Winter months

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jerseyduckmom, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Jerseyduckmom

    Jerseyduckmom Out Of The Brooder

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    This will be our first winter with our babies (2 pekins) is there anything I need to be aware of or change for them for the colder months? From what I have read they seem to be hardy creatures.

    Also, I have not gotten an egg from my female in about 5 days. She was laying consistently prior to now. I read something about their laying habits differ in the winter? Should I be concerned?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Always good to be sure, but if it's gotten colder, that can stop laying. Just watch her for any signs of discomfort, walking stiffly, tail pumping, any of that.

    @Jerseyduckmom

    Some ducks are more sensitive to the cold than others - so you need to know your ducks - watch for signs of chilling - I need to keep the flock above 40F at night, due to some not-so-cold-hardy flock members. Daytime, if it's sunny they can often be out in 25F weather, at least for a few hours.

    If you have to leave them in or out all day and it's going to be below freezing, remember ducks can die from hypothermia.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015

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