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Winter, ducks, snow/ice storms....bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Well, I have to tell those of you that care for ducks/livestock in areas that have 'real winter' are admirable. My husband asked me what I would do in the winter when I was talking about getting ducks, I said, " Just deal with it". Yep, that's what you do, but I am glad winter events such as we just had are rare around here. We just went through our first 'winter event' with the ducks. Winter event = 12 inches of snow, freezing rain, ice storm, now followed by rain and wind and flooding as we are warming up really quickly. We average maybe 5 inches of snow (maybe) in January total. Last ice storm was 1996 (and I was out of state). Ducks are happier than clams...except I made them stay in their duck houses yesterday in anticipation of the ice storm. 66 hours of no power, no water (no well - we had some reserved but I learned I need a better way to store additional water with the ducks), now a foot of snow melting quickly, and floods and wind to follow. Ducks just love it all....glad I didn't get the chickens I wanted instead of the ducks. Last few days would have been a lot more interesting.
     
  2. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
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    The flock tolerates all the weather excitement better than the humans do!
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That is so cute... I know when it gets bad here I worry so much about my babies, then I go outside and they are all laying around like hey get over it already... LOL
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Ah, winter.

    Here it´s been mild so far. We had 3 feet of snow by this time last year.

    But it´s been nippy (single digits, teens, low twenties F) this week, and tomorrow we´re expecting four to six inches of snow.

    I keep some five gallon jerry cans for water storage. This year it´s been nice, since there were a few times I failed to drain the garden hose so we had no outdoor watering. I am much better at remembering to drain the hose now, and I have found that a pitcher of warm (80 - 100F) water thaws the spigots.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Good for you Amiga, I hate it when I forget to drain the hose... [​IMG]
     
  6. Hunter0704

    Hunter0704 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When our electric was off for three days due to a snow storm, we got buckets of snow and brought them inside the house to melt on top of a kerosene heater. It worked great for the duck water and it also took 10 buckets of snow melted to flush toilets. Both reasons for melting snow were in dire need!
     

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