What to do with ducks with temperatures below 20°

twolilquacklings

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Nov 9, 2020
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So I live up in Maine and this week its not going to get above 25°. And I’m not sure what to do with the ducks. They have a pen area and a coop filled with fresh straw...should I let them out in the pen and allow them to freerange? Or should I keep them in the coop until it gets warmer? I really don’t want them getting frostbite.
 
Nov 20, 2018
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We live in Aroostook county and i let our ducks out at -5F as long as i know the temperature will be going up a little. I let them out at 7 and it was -4 but as I said no pool today due to the wind. I spread hay and woodchips on the ground from their coop door to the food and water, an area the size of a small car and they will be in and out all day.
 

noodledog

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Jan 15, 2020
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Does your coop have ventilation? If it's well ventilated they shouldn't get frostbite.

They should be fine outside in cold temperatures - ducks do not get cold easily.
 

Trisseh

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Jun 21, 2019
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My ducks are in their coop at night and have access to their run all day, year round. I’m in NW Ontario so we get some pretty awful cold spells; much, much colder than 25 degrees for days on end. :) as long as they have protection from wind and some bedding to hunker down into to keep their legs warm, they’ll be just fine. They tolerate cold better than chickens do. 👍 and unlike chickens, the only part of them that’s really susceptible to frostbite is their feet and legs.
 

MissMonty

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My ducks never had a problem with the cold. I did notice the first snow often they wouldn't go out in it. They'd prefer to stay in the barn but I'm in Ohio and never really had a problem for them.
 

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