good idea. I have extra of these stacking bins that have no holes in them.
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  8. Runner duck mom

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    Those should work great. The tray catches anything they dribble and the sides contain the water when they shake their heads. Thankfully our ducks don't try and get into their water dish. Hopefully it works for you :)
     
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  9. Mybackyardpeepers

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    Thanks for sharing yours, that's what helped.
     
  10. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Free Ranging

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    That is exactly what I do too. Water in the pen only on extremely hot nights.
     
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