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How warm should it be?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LeiaLayers5, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. LeiaLayers5

    LeiaLayers5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How warm should it be outside before I can bring our ducklings oudoors?
     
  2. PomPoms

    PomPoms New Egg

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    Where do you live?
    It will depend on if they are feathered out also.
    I'm no expert. But I have ducks and with mine, I started them with short bits/maybe even hours on sunny warm days. I knew by how much they enjoyed themselves.
     
  3. LeiaLayers5

    LeiaLayers5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am located in southern VA near VA, NC border. highest it has been lately is 60ish and they are only a few weeks old so far. I know in another week it will be closer to 70 and was starting to wonder how soon I could safely.
     
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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    The general guideline is 90F the first week, dropping 5 degrees a week. So at three weeks, they'd need to be not much cooler than 75F, even at night. Ducklings can survive at cooler temperatures, but it seems to me we want them to grow up healthy inside and out.

    If water mess is a concern, these links may help.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/679433/water-water-everywhere/10

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858161/feed-water-solution-for-brooder#post_12901321

    http://frankiemakes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/watering-solution-for-ducks.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/259876/do-your-ducks-have-water-at-night/10#post_13568197

    post number 8 from this
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959603/ducklings-getting-stuck-on-their-backs#post_14939819

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/969751/help-baby-ducklings#post_15125952


    The other question is - safety from predators.

    @LeiaLayers5
     
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