putting ducklings outside - minimum temps?

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We have 10 ducklings in a kiddie pool...they're getting cramped and I'm worried about sanitation. 4 are 3 weeks old and the will be this weekEnd. I'm thinking about moving them onto the screened porch with their brooder lamp and a baby monitor. If the temp is 60 or above at night, will this work? I don't know how much longer we can handle them inside.
 

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at this stage start removing the heat lamp a bit let them get accustomed to the temperature :)

it is probably about time that they get out of there personally i would have done it at week 2 and mved them into a larger pen still in the house , they can go out and free range soon so be wary of that and its very good for them
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dont suddenly stop the heat lamp but dont leave it on 24 7 and if possible lower the heat if u can just to get them used to normal temps
 

Kangasox

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at this stage start removing the heat lamp a bit let them get accustomed to the temperature  :)

it is probably about time that they get out of there personally i would have done it at week 2 and mved them into a larger pen still in the house , they can go out and free range soon so be wary of that and its very good for them :)  


dont suddenly stop the heat lamp but dont leave it on 24 7 and if possible lower the heat if u can just to get them used to normal temps 


Thanks! The lamp is up quite high, probably 75 in the brooder, house Is usually 70-75. A couple were near it last night and panting, so I had to move my little geniuses and rearrange a bit. I just have nowhere else in the house to put them where they won't be eaten by dogs or mauled by small children. On the screened porch I can spread out their setup. We've had them in a little pen out in the yard a little bit which they love. Many things just say to wait until 6+ weeks, but we're not going to make that! Thanks for the help
 

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