How do ducks fair in the winter???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by adobechicks, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    To many numbers for my brain lol We have had our heat lamp on for months my weather is a freakin' yo-yo anyways, i have noticed no massive increase in my hydro and feed use varies... mine still attempt to forage only on bitterly cold days does it cease because they either stay in the barn or cuddle under the cedars. I do not consider them expensive to feed but I only have 8 and again allow foraging to take place year round.
  2. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2012
    Central Maine
    This makes perfect sense to me. This is how I view all of my poultry, need versus cost. Thanks for this.
  3. DuckMamaNH

    DuckMamaNH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2012
    New Hampshire
  4. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2012
    Central Maine
    We got up to 28 degrees today and I let my ducks and geese out into their pen to trample down the snow. They liked it for a while but when I told them to go in, they were quite happy to do so.
  5. ppimf

    ppimf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2012
    ellis kansas
    i have 17 ducks and everyone one them want to be outside not locked up. i live in kansas and it have been down to 5 to 10 at night and not much over 25 during the day this last week or so. they all come out in the am like its not even cold. now i do see them setting on there legs alot more since it cold but they are still outside. the coop is a two part setup, the first room is a feeding and watering room and the back room is the sleeping area, with heat lamp on (i use for more eggs) they still want to be outside other than back in the warm room.
  6. countrygirl74

    countrygirl74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2012
    Northern Arizona
    Mine are exactly the same! I have 4 ducks (2 Pekins, 2 Rouens) that are all now about 10 weeks old. They have been outside now for about a week. The temps here are barely 40 during the day (sometimes lower with wind chill) and drop to the teens at night, usually around 15. We made them a nice little shelter full of straw. They will nap in the straw during the day but all night long they prefer to sleep outside by their water bowl. When I go out in the morning to break the ice and give them fresh water, their backs are completely frosted but they are running around, and as soon as I break the ice, they immediately get into the water! The whole time I am thinking, "You guys are crazy!"
  7. laughingull

    laughingull Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2010
    We have VERY mild winters here (Coastal Southern California- rarely drops below upper 30s) but I am still happy to find how much happier the ducks are about our winter weather than our chickens... Ducks love rain, chickens hate it. My wimpy chickens hole up in the coop at the slightest precipitation while my ducks are out foraging up a party in a downpour.
  8. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    It has been about 20 degrees here in the daytime, teens and below at night. I have two calls. They are in 6" of bedding, and in closed up area so it is very warm. They don't want to play in the snow, but other ducks I have owned loved the snow. As long as they have a warm place and bedding, they do fine. They have so much down, they have their own coat! So, as a general rule I would say duckies are VERY cold weather hardy.
  9. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2012
    Delhi, New York
    My six Khakis seem to enjoy the winter (teens at night and twenties in the daytime) but with over a foot of snow on the ground they stick to the pond, spring run, and areas I have shoveled for them. They have become reluctant to go in their coop at night, probably because of the short days, preferring to sit on the fenced part of the pond but they do go in when I approach their enclosure after dark. They bolt out the door when I open it in the morning and head straight to the pond for a time of frolicking, bathing, and getting their fill of water. I do feel blessed to have a spring-fed pond that doesn't freeze over in the winter.


  10. dennin7418

    dennin7418 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Sterling, MA
    Mine stayed out pretty much through the entire night of our first snow storm. No idea why, but they are smart enough to go in if they needed to so I figured they are ok. Biggest problem is that they pat down all the snow and slide down the slope so I have to keep sand at hand so they can get a grip. I locked them in their shelter last night as it was in the low teens...I have 9 ducks and when they are locked in it seems to stay above freezing which is plenty warm for them...

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