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Is 50 degrees TOO Cold For 10week Old?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1234duck, May 17, 2011.

  1. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    Lucky Ducky is 10 weeks old, is 50 too cold for him to play outside for a while? It's raining but he will be under shelter out of the direct rain fall with hay on the ground. He is just dieing to go outside since hes inside the house still. Thanks, ~Julie~

  2. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    my girls are 9 weeks old and are completely outside. I started putting them outside during the day (high 40's-50-s) when they were mostly feathered (6ish weeks) and brought them back inside at night.

    I put them out in their duck house once they were fully feathered but gave them a heat lamp at night until it was not dipping below freezing.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  3. Sore Thumb Suburbanite

    Sore Thumb Suburbanite Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    orange county
    I think you're safe once they have feathered, go for it, 50 is nothing to that feather barrier. My ducks are loving the light rain we are getting now, its about 58 and they aren't even seeking shelter, just making more muddy holes...yay.
  4. DuckiesAndBees

    DuckiesAndBees Chirping

    Apr 7, 2011
    My 8 week old pekins are often in the pool before I leave for work, no matter how cold it is. I ask them why they are being silly but they just look sideways at me and ask for treats [​IMG]
  5. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    aineheartsyou, do you have any pictures of your duck house? I wasn't sure exactly what people have or use and I don't want to have not enough warmth or shelter even though i stand in the freezing cold rain sometimes to fix their houses/shelter just to have them not use it and stay in the rain and cold anyways. Thanks for answering, ~Julie~
  6. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    my adult ducks are out in the cold & rain 24/7 it seems like and swimming all night, but i feel bad if there is not the right stuff needed & available weather they use it or not then thats their problem & i know that i at lease tried and didn't fail as a pet owner. lol Thanks e1 for responding, ~Julie~ [​IMG]
  7. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    Quote:I will take a pic later. its a lil wood playhouse that was here when we purchased the house. i just covered the windows with 1/2x1/2 mesh and put a door on it

  8. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    Thanks aineheartsyou that gives a good picture. ~Julie~
  9. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    It shouldnt be too cold, My 5 week olds are in and out on and off during the day, playing in the rain, and its only been 40 here. But I also have the heat lamp for them to go get warm and dry if they need to.
  10. RaZ

    RaZ Crowing Premium Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Caseville, MI
    Mine are 5 or 6 weeks old and have been outside for a couple of weeks now. It was gray,cold and rainy all day here in Michigan. They spent most of the day in the pond and at dark, were sleeping out in the drizzle. The high temp was only 54.

    So judging from my daffy ducks, the temps are fine.

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