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Ugh, This Weather!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by halfwildacres, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. halfwildacres

    halfwildacres Out Of The Brooder

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    We are having temps 15-20° below normal right now, and it is preventing my little duckies from getting outside! Right now they are crammed into brooders that are too small and none of us are happy. I have spent all day bringing them inside a couple at a time, so they can swim in the tub and stretch their legs. They have room to move around in their brooder but not much. Next week is going to be in the high 50s/low 60s, and night time lows in the low 40s. I plan on putting them in a covered enclosure. Inside the enclosure is a large plastic dog crate that I have rigged securely with a heat lamp. This way they can snuggle together inside to get warm at night.

    Do you think this will be ok? They are all completely feathered out, and this is how I usually transition my new peepers outside, but it's usually 20° warmer. Tell me that they need to be outside in the grass and that I'm being overprotective. They will be so much happier with 5x more room and grass to eat and bugs to chase, and big ducks to watch (through fence).

    Just for fun, here is a pic of the smallest 2 runners with my smallest 3 Pekins. They will all be staying inside until they get some more feathers.
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd err on the side of caution and keep them in till weather warms.Especially if they haven't been acclimated to the temps. Those in your tubreally look like they don't need to be outside. They sure are adorable Maybe you can figure out a way to give them more room but keep them warm till temps warm up. .
     
  3. chickenmama7977

    chickenmama7977 Just Hatched

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    Mine are out and we've been dipping down to the 30s at night. They seem to have handled it just fine. They sleep with their chicken friends in our big coop. I want to say they are about 8 weeks now. I would just suggest making the transfer slow. Allowing the room temp to gradually get to what it is outdoors. And that first night check on them a few times to make sure they aren't stressed. I tend to be overprotective myself too and I have to remind myself these guys were made for outdoors :)
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Only if feathered in completely and use to out side temps. as you suggested.

    Welcome to BYC
     
  5. halfwildacres

    halfwildacres Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't worry, the little guys in the tub aren't going outside for a few more weeks. The bigger kids have been outside every day, but back in the garage at night. The next 24 hours is going to be bitterly cold with snow, so they are stuck inside. After that it will warm up. I'm going to wait a few days to make sure it doesn't get miserable again. I may see if I can convince DH that I HAVE TO have another brooder box so the poor little guys aren't squished. :)
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Good idea on convincing hubby, good luck! If you have an xpen[dog] they work well for brooders for older ducklings just put bedding on the floor.
     

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