Winterizing Duck Pen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BumbleBee&Walle, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. BumbleBee&Walle

    BumbleBee&Walle New Egg

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    Hello all,

    I have two pekin ducks and this will be their second winter with us and first in their new pen setup. We have a 10x10x6 kennel with a roof and a 4x4 house attached. There is a heat lamp in the house and we plan on putting tarps around the sides of the pen to keep the wind from blowing through. I was wondering if we should just put two heat lamps in their house (instead of the one currently) to keep it extra warm, instead putting more heat lamps outside.

    Last winter, we only had one heat lamp in the house and one in the pen. Neither of them seemed to make a big difference. Their water would still sometimes freeze in their house. Also, even if it was freezing outside and their house was warm...they would always sit in the coldest part of their pen. So i don't know how much the cold really bothered them. If it was ever in the teens or below, we would bring them inside, so that's not much of an issue.

    I'm afraid I will be wasting money putting a heat lamp in their pen because it's such a big area and not well insulated that it won't make any difference. I think having two heat lamps in their house would be best. That way if they were really cold, they could go in their house and keep warm.

    What do you guys think? Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
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    hello and welcome to byc! i would not put 2 heatlamps. do you have a basement? could they room their for the winter? i dunno. ducks are pretty hardy and can tolerate the cold.
     
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Remove the heatlamps. Add in straw bedding to the house and a water heater (home made or bought) for their water bucket/bowl. Happy ducks even in the cold.
     
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I have to agree that you should remove the heat lamp. Ducks are covered in down and will be plenty warm on their own. Blocking the wind is the most important. Heat lamps are dangerous and can start fires.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with the others.. we get quite cold here in winter but i have no plans to add heat.. i will need to heat the water but otherwise nope... as a matter of fact it has already hit -4C overnight and the water did not freeze in the duck barn.. they obviously generate a fair bit of warmth [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  6. wackwack

    wackwack Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:how do you home make a water heater???
    there is no kind of water heater to find in ireland...can anyone recommend a good cheap one (i know i know cheap usually isnt good!) that i could get shipped?
     
  7. UrbanFarmerGreg

    UrbanFarmerGreg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I had 2 indian runner ducks and in their house I had a heatlamp which burned out around the new year... so I decided to go with no extra heat, and everything went good. I too need to get a waterer heater or something because changing water several times a day in the winter sucks... now I have 5 ducks and the same size house so again no heat will be required... best of luck on your backyard adventure
     
  8. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Quote:how do you home make a water heater???
    there is no kind of water heater to find in ireland...can anyone recommend a good cheap one (i know i know cheap usually isnt good!) that i could get shipped?

    Do a search for cookie tin water heater. There are a few good threads about it with instructions. It's basically a metal cookie container with a light bulb inside it. I was wondering if it would work with a string of christmas lights (fairy lights?) wound up inside.
     
  9. RunnerWhisperer

    RunnerWhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    We haven't had too cold of weather yet but it's been in the mid 30's to low 40's in the am. Lot's of rain and very wet. So far mine don't seem to mind any of it at all. I removed their pool and set it outside next to the pen, they seemed to have adjusted just fine without it at nighttime. I refill it in the mornings now that it's dark before I get home. I use a lot of straw inside the pen and doghouse.

    This next weekend we will be putting on the roof and wrapping the sides with plastic to keep the wind out. I think they will be just fine. The water freezing will be a challenge but it's really not a big deal. I can bring out a bucket of warm water in the am to help thaw things out and warm up the pool. It's no different to me than refillining the dog dishes on a cold frozen morning. I can't wait to see them in their first snow!
     

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