One Duck -- Winter is Coming! What to do?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by spuetz07, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. spuetz07

    spuetz07 Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    Cochrane, WI
    I have one male Mallard that I took in from my cousin, who originally kept him in a bathroom. So I have him in his own kennel...inside the pole shed. The floor of the pen is cement, with lots of straw for bedding. A couple toys, and food and water, of course. Right now, he has a roommate, a small frizzle hen who was getting picked on by the big chickens. Anyway....I have only had him for a few months. What kind of care does he need over the winter? Can I put him in the chicken coop with the chickens? I have about 18 chickens that use the coop.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    a heated water bowl would do a heat lamp bedding and maybeif his wings are clipped let him go play in the snow

    they love the snow(at least mine do:p)
  3. buck431397

    buck431397 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    Pilesgrove, NJ
    i would put him with the chickens. the coop will probably be warmer with all the bodies, and im sure having them all together will be easier for you! you should get him a ducky friend though, esp since mallards are monogomous.... right?

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