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hatched ducks

Post by duckiedee » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:21 pm

have 3 1 week old call ducklings that have been hatched indoors artifically.....need some advice as to when they can be put outdoors. I have a secure pen and house but a tad worried it may be a bit cold for them yet. Should i wait a couple more weeks ? or are they hardy enough to go out now? I know that ducks live outside anyway but because they have been indoors until now i dont want them to become cold and ill. Thanks
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Re: hatched ducks

Post by ncotb » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:12 am

They will need to stay under heat for a bit longer yet. Are you using a lamp or electric hen?
Ducklings usually come off heat quicker than chicks but its still pretty cold at night to put them outdoors.
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Re: hatched ducks

Post by dorsetduckowner » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:37 am

Hiya :) I have week old mallards that are outside all day, but they have an indoor area with a heat lamp that they can access all day too, so if they get cold they can come in. I keep them under heat at night still as it is too cold for ducklings to be without heat at night and also during the day with a cold wind. They cant really come off heat until they have proper feathers but outside time is equally important for them to get the sunlight required for good bone development.

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