How duck & geese feet are designed not to freeze

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PINOAK RIDGE, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. PINOAK RIDGE

    PINOAK RIDGE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Winter is quickly approaching us here in the USA and I have read several posts where people are concerned about ducks being cold. I thought I would share this article so people can understand the how & why duck and geese feet were meant to survive, even in freezing temperatures. Hopefully, this will reduce some stress and worry the humans have for their feathered pets.

    http://askanaturalist.com/why-don’t-ducks’-feet-freeze/


    Hope this helps. Ducks are actually quite hardy.
     
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  2. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not winter here in Texas, it was 90° yesterday[​IMG]


    Got a cold front last night so it's 55° at the moment
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Very interesting. Too bad human feet can't benefit from that.
     
  4. purslanegarden

    purslanegarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For their being a wild animal, I can understand that they might be outside in the cold, but for their being a water fowl, I'm impressed they can be in water during the cold seasons, when water is usually much colder than the air temperature, or at least, upon getting out of water, they could then be even colder than the air temperature.

    Thanks for the link!
     
  5. I'm in Canada...North central Alberta... their feet can and do freeze.
    Do not believe everything you read on line.

    Cheers!
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    55!!!! brrrrrrrrr[​IMG]...you should live here in NJ LOL
    It goes to the 40's at night about now[​IMG]
     
  7. Try -35 Celsius as a day time high!! I am Canadian! Ducks need straw to warm up in!
     
  8. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Its not winter here yet...it really gets cold, but not that cold!
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Several years ago a member took in a friends call duck that slept in the water bowl over night and his feet froze in the water when the water froze. This duck got severe frost bite and lost most of it's feet. I wish I could remember what the thread was called but it does happen in extreme cases so even though what the link said is probably true under certain circumstances, we still have to do all we can to make sure our birds don't have something like that happen.
     
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  10. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard the same thing from that article in a couple other places, but I think everything must freeze eventually. So I don't doubt the article, but I think there a limit to how cold it can get.
     

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