Worried about the cold

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by skyjams, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. skyjams

    skyjams In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2009
    Western NC
    Does anyone know if extremely cold weather will hurt my ducks?

    We've had a cold snowy winter this year & tonight it may get to 5 degrees. I have 3 mallards, 5 runners, 3 Kahki's & 2 pilgrim geese. They stay on the pond or on a little island at night . I absolutley cannot catch or herd them to a barn. I built a little
    lean-to shed for their food bowls & put lots of straw in it, but they dont seem to know to stay in it except to eat. Will they be ok in extreme temps? When they were younger I was able to put them up at night, but once they discovered the pond, they rebelled & refused to go to their pen.


  2. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    [​IMG] beautiful pics... just sad about the 5 degrees!! I would think they would be fine ....especially if they all huddle up. Do they stay in the lean-to?
  3. tia

    tia Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    They look pretty happy in their little paradise. I would think if they got too cold they would go to their shed.
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Colder the better when it comes to waterfowl. They love it. They are built differently than we are and never really notice it, especially if you have open water still for them to get on, unfrozen water if much warmer than the air temps. Their feet are the only thing to watch, their bodys are so well insulated that that part of them can go well below zero with absolutely no trouble. That's where open water helps a lot, their feet. But they will often sleep on that island I'm sure, and just suck them up into their warm feather layers, and tuck a bill under a wing.
    A lot of my great lakes area waterfowl breeder buddies keep theirs out all winter, and it's way harsher than we get this way. They keep aerators on their pond to keep the water from totally freezing over, and are good to go. You should be just fine!
    Nice place by the way!
  5. skyjams

    skyjams In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2009
    Western NC
    Quote:Thanks for the info, I'm feeling better now about them. Ducks & geese are amazing animals, God designed them well![​IMG]
  6. poultrypatch

    poultrypatch Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Skyjams...............Love that pic of the duckies !!!! Another GREAT Christmas card for next year !!! Very pretty setting you have there for them !
    Rochester, MA .....where's snowing...AGAIN !
  7. headred

    headred Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Mine also don't seem to mind how cold it gets. We had -1 last night and I saw them sitting right in the middle of the yard last night. This morning they were fluffing their feathers like it was 80 degrees. I'm trying not to worry about them, but I still do!

  8. suburbanduckmom

    suburbanduckmom Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Belmont, CA
    They remind me of penguins out on the island. They could totally see an igloo out there. My spoiled California ducks refuse to get out of bed when there is even a hint of frost on the ground
  9. davony's chicks

    davony's chicks Songster

    May 30, 2009
    Wow! I love that pic! I too was worried about mine in the single digits. I built a large dog house for mine with a hinged roof so that I can easily get the eggs and they seldom use it! They do lay eggs in there but that is it. Freezing rain and they are sitting in the middle of the pen!
  10. Ducks-R-Us

    Ducks-R-Us Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Dakota
    Cold??? [​IMG] You have open water, it can't be that cold. Our water has over a foot of ice on it now and getting thicker everyday. [​IMG] The temp here this morning was -31F. My ducks do go outside but only for a while and then go back into their huts. We are months away from any open water. When it gets all the way up to 5F, I fill the pools for them to play in. [​IMG]
    Nice pictures of your beautiful birds. [​IMG]

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