When to move ducklings outside?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, May 1, 2009.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    My ducklings will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday. I have them in a brooder box in the basement with a heat lamp (which has been raised way up). What temperature does it need to be outside for them to be ok? They haven't started getting their feathers yet.
     
  2. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 28, 2009
    Lawrence
    Mine went outside at 2 weeks with a heat lamp (they never used it) and 25 degree temps. They did just fine! I think we baby them too much and forget they are wild animals. They will just huddle if they get hold, hec, they do that all the time anyway!
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    25 degree temps and I'm worried about 50-60? [​IMG] Guess where they're going this weekend?!!!! [​IMG] Thank you so much!
     
  4. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am in Colorado. Mine went out into a brooder house at 3-4 weeks with a heat lamp at night. Ducks are a lot more cold tolerant than chickens.
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Mine will be in a chain link dog pen with a wooden box for a shelter. I can't put a heat lamp out there which is why I was hesitating. The temps here have been in the 40's-50's at night, and anywhere from 50-85 during the day (in Ohio, it just depends on the day LOL.) There are 5 of them so I think they should be ok. They are getting cramped in their brooder box and I'm getting tired of the soppy wet mess.
     
  6. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Colorado
    I have four ducks that are four weeks old. They have been outside for two nights now. Temps were40-45. I also have a dog box and they were in there sleepng when I checked. No heat lamp. I put shavings in the dog box and hay on top of that.

    Yes I was worried the first night but they are doing fine. Good luck!
     

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