Over wintering

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Okidokie, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Okidokie

    Okidokie Hatching

    Jul 3, 2013
    We have two chickens and two ducks.
    We want to keep the two ducks over winter (their first) as they follow us around like puppies.
    The rooster is so nasty that he attacks anyone going into the pen. He has also practically pecked half the feathers off of the poor hen. So I believe the rooster will be history soon.
    My question is: should I be able to keep the one hen and two ducks together this winter and what exactly do I need to keep them warm and dry enough to survive comfortably all winter? Thank you.

  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Songster

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    Female ducks with a chicken should be no problem. Drakes with a chicken, not necessarily. Ducks need dry but well ventilated housing with deep clean bedding and mostly shelter from wind. And of course, good food and water supplies. Go find your State Thread, chances are folks near you will be chatting about the preparations they are making for winter. Plus use the Search Bar, lots of helpful info here.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    You likely can, most females will tolerate each other, it's as said drakes that tend to toss a monkey wrench in. For housing, what do you have? well ventilated and dry is the key for any bird really. To cut down on the mess ducks make with water you can leave food/water out of the coop.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013

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