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Freezing temps n water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jowilt, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. jowilt

    jowilt In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2012
    It is only to be in the teens today n next couple days with some wind, making it cooler yet. I fill a kiddie pool every day for my ducks, usually only the female gets in, n lays in there all day. With it being so fridge, should I still provide the water???
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016

  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Songster

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    Good question. Ducks in the wild have to deal with frozen water, so they are obviously able to take the cold, however as most species are migratory this wouldn't be a permanent situation either. I'm interested to see what people say.
  3. lomine

    lomine Crowing

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    I take away my ducks kiddie pool and stop filling their stock tank when the weather gets to freezing temps. The weather in my area fluctuates; for instance the high for Friday is 55 and the high for Saturday is 8. On warmer days I fill a concrete mixing tub. Because it is short and fits in the space by my faucet I don't have to keep a hose connected through winter. I have a heated bucket and dog bowl for their drinking/head ducking water. That way they always have water to drink.

    Humidity (as in wet duck in the coop) combined with freezing temperatures increases the chances of frostbite.
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  4. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Duck Obsessed Premium Member

    Aug 31, 2016
    NJ USA
    My Coop
    My ducks drink from the pools, so what I do when it gets below freezing is break a small hole by the edge of the pool so they can drink, but not swim. My reasoning is if its warm enough to melt the ice, then it's warm enough to swim. I wouldn't let my duck swim if it's below freezing, because the risk of frostbite
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
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  5. I never have the pool filled unless it is 0 or warmer......Or if the sun is shining and heating up the area the pool is at.......I provide stock dishes for them to drink from....Always someone standing ankle deep and oiling up..........Silly Ducks....
    Anyways...Ducks do not need to bath all the time.......

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