Newbie Duck Questions About Winter


5 Years
Jun 10, 2014
Hey everyone! I have 2 Indian Runner ducks who are 4 months old now, so this will be my first winter with them. I was just looking for tips/advice for the winter. Several people say as long as they have a shelter and water, you don't need to do anything extra. Then others say at least provide a heat lamp.

One other question is when do you stop keeping a pool for them? It was down in the low 40s last night and when I looked out this morning...they were in the pool! Lol!

I live in St. Louis, MO so winters aren't as bad as other places. Last year we had a few days with negative temps but not many. Thanks in advance for any advice!


Overrun with Runners
12 Years
Jan 3, 2010
Southern New England
Some runners are less cold hardy than others. Based on my flock, I suggest you keep close wach. I keep mine above 40F at night and if it is below freezing I look out for shivering, stiff walking, scrunched up necks, less egg laying. Have a place they can be cozy (above freezing(.

I provide swim water as long as it is possible. Some days I dump out ice and refill water.

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