How old before they can stay outside?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by thebritt, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    The last clutch had a mom, so I haven't dealt with this in years. We have 2 rouens and 3 runners, all about 3 weeks old. They're getting big and more and more messy, and I'm ready, but are they? They still have fuzz, but don't stay under the heat lamp anymore (for the last 2 days). It gets into the lower 50's at night. Should they have heat at night if they go to their outdoor space?
    Thanks for any responses in advance!
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  2. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    When they are feathered out Minus their flight feathers they can go outside without any heat and be in the weather.
    It can be earlier if adequate shelter with shavings/straw is provided for them to get into at times.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Quote:Thanks! About how old is that?
     
  4. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    at four weeks, they start to get their feathers and by eight weeks should be or if not at least close to being completely feathered with fly feathers as well. So probably 5/6 weeks
     
  5. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Quote:The sooner the better! [​IMG]
     

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