When Should I Out My Ducklings Outside

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lollypop1478, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. lollypop1478

    lollypop1478 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2011
    I have 2 runner ducklings I hatched, they are now 2 weeks old, when is a good time to start putting them outside? I thought maybe start putting them out in the day and bringing them in at night? or is 2 weeks too early? any advice taken as this is my first time at hatching eggs:)
  2. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    When you see them start to grow their feathers in which is at 4 or 5 weeks.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  3. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    I think two weeks is too young. Wait until around four weeks to put them outside during the day, and then around at around five to six weeks (depending on how feathered they are by then) they can start spending the night outside.
  4. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    i took my ducks out when they were one week old. i have 40 and i let them out during the day and put them in cages during the night. i keep the cages in the coop. the first batch were even younger when i took them out, but now i was too busy and had no time to move them out.
  5. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    I put mine out with a lamp at 2-3 weeks with nights down in the 40s. They all did well, infact they prefered to sleep away from them lamp. They free ranged during the day with highs from 50 - 60s.

    my humble set up for my KCs back in March.
    Sides covered at night.
  6. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put mine out during the day when they are about 3 to 4 days old. They are out from 8am to 7pm then brought back in for the night into the brooder.
  7. ShedEgo

    ShedEgo New Egg

    Jun 7, 2011
    Mine hate going back inside, they are like little kids. They are just over two weeks old and spend the days outside, and nights inside. Of course its depending on the weather. Once their new house is all set up and secure they will probably be staying outside, maybe with a lamp during the night.

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