- Dec 2, 2015
Hey everyone! This is my first winter with my hens and my lovely Muscovy ducks. Im more concerned about my ducks as Ive read that they arent a cold weather duck. It gets cold here! I live in a small town called Summerland located in BC, Canada. Its typical for the cold to get -15 -20C. Right now its only getting about -8C at the worst, which is still pretty warm compared to what we can get. But my ducks seem so cold all the time! They get free range nearly daily and I watch them waddle accross my lawn (or wherever they are waddling to) and they cant make it without getting freezing feet. They gotta lay down to warm them up maybe 10 minutes. Then they will try again. There is that but they also cant enjoy their little pond without coming out just vibrating with cold. I keep pond time limited because I feel awful at how much shivering they do when they come out. I know they dont need swim time, I just know they love it. They have a lovely cozy coop that is very insulated with straw and access to it 24/7. But wherever they are they are always shivering, and its not just a little, its a lot. Very obvious. Im just curious as to how you winter your ducks in Canadian winters. I dont want to spoil my hens and ducks by already putting in a heat lamp, since we arent at our coldest temperatures yet. Ideas?!