Why did I bother??????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by crj, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel I made my ducks a pretty nice, comfy coop. I use to close the ducks in there during the summer but it got to hot for them. Now, it's freezing cold and the goofy ducks are sleeping outside. They never go in the coop anymore except for one that lays an egg. I even put a light in there to keep a section warm for them. Instead of sleeping in the hay and pine shavings they are sleeping on the cold ground.

    Should I get the ducks in the coop and close them up for the night? They seem ok. It could be me......the thought of such a cold tookus. They are actually sleeping up against the fence and no protection from the wind. I'm in southeastern NC. We don't get snow but we are getting fridged temps........ brrrrrrr......
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Unless the news is pulling my leg NC is getting snow. or so I thought. Don't know much about ducks though.
     
  3. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    I would lock them up. Just to keep them safe for the most part, but also for the warmth.
     
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  4. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks are readily equipped for winter with there thick down feathers underneath. They can easily handle cold temperatures even with a little wind. I would however watch it if temperatures get in the low teens or the weather calls for precipitation, if that happens i would try to herd them into the coop. Last year i lost a hen when we got some freezing rain and some low temps.
     
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  5. aussiedude248

    aussiedude248 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:For their safety lock them in at night not only for the wind but from Predators.
     
  6. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They certainly will be safer inside of a protected area but ducks do not need any heat during winter. They pull their feet up inside their feathers while sleeping and do not feel the cold the same way you do. They are choosing to sleep where they are comfortable .You can do more harm by projecting your feelings onto them. Give them protection from wind, rain and predators and they will be fine.
     
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    News Flash Folks .................. They are DUCK'S !!!!!!!! they just so happen to love the cold, no need to slam them up into a coop. Most of you Duck folks don't actually know you are doing more harm than good by warming your duck's in coop's and Bldg's. Just because you are cold the same doesn't go for duck's, if you keep them warm you are preventing their down from forming and it will just make them even more susseptable to a chill. so please just leave them be they are trying to tell you something even though you won't listen.

    AL
     
  8. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. CricketYang

    CricketYang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you feed them inside their coop? I feed my ducks every night in their coop. They know that when it gets dark to go stand by their door and I'll come out to feed them, after they're fed and had some water they just settle down in there for the night.
     
  10. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I close my ducks up in a coop at night but the south side of the coop is fence. It is about 10' tall also. I lock them up just to help the LGD because she likes to go the entire perimeter of the farm at night and if she is on the other side I fear something will slink in and grab a sleeping duck. My LGD would be very upset.
    The ducks are fine with the cold but they do have a wind block since this faces south. The chickens are right beside them but I have a tarp over most of their fenced area and of course, the other 3 sides are closed in.
    My ducks even go swimming once I bust the ice off the pools. They can handle cold very well.
     

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