- Mar 16, 2018
This is my first winter with poultry. I've got the chicken winter situation pretty well figured out but I'm not so sure about my ducks. I have a wire cage that they go into at night and I have a tarp over the top and sides, the back side is sheltered but not tarped, i.e. it's not going to get direct wind but isn't directly covered with the tarp. The front isn't either, is a bit less sheltered than the back but I'd be surprised if it got direct wind. I do have a piece of wood I can put in front of the doorway. I live in Idaho and it gets really cold in the winter. I'm just curious what I should be doing for my ducks for the winter. They have food and water all the time and I have a pond deicer so they can swim even when it's cold. I know they need some ventilation hence why I didn't tarp the whole thing of their cage. It's a small cage but big enough for all 5 of my ducks. It does get warm in there because on cold mornings I see condensation under the tarp (which is clear) I'm just worried that that condensation might lead to frostbite? I have a very small chicken coop they could go into but in all the time I had it next to their pond they never once went in there. All 5 would not fit in there. So i'm kind of waffling on, hopefully someone can make sense of it and give me advice.