Housing ducks for winter in ohio

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by the 412 chicks, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2009
    i live in northern ohio and it can get pretty cold in the winter and i was wondering if i open my spare coop will my ducks stay in it this winter. i have 5 mallards amd 4 pekins. and will they be okay
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:They should be ok, but may not want to stay in the coop. Ducks are built for the cold and like to be outside. What are they doing now? free ranging, have an outside run or what. Are they shut in at night. You should be training them to come to the coop at night and consider shuting them in for protection from night roaming varmits.
  3. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2009
    they are free ranging with a pond
  4. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    Quote:yep, i'm with goosedragon (hi!!). i'm in ohio also and our ducks did great over the winter. this is what we learned (the hard way):

    1. the only loss we ever had from a varmint was when our ducks didnt/WOULD NOT come in at nite and were roosting on the frozen pond. we found the sad feathers and the tell tale pawprints the next morning :-( start NOW to train them to come in at nite.

    2. we ended up cooping ours in the worst weather - but make sure they have DRY bedding...which as you know can be hard to keep up with b/c the ducks are so wet and all that splashing they do.

    3. we gave them more corn than normal to keep them warm. this worked really well for us - and giving them whole dry corn on the cob gave them something to do

    4. when we had the -30* weather we got bales of straw and build exterior walls to insulate our coops. this works great - and then you have a bunch of mulch in the spring

    5. warmish but not water at least twice a day

    and dont try to 'over-help.' the farmers around here told me (strongly) to just make them deal with the cold and they will be better off than if i interfered. feed little and often and give them something to do. and remember they have little feather-down coats

    good luck!
  5. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    They should be fine where they are as long as they have acess to water and maybe a place to go in and get out of the wind and snow!
  6. jazzyfizzle

    jazzyfizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2009
    Northern Ohio
    Would you also recommend the corn still on the cob for call ducks? Or would the kernels be too large?

    Thank you

  7. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    My Muscovies always go into the coops at night...the geese are the not-so-smart ones. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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