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Winter Worries

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckling543, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Duckling543

    Duckling543 Hatching

    Sep 23, 2014
    Hi! This is my first time raising ducklings and I am so excited to get them! I want to get them ASAP, but I'm not sure if I should get them this late in the fall. Would they be cold during the winter? They will be in their brooder until they are fully feathered, but I still don't want them to be to cold. The coldest it gets in Winter here is 36 degrees, and even still that is usually rare. I want to order them in November, but I don't know if I should! please help![​IMG][​IMG]

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    36 isn't cold for ducks. They'll be fine.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    It depends on the duck. I have a few runners who do not thrive if night temperatures are below 40˚F, so I keep them in a night shelter that does not get colder than that. Daytime, on a sunny day, 35 is fine, but depending on clouds and precipitation, I may not leave them out all day. I watch them. Hunched shoulders, stiff legs, ruffled feathers, lethargy, are all signs they are getting too cold.
  4. Duckling543

    Duckling543 Hatching

    Sep 23, 2014
    Ok, thank you. I'm getting 2 white crested ducks and I just don't want them to get to cold.[​IMG]

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